it will be a variety show with a difference – the difference being that the evening’s entertainment is entirely free and intended as a taster of the season ahead at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
From illusion and special effects to drama and ukulele music, the event on Monday (January 26) in Huddersfield promises something for all tastes and comes with a side helping of complementary drinks and nibbles.
Season previews have become a regular fixture at the LBT and offer a chance for theatre-goers to find out what’s coming up. It’s a fun and free alternative to simply reading the theatre’s What’s On guide.
As well as a performance by illusionist Michael Jordan (High Jinx) and the sounds of players from the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, the evening will welcome writer Vanessa Brooks, who is directing Snakebite, the latest show from LBT resident company Dark Horse; and Kevin Shaw, director of the gothic chiller The Mist in the Mirror, adapted from the novel by Susan Hill (author of The Woman in Black). Marianne McNamara, artistic director of Marsden’s Mikron Theatre will also be on stage to discuss the company’s latest production Raising Agents, celebrating the centenary of the Women’s Institute, which will be premiered at the LBT in March.
The LBT’s new season begins in February and in the first month alone audiences can feast on the works of Ayckbourn and John Godber. In March, Huddersfield Thespians are producing the ever-popular The Importance of Being Earnest and Woodhouse Musical Theatre Company is opening with The Buddy Holly Story.
March also sees an event with author Joanne Harris as part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival.
As LBT director Victoria Firth says: “We think our forthcoming season is one of our strongest to date. I’m looking forward to welcoming people to the theatre for a taste of what’s coming up, and talking with artists about what inspired their amazing work.”
Although the Season Preview is free, tickets should be booked from the box office on 01484 430528.