Lawrence Batley Theatre announces new autumn season

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The Lawrence Batley Theatre has announced a host of thrilling productions for the new season including English Touring Theatre’s Othello, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush and the theatre’s third in-house pantomime Aladdin. Tickets go on sale on Friday 13 July.

In the Performance Programme Opera North’s Whistle Stop Opera offers a bitesize performance on Thursday 27 September for those who have never experienced opera before. The Leeds company will then host Sing On – a singing group for over 55s each week at the theatre with a free taster session starting on Thursday 9 August. In October English Touring Theatre bring their modern-day production of Othello having received rave reviews. Local artists will also be invited to perform their response to the piece as part of The Othello Project on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October.

Two of the most thoughtful and inspirational theatre companies – Unlimited and RashDash, join together for new production Future Bodies (Friday 19 October) which combines science and art to present a kaleidoscopic montage of words, music and movement. Then the LBT’s spookiest event of the year Hallowe’en Happening takes over the building on Saturday 27 October with a late night screening of Carrie, interactive performances, make-up and live music to shake your bones to.

Northern Broadsides return with Conrad Nelson directing the Dario Fo farce They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! from Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 November. This classic comedy is a fast and furious political satire on the plight of the working poor, transposed to Brexit Britain.

This Christmas the Lawrence Batley Theatre present their third in-house pantomime Aladdin (Friday 7 December – Sunday 6 January). Following the success of Jack & the Beanstalk and Cinderella, the creative team of Director Joyce Branagh and Writer Andrew Pollard return with a magical adventure for all the family. Go on a magic carpet ride with Aladdin where wishes really do come true!

This season the LBT continues to showcase artists who are making work about personal challenges and social concerns. The Class Project (Tuesday 9 October), is a show about belonging and regional identity, Gutted (Tuesday 30 October) is performed by Liz Richardson as she invites you on a journey of love, laughter and inflammatory bowel disease and Pricks (Thursday 15 November) explores Type 1 Diabetes through spoken word and projection.

The In Motion programme highlights the best in international dance and circus this autumn. Following Bromance and Kin, Barely Methodical Troupe return with Shift (Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 September), Motionhouse use projections fusing art and science in Charge (Tuesday 23 October) and Phoenix Dance Theatre bring their 2018 Mixed Programme (Thursday 22 November) to the main stage including the acclaimed Windrush: Movement of the People.

As part of the Sounds Programme Huddersfield Jazz celebrate 30 years with Claire Martin and Ray Gelato on Friday 21 September. Roger Davies and His Band will also perform on the main stage for the first time on Saturday 22 September. In November The UK’s original touring taiko tribe the Mugenko Taiko Drummers display breath-taking high energy and powerful rhythms in their new show Tribe (Sunday 11 November) and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival bring a UK premiere to the LBT with Harriet (Tuesday 20 November) – a new music- theatre piece depicting the life and impact of 18th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Comedians continue to shine as part of the Laughs programme.

Daliso Chaponda gives audiences another chance to see his hit show What The African Said (Saturday 6 October), with both Dane Baptist (Thursday 18 October) and Jason Byrne (Saturday 3 November) returning with new stand-up material. The LBT’s popular Comedy Cellar returns this autumn with comedians including Glenn Moore, Seymour Mace, Jo Enright and Allyson June Smith, and Frisky & Mannish keyboard player Matthew Floyd Jones returns with his award-winning parody show Richard Carpenter Is Close To You (Saturday 24 November).

The Imagine series continues to entertain little ones and their families. This season Garlic Theatre bring their own take on the Three Pigs with Three Pig Tails (Saturday 29 September), babies and their parents can enjoy their first trip to the theatre with Little Star (Saturday 17 November) and families can spend the afternoon inside a magical canvas dome with Small Worlds (Saturday 26 January).

Victoria Firth, Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome back some of the country’s biggest touring companies alongside exciting new artists, digital innovators and spectacular dance and circus. Producing work here is always a treat and we can’t wait to share our third pantomime, Aladdin, made specially for family audiences over the festive season.’

 The official unveiling of the autumn season will take place with the Season Preview on Tuesday 4 September. The free event hosted by Director Victoria Firth will include guests from Unlimited Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Aladdin director Joyce Branagh and a live performance from Roger Davies.

Tickets for the autumn season go on sale on Friday 13 July via the Box Office on 01484 430528 and at thelbt.org