New theatre seasons – the north’s best local theatres and entertainment venues

With winter fast approaching and the weather turning, many of us will no doubt be looking for things to do that don’t involve braving the elements. So why not pay a visit to your local theatre? The north is home to some of the best theatres and entertainment venues the country has to offer and many have just released their new seasons for 2018/19.

Here are our favourites.

Keighley Playhouse

5 Devonshire Street, Keighley, BD21 2BH

In June 1947, seven like-minded people gathered in Oakworth to discuss forming a small, amateur group for the staging of plays. The Keighley Little Theatre – as it was then known – performed ‘When We Are Married’ as their first production to a supportive and enthusiastic audience. Today – 71 years later, they occupy fantastic premises on Devonshire Street where they continue to stage Dramas, Comedies & Farces and are officially known as ‘The Keighley Playhouse’.

Season tickets are available, ensuring a guaranteed seat for every production. The bar opens from 6:45pm, curtain up at 7.30pm and drinks can be pre-ordered for the interval. Or, if a cup of tea is more your thing, purchase a tea-token before the show for tea and biscuits to be delivered to your seat. The auditorium is air conditioned and equipped with hearing enhancement to make your visit a pleasurable experience. Street parking is available and it’s less than a 10-minute walk from the train and bus station.

For information on their current season please visit our website. For all social events including Quiz Nights, Bowling & Seaside trips and to keep up-to-date with all happenings at the Playhouse, follow us on Social Media.

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Skipton Town Hall

Skipton Town Hall

High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH

Tucked away in Skipton Town Hall is their beautiful Concert Hall, home to their esteemed performance programme. The largest space in the Town Hall, they have a season packed with performances, events, activities and exhibitions, from theatre and film to classical music and tea dances! There’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! Highlights of their upcoming Autumn/Winter season include History Wardrobe: V for Victory – an uplifting presentation about life on the home front in World War 1 (20th September), Bent Architect: Women of Aktion – an imagined piece which weaves together newly unearthed verbatim histories of the women of Kiel with the radical force of Joan Littlewood (20th October) and Red Ladder Theatre Company’s, The Damned United – a play set in 1974 which explores Brian Clough trying to redeem his managerial career by winning the European Cup with new team Leeds United (16th November).

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Manchester Opera House

Manchester Opera House

3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP

One of the Manchester’s most popular theatres, Manchester Opera House has a wide and varied programme covering everything from drama and comedy to musicals and dance. Situated in the city centre on Quay Street, Manchester Opera House is close to hotels, bars and restaurants meaning it’s the perfect option for those of you looking to make a night of it. Their new season has everything from chat shows to musicals and pantomimes ensuring there is something for everyone. Some of the shows we’re excited about include An Evening With Stacey Dooley (10th October), Kinky Boots featuring  Corrie star, Paula Lane (12th Nov-1st Dec) and their annual pantomime featuring Northern Life cover star, Connor McIntyre.

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Blackpool Opera House and Winter Gardens

Blackpool Opera House and Winter Gardens

Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HW

Blackpool’s number one entertainment hotspot, the infamous Winter Gardens is also home to Blackpool Opera House – one of the largest theatres in Europe with a whopping capacity of 2,813! With a range of incredible shows lined up from dancing championships to theatre and comedy, Blackpool Opera House is the perfect place to fill your boots on the north’s premier entertainment offerings. Our top picks include Northern Life cover star, Noel Fitzpatrick’s Supervet – Welcome To My World (14th October), British National Dance Championships (15th-17th Nov) and Wizard of Oz (7th-30th December).

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The Albert Halls, Bolton

Bolton Albert Halls

The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU

Situated right in the heart of Bolton, The Albert Halls is Bolton’s brilliant all-round entertainment venue. With a 670 seat theatre as well as an array of function rooms, The Albert Halls plays host to entertainment, theatre and even weddings! Set within the town’s famous town hall, Bolton’s Albert Halls are the perfect place to go for entertainment in Bolton. Highlights from this season include their first in-house production, hit musical ‘The Last Five Years’ (21-23 November) and their pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1-30 December).

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