13th August 2013
Harrogate Theatre opened in January 1900, when it represented the last word in design and new safety features. The theatre was originally called The Grand Opera House and this name can still clearly be seen on the tower, although it has been known as The Harrogate Theatre since 1958. The theatre was designed by Frank Tugwell, who also designed the interior of the Savoy Theatre, London.
During the course of its lifetime the seating capacity of the theatre has been reduced to less than 500 creating a very comfortable and intimate atmosphere and making attending a performance a very pleasant experience. In recent years the theatre has undergone a major refurbishment to renovate the gilded plasterwork and other internal fittings and is a very enjoyable theatre to visit.