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Upcoming Theatre Events in Harrogate & District

The Harrogate District has a wealth of theatre events in a wide variety of venues throughout the year.

From events that are part of the many festivals that feature in the district’s cultural programme, through to professional touring and in-house productions, or one of our high quality amateur dramatics groups, the range of theatre performances on offer means there is something for everyone.

The fully restored late Victorian Harrogate Theatre boasts a main auditorium seating over 500 and more intimate studio theatre with a full programme throughout the year.

Elsewhere the smaller Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough, the Pateley Bridge Playhouse and Masham Town Hall all boast varied theatrical programmes from the touring companies that visit our village halls to their own acclaimed productions, often exploring local history and themes.

Check out the full programme of Festivals that take place, many of which feature theatrical events. 

During the summer you will find outdoor productions at some of our famous attractions such as RHS Harlow Carr or Knaresborough Castle.  You can get comfortable with a picnic under the summer evening sky, or enjoy an alternative way of exploring the property as you follow the roving production through various locations in the grounds.

There is a very strong amateur dramatic offering with productions on both the main auditorium stage and the more intimate studio at Harrogate Theatre as well as smaller venues throughout the District.

It is easy to see why Harrogate was voted the happiest place to live for three years in a row with annual comedy festivals in both Harrogate and Knaresborough and a number of popular comedy clubs that run during the year.

The Harrogate district enjoys the very best from the UK comedy circuit for both established TV and radio comedy stars as well as up and coming names.

For those who like music with their drama all our venues feature opera and musical theatre and of course Harrogate hosts the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival every August when everything goes a little topsy-turvy.

With new events being added every week there’s always something dramatic to catch your eye when you visit the Harrogate district.

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  1. PQA Harrogate

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    PQA is a weekend performing arts academy providing tuition for children and young people from 3-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age and are...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2017 To 31 Dec 2018
    From:
    11 Oct 2017 To 31 Dec 2018
  2. Music and Lights

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Here at Fountains we're getting into the Christmas spirit and have just the thing to enjoy on a chilly winter weekend: glowing lights, festive music and delicious food and drink. Come and join us!

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  3. Winter Ghost Stories: Oh Whistle

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Written and performed by R M Lloyd Parry

    'A sad tale's best for winter: I have one
    Of sprites and goblins…'
    Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale

    The tradition of the yuletide ghost story probably goes back centuries. But it arguably reached its highpoint in Cambridge, around 1900, when Montague Rhodes...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 15 Dec 2018
  4. Dick Whittington

    Type

    Theatre

    Ripon

    Pop UP Panto: FANTASTIC SHOW FOR ALL THE CHILDREN AND FOR ADULTS .
    DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT

    Dates

    From:
    16 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  5. Winter Ghost Stories: A Warning to The Curious

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Written and performed by R M Lloyd Parry

    'A sad tale's best for winter: I have one
    Of sprites and goblins…'
    Shakesepare, The Winter’s Tale

    The tradition of the yuletide ghost story probably goes back centuries. But it arguably reached its highpoint in Cambridge, around 1900, when Montague Rhodes...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  6. Family audience around Christmas tree

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    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    Looking for something a bit different this Christmas? Create a new tradition at Brimham Rocks and experience a midwinter storytelling event celebrating myths and folklore inspired by the season and the magical landscape of the rocks. Join storyteller Noel Watkins on 22 & 23 December for 40 minutes...

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  7. Camelot - The Panto!

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    Type

    Theatre

    Knaresborough

    The Knaresborough Players will once again be providing an extension to the festive period with their annual family pantomime which runs from Thursday 17th to Saturday 26th January 2019.

    Come one come all to 'Camelot – The Panto!', a show which is sure to be fabulous fun for the whole family – as...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jan 2019 To 26 Jan 2019
  8. Winter Ghost Stories: Shivers

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    By Adam Z Robinson

    A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin.

    The Book of Darkness & Light contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told. Supernatural mysteries stir from its pages.

    You feel a prick on your neck. Your blood stills...

    Dates

    From:
    18 Jan 2019 To 18 Jan 2019
  9. Between Us

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Written and conceived by Elizabeth Carter

    With music and lyrics by Josef Pitura-Riley

    Directed by Rhonda Carlson and Kevan Patriquin 'A heart-warming and thought-provoking production... it holds a lot of resonance and appeal for those looking for a deeper understanding of what it might mean to...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Jan 2019 To 24 Jan 2019
  10. Rouse, Ye Women

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers - a folk opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick

    In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focussed the world's attention on the plight of Britain's low-paid women workers involved in the 'home-working sweated industries', hammering out chain-links in...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Feb 2019 To 9 Feb 2019
    From:
    9 Feb 2019 To 9 Feb 2019
  11. Rouse, Ye Women

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers - a folk opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick

    In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focussed the world's attention on the plight of Britain's low-paid women workers involved in the 'home-working sweated industries', hammering out chain-links in...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Feb 2019 To 9 Feb 2019
    From:
    9 Feb 2019 To 9 Feb 2019
  12. Emergence

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Introducing the new postgraduate performance company of Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford.

    Emergence's inaugural tour for 2019 will see two of the North's dance power house choreographers Joss Arnott (Joss Arnott Dance) and Sharon Watson (Phoenix Dance Theatre), create two original...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Feb 2019 To 9 Feb 2019
  13. 2019 Chinese New Year Extravaganza

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Come and join the celebration as Chinese New Year returns to Harrogate with another unique and exciting show of cultural spectacle.

    Touring across the country to celebrate the biggest festive event on the Chinese calendar, 'Chinese New Year Extravaganza' features a team of performers showcasing...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Feb 2019 To 14 Feb 2019
  14. DadMan; The Bathtime Warrior

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    This is a show about not baby-sitting your own kids.

    DadMan is a warrior. He stands strong at the gates of an ideal Birth-Plan and sings the blues about Being The Only Man At A Parent And Baby Group. He courageously navigates the precipices of School Runs. DadMan enters the contest for the title...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Feb 2019 To 14 Feb 2019
    From:
    14 Feb 2019 To 14 Feb 2019
  15. An Audience with Sir Michael Parkinson 2019

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Sir Michael Parkinson An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2019 To 15 Feb 2019
  16. Odd Encounter

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Everything I know about love, I learned from Brief Encounter. Oh, Fred.

    But when it comes to matters of the heart, could it be time for us to move on? Isn’t all that just a bit old fashioned now?

    A riotous mash-up of cabaret, theatre show and wedding reception, Odd Encounter asks if the whole...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019 To 16 Feb 2019
  17. In Other Words

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    They call it 'the incident' now. What happened, when they first met. He always said it was part of his romantic plan, but they both know that's rubbish.
    Join Arthur and Jane, at the beginning, as they tell us their story.
    Connected by the music of Frank Sinatra, this intimate, humorous and deeply...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2019 To 21 Feb 2019
  18. Women - Wise

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    An evening of contemporary dance theatre presented by Untold Dance Theatre .

    An intergenerational cast of seven women share stories of finding confidence through comedic and thought provoking dance theatre.

    'We want to share our stories of love, loss, loathing and laughter!'

    Women-Wise...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2019 To 21 Feb 2019
  19. Wild

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    It's really hard to talk about birth without descending into enormous clichés. So we are going to do it with ferocity and comedy. And a glitter bomb.

    Katie and Laura talk about birth in different ways. They made a show to challenge that talk, challenge each other and challenge the accepted.

    WILD...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Feb 2019 To 22 Feb 2019
  20. Beyond Belief

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Loss, immortality and our digital souls

    What would happen if you could live forever? If you could bring your loved one back to life and resurrect their digital soul? Beyond Belief is a powerful and moving journey into the unnerving future of life and death in our social media obsessed, technology...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2019 To 23 Feb 2019
  21. Horrible Histories A Brand New Barmy Britain

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

    So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new West End show that has never toured before featuring all new scenes!

    Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans! Would you be shaken...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Feb 2019 To 26 Feb 2019
    From:
    25 Feb 2019 To 26 Feb 2019
  22. A Lad in Pannal pantomime

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Get on board the magic carpet ride with Pannal Players this February half-term for their riotous pantomime 'A Lad in Pannal'. Will cheeky chappie Aladdin come good and get to marry his Princess Joanne or will the evil Shazabanaza set him under her spell to steal the magic lamp? Packed with...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Feb 2019 To 2 Mar 2019
  23. ZOG

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.

    Luckily, the plucky...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Feb 2019 To 28 Feb 2019
    From:
    28 Feb 2019 To 28 Feb 2019
    From:
    28 Feb 2019 To 28 Feb 2019
  24. Sparkplug

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    A new play by David Judge

    Finalist for Alfred Fagon Award

    Best New Play of the Year 2017

    'He's got two Dads, my lad. One’s black. That makes him black. I suppose.'

    Manchester, 1983. Dave loves Rod Stewart, Joanne and his Ford Capri. He's all set for a new start. Only Joanne's about to have...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Mar 2019 To 12 Mar 2019
  25. Unsung

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Ada Lovelace.

    Sophia Jex-Blake.

    Lilian Bader.

    Andrea Dunbar.

    Heard of any of them? Neither had we. And we're meant to be a group of feminists.

    Unsung explores the untold stories of four pioneering and inspirational female figures from our past, asking why they, and hundreds like them, have...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Mar 2019 To 14 Mar 2019
  26. Rabbit Girl & The Search For Wonder

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    A new family show with music, animation and puppetry

    Something impossible has happened, something no one saw coming. So Rabbit Girl and her Dad have done what they do best - pulled on their boots, packed their tent and headed off into the wilderness.

    Join them around the campfire to hear about...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Mar 2019 To 16 Mar 2019
    From:
    16 Mar 2019 To 16 Mar 2019
    From:
    16 Mar 2019 To 16 Mar 2019
  27. Police Cops In Space

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Multi Award-Winning comedy company POLICE COPS are back with their highly anticipated second show - the Winner of 'The Amused Moose Outstanding Show Award 2018' and Edinburgh Fringe TOTAL SELL OUT comedy blockbuster POLICE COPS IN SPACE; an 80's 'low-fi sci-fi' set in the most dangerous place on...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Mar 2019 To 27 Mar 2019
  28. Feral

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Created by Sonya Moorhead, directed by Debs Newbold, live music by The Greyhounds

    Ever wondered if you missed your chance to be wild?

    Sonya has been spinning a lot of plates recently; she's really good at it but she's definitely not the untamed woman she thought she'd be by now. Sometimes she...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Mar 2019 To 28 Mar 2019
  29. Sooty's Magic Show

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Izzy wizzy let's get busy! Sooty is back in a brand-new show with guaranteed giggles for the whole family! Direct from their new series on itv Sooty, Sweep and Soo head into town accompanied by TV's Richard Cadell.

    Sooty has a magic wand for every occasion - but with Sweep as his magical...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Mar 2019 To 30 Mar 2019
    From:
    30 Mar 2019 To 30 Mar 2019
  30. Wilde Without The Boy - The Ballad Of Reading Goal

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    A Celebration of Oscar Wilde with Olivier Nominee Gerard Logan

    Wilde Without the Boy:

    The award-winning Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatisation of De Profundis, Oscar Wilde’s searing letter to his gay lover, written from Reading Gaol.

    The Ballad of Reading Gaol:

    Written by Oscar Wilde after...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Apr 2019 To 15 Apr 2019
  31. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly...

    But The People’s Theatre Company do!

    And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams' best selling book!

    From the...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Apr 2019 To 16 Apr 2019
  32. Dear Zoo

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    After a successful debut tour, Dear Zoo the timeless children's classic book returns to the stage in 2019!

    Rod Campbell's best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982. And has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.

    This...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Apr 2019 To 17 Apr 2019
    From:
    17 Apr 2019 To 17 Apr 2019
    From:
    18 Apr 2019 To 18 Apr 2019
    From:
    18 Apr 2019 To 18 Apr 2019
  33. Milkshake Live!

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Milkshake Monkey can't wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

    Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your...

    Dates

    From:
    18 Apr 2019 To 18 Apr 2019
    From:
    18 Apr 2019 To 18 Apr 2019
  34. 100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Since the accident, Kat’s having trouble with her memory. Her only escape from her muddled mind is a hospital ward TV.

    A bombastic and comedic insight into one person’s mind. This heart-warming story explores Kat’s recovery as she fights her anxieties and faces her fears. Witty dialogue, puppetry...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2019 To 20 Apr 2019
  35. Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!

    Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn't always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn't have wings and he doesn't do magic, but...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Apr 2019 To 26 Apr 2019
    From:
    27 Apr 2019 To 27 Apr 2019
    From:
    27 Apr 2019 To 27 Apr 2019
    From:
    27 Apr 2019 To 27 Apr 2019
  36. Same Same Different

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Written by Naomi Sumner Chan

    An original and affecting new verbatim play about adoption, identity and belonging that gives adoptees from all over the world the chance to share their adoption story in their own words.

    Inspired by Naomi's own experiences as a Trans- racial adoptee, adopted from...

    Dates

    From:
    8 May 2019 To 8 May 2019
  37. Puss In Boots

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Puss in Boots is no ordinary cat. Clever and charming, he takes life in his stride and befriends everyone he meets. The only thing is, he always seems to bring his master, Jack, bad luck.

    Join Puss and Jack on their adventure as they meet a flurry of lovable characters, and even come face to face...

    Dates

    From:
    30 May 2019 To 30 May 2019
    From:
    30 May 2019 To 30 May 2019
    From:
    31 May 2019 To 31 May 2019
    From:
    31 May 2019 To 31 May 2019
    From:
    31 May 2019 To 31 May 2019
  38. The Listening Room

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    "There is a bit that's gonna blow your mind. I'll let you sit down and tell ya"

    A stirring exploration of life, death and justice, The Listening Room features the true stories of five people whose lives were transformed by three moments of violence.

    Years after trial and punishment, each one of...

    Dates

    From:
    30 May 2019 To 31 May 2019
  39. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The 8th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival (1st-16th Oct 2016) features handpicked acts from across the globe to the town. With acts from Australia, America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Europe it’s a comedy festival with an exciting international twist.

    The 2016 line-up includes Ross Noble,...

    Venue

    Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    3 Oct 2019 To 20 Oct 2019

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