By Graham Chalmers
From Dracula to The Mouse Trap, brand new drama to classic plays, Harrogate Theatre has a seriously exciting line-up of productions coming up in 2014.
A thrilling production of Dracula in the Main House between January 28- 31 gets the ball rolling in chilling style.
Blackeyed Theatre Group’s production stays true to Bram Stoker’s original classic but has a contemporary feel through inventive staging.
Valentine’s Day is going to be an eerie experience, with productions of M. R. James’ ghost stories in the Studio Theatre on the nights of February 14-15.
Robert Lloyd Parry’s Nunkie Theatre Company will be tackling four of James’ stories over the two nights.
The first night will be a production of Oh, Whistle, And I’ll Come to You, My lad, perhaps, James’ most notable ghost story about an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a Knights Templar cemetery on the East Anglian coast.
This will be coupled with The Ash Tree, a tale of sorcery and vengeance travelling through generations.
The second night will focus on Canon Alberic’s Scrap- Book, which will be told alongside The Mezzotint.
Alan Ayckbourn’s sophisticated comedy Bedroom Farce will be shown in the Main House between February 25-March 8.
The production will be presented by Oldham Coliseum and Harrogate Theatre, the team behind last year’s smash hit Sugar Daddies.
The director is Robert Herford, who directed West End hit The Woman in Black.
Over the course of one night, an outrageously selfish couple parade their problems around the bedrooms of three other couples, exposing the cracks in other people’s marriages as well as their own.
There will be another focus on relationships in D C Jackson’s cracking comedy My Romantic History, which Reform Theatre and Harrogate Theatre are co-presenting in the Studio Theatre between February 27-March 8.
Finally, looking even further ahead, Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap arrives on its 60th anniversary tour on June 16 while award-winning theatre company 1927 are in residence for a week from July 14.
Tickets for all the above can be booked on 01423 502116 or online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk.