It all points to a great autumn at Harrogate Theatre

Northern Broadsides present their latest social comedy The Grand Gesture at Harrogate Theatre.
Northern Broadsides present their latest social comedy The Grand Gesture at Harrogate Theatre.
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As part of its glittering new season, Harrogate Theatre is looking forward to All Points North, an annual mini-season that puts Yorkshire talent in the limelight, returns in September.

Two world premieres, two major revivals and one exciting new play starting its first tour: the second All Points North looks set to capitalise on the success of last year’s inaugural outing, with more plays and more breadth showcasing even more Yorkshire brilliance.

Northern Broadsides is als returning premiering The Grand Gesture, another smashing social comedy.

Fresh Yorkshire company Rich Seam Theatre presents the premiere of Royal Flush, a new Nick Lane comic play.

Yorkshire playwriting institution John Godber revives Teechers, his classic look at education, and Reform Theatre brings Stand, David Bown’s comedy of manners and football, back onto the pitch.

Finally, brand new troupe Elemental Theatre Company takes Sarah Wallis’s The Rain King on its first ever tour, kicking off in Harrogate.

October also sees the hugely popular Harrogate Comedy Festival including the theatre’s second comedian of the year competition.

This year’s big names will include Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Sandi Toksvig, Jeremy Hardy, Andy Parsons and more.

As usual, there will be a fair smattering of comedy stars on the rise whose name will resonate stronger in years to come, giving audiences a chance to say “I saw him/her at Harrogate first”) an example this time being upbeat Aussie joy Adam Hills.

Leading lights in their respective fields, Opera North, Moscow Ballet La Classique and English Touring Opera return to Harrogate Theatres, with ETO back for its third mini-festival, presenting three nights of Baroque Opera from Venice.

There’s a heady line-up of legendary rock’n’rollers and folksters at the Royal Hall including ex-Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, Seth Lakeman, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil with his band Zappa Plays Zappa; Lindisfarne and a folk supergroup with An Albion Christmas.

Last but very far from least, this year’s pantomime is to be Sleeping Beauty. After years of phenomenal success with traditional, family pantos, Phil Lowe will at the helm again with stalwart actors Tim Stedman, Chris Clarkson and Philip Stewart.

For tickets for any of the shows, call Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk