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Friday, 4 January 2013

Theatre programme aims to blow away the winter blues

Entertainment bosses at Harrogate Theatre reckon they've the perfect antidote to the winter blues.

With Christmas a dim and distant memory, it might feel as though there’s nothing to look forward to until Easter. Not so, says the theatre team as it lifts the lid on a programme with what it hopes will be something for everyone.

Bleak mid-winter sets the scene for LipService Theatre’s latest foray into loopy literary parody, Inspector Norse on Tuesday 29 January. This self-assembly crime thriller,which takes place in a knitted set, mixes classic crime thriller references with the current vogue for Nordic TV detectives.

Fresh from a sold-out national tour and much critical acclaim, Townsend Productions’ two-hander version of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists visits the Studio Theatre from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 February.  Using song, comedy and drama, the play follows a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, struggling for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England, throwing themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

The songs of the legendary Woody Guthrie, can be heard, courtesy of folk musicians, at Harrogate Theatre from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 February. Part music, part spoken word, Woody Sez melds Guthrie’s songs with excerpts from newspaper articles he penned for The People’s World.

Music also takes a central role in The Lock In, the new name for an updated version of the critically acclaimed Time Gentlemen Please. This hip-hop extravaganza from folk heroes The Demon Barbers, which lands at Harrogate Theatre on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February, features morris dancing and B-boys, clog girls and sword dancers.

The Watery Journey Of Nereus Pike at the Studio Theatre from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 February, has a less frenetic pace as Fringe First award-winning Laura Mugridge invites audiences to enter her dreamlike seascape. Created in collaboration with Katy Schutte and Tom Adams, the funny tale of an old man floating from the sunshine to the bottom of the sea involves a rave scene, sea creatures and a nautical jumper.

Further information about the shows and ticket details can be found at or through the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116.