It’s nice to see that in all the exciting rejuvenation of Harrogate Theatre, amid all the top comedy and general entertainment, there’s still space for drama. Though any self-respecting venue hoping to prosper needs to have the proverbial ‘bit of everything’, a theatre without drama is a little like a great ship that does everything but sail.
This autumn sees Harrogate Theatre balancing out its highly popular Harrrogate Comedy Festival with some real gritty drama - and some scary moments. too.
Freshly launched is All Points North, a month of new theatre, featuring three brand new co-productions with Northern Broadsides; Reform Theatre and North Country Theatre.
These three highly-acclaimed Yorkshire theatre companies will present, respectively, Gogol’s A Government Inspector, Nick Lane’s Seconds Out and JS Fletcher’s The Lighthouse on Shivering Sands.
The the good news is that BBC 4’s Front Row team visited the theatre last Friday to focus on its new drama season, partcularly Northern Broadsides’ A Government Inspector.
Directed by the company’s associate director Conrad Nelson, in keeping with the adaptation’s’ northerness’, brass band tunes are woven into this comedy of errors which retains modern appeal.
Looking slightly further ahead, in October, Harrogate Studio Theatre presents three productions guaranteed to get the hairs rising on the back of your neck.
This treat for fans of horror stories and spooky tales will range from traditional English ghost stories to a contemporary tale of grim social realities, to genuinely weird science fiction from the father of modern horror.
Produced by Fifth Word, Bones, which runs on Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday,