Theatre and RedHouse link up in new exhibition

Chris Barber and Sister Rosetta Tharpe onstage at Harrogate's Royal Hall in 1958. (Image copyright of Terry Cryer 2011)
Chris Barber and Sister Rosetta Tharpe onstage at Harrogate's Royal Hall in 1958. (Image copyright of Terry Cryer 2011)
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HARROGATE Theatre has announced they are to link up with the highly acclaimed RedHouse Original Gallery in Harrogate to present a series of exhibitions in the theatre’s bar areas.

The opening work will see an exhibition of pictures by Leeds born photographer Terry Cryer.

This special exhibition will also feature the unveiling of rare and unseen images from the archives.

Born in Leeds in 1934, Cryer first made his name photographing the legends of the jazz and blues explosion in England in the mid to late 1950s.

Sammy Davis Jnr was so enamoured with Cryer’s photograph, taken in a London nightclub in 1960, that he would go onto use it as his publicity shot throughout the 1960s.

Cryer’s photographs will go on display in both the theatre’s bars, with each drawing on a different aspect of his career.

The Stalls Bar will feature a jazz and blues theme focusing on selected images from the mid to late 1950s. Highlights include images of Davis Jnr and Muddy Waters plus the unveiling of a photograph with a very special link to Harrogate. Unseen until now,

Cryer’s portrait of Chris Barber and Sister Rosetta Tharpe onstage at Harrogate’s Royal Hall in 1958 will go on public display for the first time.

The Circle Bar will feature Cryer’s Stars of the stage and silver screen, including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Steve McQueen and Peter Sellers.

Many of the shots taken in the early 1960s during Cryer’s time as in-house photographer at the London Palladium.

The portrait of Peter O’Toole will go on public display for the first time at the theatre.