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What is rep theatre and why is it coming back?

Harrogate Theatre

Published at 5:04pm 20th August 2018. (Updated at 5:07pm 20th August 2018)

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Harrogate Theatre are looking forward to a run of rep theatre featuring three different plays from 4th to 22nd September 2018. 

  • 'Boeing Boeing' Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th September
  • 'Dial M for Murder' Tuesday 11th - Saturday 15th September
  • 'Private Lives' Tuesday 18th - 22nd September

Harrogate had a strong reputation for repertory theatre between 1930 and 1960 so it's coming back! Tickets are now on sale for the three plays.

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What is 'Rep Theatre' and when was it big in Harrogate?

Rep (or repertory) Theatre is simply when one theatre company stays at one venue for a prolonged period of time performing a variety of different shows. 

It was originally created to make theatre most economical during the era when the industry saw a drop in audiences following the revolution of radio and cinema in the 1930s. 

The White Rose Players was formed in Harrogate and was one of the first in the UK, performing around 45 plays a year. The group continued into the 1950s. 

Harrogate Theatre exterior of building

The modern day take on this traditional way of producing theatre is spread over three weeks this year and features Phil & Ben Productions which was set up by local actors Phil Stewart and Ben Roddy. 

As Harrogate Theatre describes it - Three plays, Three weeks, One company

Tickets are now available with special offers and VIP packages at Harrogate Theatre.

Ben Franklin talked to Rachel Auty and Phil Stewart from Harrogate Theatre on the Stray FM Family Show:

More family shows from Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

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