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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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Ongoing Events

  1. Don't Look Away

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    This is like throwing a punch at a tidal wave. It's not going to make it stop or slow down. It's just going to engulf you, and me. Until there's nothing left.

    2015. A young man enters a community centre, covered in flour and looking for help. He finds Cath, a cleaner, who reluctantly lets him stay...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Apr 2019 To 24 Apr 2019
    From:
    25 Apr 2019 To 25 Apr 2019
    From:
    26 Apr 2019 To 26 Apr 2019
  2. Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

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    Type

    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
  3. An Evening with Aggers

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Since the home Ashes series in 2013, the Evenings with Aggers shows have been delighting audiences and selling out theatres all over England.

    Jonathan Agnew learnt his craft under the tutelage of Brian Johnston, emerging from the notoriety of the gloriously funny 'leg over' incident (yes, you will...

    Dates

    From:
    1 May 2019 To 1 May 2019
  4. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Ripon

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    1 May 2019 To 1 May 2019
  5. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    5 May 2019 To 5 May 2019
  6. Same Same Different

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    Type

    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
  7. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    9 May 2019 To 9 May 2019
  8. Iolanthe

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    Type

    Theatre

    Knaresborough

    A spellbinding musical fantasy, Iolanthe is Gilbert & Sullivan at their sublime and satirical best. Surprisingly topical, the world of politics and the world of fairy-tales collide in this irreverent send-up of the Parliament, set to some of the most beautiful music ever written by Sir Arthur...

    Dates

    From:
    9 May 2019 To 9 May 2019
    From:
    10 May 2019 To 10 May 2019
  9. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    17 May 2019 To 17 May 2019
  10. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    19 May 2019 To 19 May 2019
  11. A Machine They're Secretly Building

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    A Machine they're Secretly Building is about how we got to the point where our governments are spying on us and how that is changing who we are.

    The show takes in the 1972 chess world championships between Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet...

    Dates

    From:
    23 May 2019 To 23 May 2019
  12. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Boroughbridge

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    26 May 2019 To 26 May 2019
  13. Puss In Boots

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    Type

    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
  14. The Listening Room

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    Type

    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
  15. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jun 2019 To 21 Jun 2019
  16. Harrogate International Festivals - Young Musicians, Solem String Quartet

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Winner of the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet was formed in 2011 at the University of Manchester. The quartet takes its name from the university’s motto “arduus ad solem”, meaning “striving towards the sun”. In keeping with its name, the Solem Quartet’s first...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jul 2019 To 4 Jul 2019
  17. Harrogate International Festivals - Young Musicians, Christian Li

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Christian Li, 11 years-old, was born in Melbourne Australia in 2007 and began learning the violin at the age of 5, showing great interest and talent in music. He is studying under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

    Christian came to...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jul 2019 To 6 Jul 2019
  18. Harrogate International Festivals - Oddsocks, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Oddsocks Productions return to celebrate their 30th Anniversary year with yet another high-energy, feel-good, family theatre show. Pack your picnic and join the crazy theatre troupe for a festival of music, magic and mayhem as they bring that Shakespearean favourite “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, to...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Jul 2019 To 10 Jul 2019
  19. Harrogate International Festivals - Concert by Candlelight, Gesualdo Six

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the group went on to give over sixty...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Jul 2019 To 12 Jul 2019
  20. Harrogate International Festivals - Young Musicians, Rob Burton

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Hailing from a farming family in Cambridgeshire, saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 at the age of eighteen. He went on to secure a place in the Grand Final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, where he performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Jul 2019 To 13 Jul 2019
  21. Harrogate International Festivals - Young Musicians, Xinyuan Wang

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Chinese pianist Xinyan Wang was born in 1995 and began his musical education at the age of 10. A year later he won the prestigious XingHaiBei National Competition in China, and at 12 he was placed second in the 71st Steinway National competition in China.

    When he was 16, he began his studies...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jul 2019 To 26 Jul 2019
  22. Harrogate International Festivals - Festival Finale: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Founded in 1840 by a group of Liverpool music-lovers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra and one the world’s oldest concert societies. The Orchestra gives over 70 concerts each season in its home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

    Julian...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Jul 2019 To 27 Jul 2019
  23. The Gondoliers, The National G&S Opera Company

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company returns with a sparkling new production of The Gondoliers. This is a visually stunning show with toe-tapping tunes and glorious, lively dances and has proved to be one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most enduring successes.
    Marco and Guiseppe, the handsome...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Aug 2019 To 7 Aug 2019
    From:
    7 Aug 2019 To 7 Aug 2019
    From:
    18 Aug 2019 To 18 Aug 2019
  24. Patience, Forbear! Theatre

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Forbear! Theatre is a professional company that has been producing G&S since 2015. They treat the operas like ordinary plays and use the text and music to dictate their movement. They made a very popular debut at the Festival last year with a sparkling "Iolanthe" and we are delighted to welcome...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Aug 2019 To 8 Aug 2019
  25. Iolanthe, New London Opera Group

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    The New London Opera Group will be hoping to go one better at next year's festival. In 2017 they were the second runners-up. In 2018 they were runners-up with an outstanding production of "Patience." In 2019 they return with Iolanthe, the story of a fairy who has been banished from fairyland for...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Aug 2019 To 9 Aug 2019
  26. The Handlebards: The Tempest

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    Type

    Theatre

    Ripon

    ue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

    Join their all-female troupe at the Workhouse Museum for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' like no other. In usual HandleBards style, expect...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Aug 2019 To 9 Aug 2019
  27. The Mikado, The National G&S Opera Company

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, The Mikado satirises British society, customs and pretensions through a farcical Gilbertian plot brimming with humour.
    In the topsy turvy world of The Mikado, flirting is punishable by death and Nanki-Poo (the son of The Mikado disguised as a wandering...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Aug 2019 To 10 Aug 2019
    From:
    14 Aug 2019 To 14 Aug 2019
    From:
    17 Aug 2019 To 17 Aug 2019
  28. The Pirates of Penzance, The National G&S Opera Company

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan's great comic creations full of memorable melodies you will be humming all the way home.
    Jam-packed with sentimental, swashbuckling pirates who are really peers of the realm, a completely dotty Major General and a...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Aug 2019 To 10 Aug 2019
    From:
    11 Aug 2019 To 11 Aug 2019
    From:
    18 Aug 2019 To 18 Aug 2019
  29. The Yeomen of the Guard, The National G&S Opera Company

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy, Elsie...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2019 To 11 Aug 2019
    From:
    14 Aug 2019 To 14 Aug 2019
    From:
    17 Aug 2019 To 17 Aug 2019
  30. The Sorcerer, Peak Opera

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Peak Opera was founded in 2005 especially to perform at the festival in Buxton – hence the name "Peak!" Over the years they have gone from strength to strength bringing performers to the festival from a wide variety of sources. They were runners up in 2014 and 2016.
    After the resounding success of...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Aug 2019 To 12 Aug 2019
  31. Trial by Jury & HMS Pinafore, Bus Pass Opera

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Established exclusively for the over 60s this will be Bus Pass Opera's sixth production and there is no doubt their audience support grows year on year. The performers themselves boast an amazing pedigree of experience in performing Gilbert and Sullivan and they certainly demonstrate that age is no...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Aug 2019 To 13 Aug 2019
  32. Princess Ida, SavoyNet Performing Group

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    SavoyNet are the current International Champions following their outstanding production of "Patience" last year. Founded in 1994 by Bill Venman, an American G&S enthusiast who wanted to communicate with like-minded individuals via the newfangled Internet it now has almost 1000 Google and Facebook...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Aug 2019 To 15 Aug 2019
  33. HMS Pinafore, Charles Court Opera

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    The 'Masters of Gilbert and Sullivan in small spaces' Charles Court Opera will be presenting a fresh take on HMS Pinafore, the earliest enduring success of Gilbert and Sullivan's famous collaboration which remains a firm favourite with audiences. It contains some of Sullivan's sunniest music and...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Aug 2019 To 16 Aug 2019
  34. Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    Type

    Theatre

    Ripon

    Shakespeare returns to Newby

    We are delighted to announce that The The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest.

    “My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.”

    12...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Aug 2019 To 23 Aug 2019
  35. 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
  36. Fountains by Floodlight

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water gardens. Listen to a live performance from the choir and join an evening guided tour, you might even catch a glimpse of our mysterious roving monk. 

    £10 adult, £5...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Oct 2019 To 5 Oct 2019
    From:
    12 Oct 2019 To 12 Oct 2019
    From:
    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
    From:
    25 Oct 2019 To 25 Oct 2019
    From:
    26 Oct 2019 To 26 Oct 2019
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    1 Nov 2019 To 1 Nov 2019
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    2 Nov 2019 To 2 Nov 2019

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