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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. Fountains by Floodlight

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    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:
    26 Oct 2018 To 26 Oct 2018
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    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
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    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
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    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  3. The Mysterium

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Sony award winning Radio 3 and Radio 4 presenter David Bramwell brings you his one-man show based on his best-selling book. He explores some of the strangest stories of our modern age:

    What is the mysterious hum that began in Bristol and now plagues thousands of people across the world? Could it...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2018 To 26 Oct 2018
  4. A Victorian Séance

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    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Join Mystery Entertainer Paul Forster to experience a re-creation of a traditional Victorian Séance at the prestigious Harrogate Club.

    Mysterious and darkly entertaining, this heart pounding evening of spirit theatre is nothing short of astonishing.

    The Harrogate Club is the perfect setting...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  5. Hairspray The Musical

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy's audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for racial equality.

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  6. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Thankful Village'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Wetherby

    An original comedy-drama by Kate Bramley (ex-Hull Truck Theatre) with music by (SONY Radio Academy Award Winner) Jez Lowe & design by Catherine Dawn.
    A poignant play that follows the lives of three women from the same rural household - above & below stairs - through the long years of The Great...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Nov 2018 To 1 Nov 2018
  7. Swan Lake

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Swan Lake - a timeless ballet with exquisite dancing

    Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

    Featuring live Orchestra with over 30 musicians

    After sell-out performances last year, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back for its annual UK tour with spellbinding, lavish, full-production touring...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Nov 2018 To 12 Nov 2018
  8. Giselle

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Giselle - A Romantic Ballet in which love triumphs over betrayal.

    Music by Adolphe Adam

    Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a live Orchestra with over 30 musicians.

    After a sell-out performances last year, Russian State Ballet and Opera House return for their annual UK tour with the...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2018 To 13 Nov 2018
  9. Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett

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    Type

    Theatre

    Pateley Bridge

    A classic bawdy comedy, with elements of farce and pantomime - contains adult themes, not for the faint hearted!

    Dates

    From:
    19 Nov 2018 To 24 Nov 2018
  10. Music and Lights

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    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:
    24 Nov 2018 To 25 Nov 2018
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    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
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    8 Dec 2018 To 8 Dec 2018
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    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
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    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  11. Winter Ghost Stories: Oh Whistle

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    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
  12. Winter Ghost Stories: A Warning to The Curious

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    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
  13. 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
  14. Winter Ghost Stories: Shivers

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    Type

    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
  15. 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
  16. Rouse, Ye Women

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    Type

    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
  17. Rouse, Ye Women

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    Type

    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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Odd Encounter

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    Type

    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
  21. Women - Wise

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    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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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