Dramatic preview of Harrogate Theatre shows

Harrogate Theatre.
Harrogate Theatre.

By Weekend Editor Grhaam Chalmers

After winning rave reviews on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row last year, Harrogate Theatre is to repeat its collaboration with the renowned Northern Broadsides.

The new show, The Grand Gesture, will be one of the highlights of the theatre’s summer/autumn programme which has been revealed exclusively to the Harrogate Advertiser.

It’s the follow-up to previous co-production A Government Inspector, a joint venture which brought a visit from the BBC arts show which is hosted by Mark Lawson - and an entertaining interview with Halifax-based Nothern Broadsides’ founder and artistic director Barrie Rutter!

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew, The Grand Gesture is a new version of Nikolai Erdman’s darkly comic classic The Suicide

Harrogate Theatre’s new brochure, which comes out next month, affords further proof, if it was needed, that its growing reputation is based as much on quality drama as its hit comedy and music shows.

Another big hitter in the new programme is the London and Broadway smash The Pitmen Painters, the tale of a group of Ashington miners who take up painting from the pen of Lee ‘Billy Elliot’ Hall. It will run for a week at Harrogate Theatre from July, Monday 15 to Saturday, July 2).

And 2’s Company, Harrogate Theatre’s hugely popular, groundbreaking festival of uniquely small theatrical events is back in June.

This year’s quirky and fun series of midget gems will include London International Mime Festival hit Les Hommes Vides.

Audience members will also be given the chance to be a flying trapeze daredevil – courtesy of video goggles and headphones – in what is only the second UK performance of Il Pixel Rosso’s exciting circus show, The Great Spavaldos.

For more information, visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk