By Graham Chalmers
I was kindly given a behind the scenes preview of Harrogate Youth Theatre’s next show - Roald Dahl’s award-winning The Witches - and, boy, it’s looking good.
Adapted for the stage by David Wood, directed by panto legend Phil Lowe and brought to life by the talented youngsters of HYT, the sets alone are worth seeing.
Following 2010’s smash hit The BFG (also directed by Lowe) and 2012’s breathtaking Treasure Island, The Witches is HYT’s third large-scale production, taking place on the main stage from August 7-9.
Lighter and more fun than the movie version, this new adaptation is a spectacular show for all the family complete with genuine magical transformations.
Meanwhile, to put the spotlight on two big forthcoming shows, Harrogate Theatre is releasing 500 pigeons round Harrogate next week - paper origami ones, that is. Inspired by Pigeon, a new family production from Lunabug coming to the theatre in September, the idea is that any child who finds a ‘pigeon’ should return it to the theatre foyer with their name and address.
A winner will be picked to receive a family ticket to this year’s hot ticket - the pantomime, Cinderella!