Located in the centre of Huddersfield, the Lawrence Batley Theatre presents a wide ranging year-round programme of in-house and visiting productions, from drama and contemporary dance to circus and pantomime.
The theatre’s team is dedicated to opening their venue, skills and networks to nurture talent, local and national – to nourish artists and help them achieve excellence. Pioneering and acclaimed theatre companies Dark Horse and Chol are based at the theatre, and a commitment to community-based participation work is at the heart of what the Lawrence Batley Theatre does.
At a time when many arts organisations went dark, the Lawrence Batley Theatre has been at the forefront of digital innovation during the cultural shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and has risen above many other organisations while continuing to adapt and bring original online theatre to the world. Within days of lockdown, the theatre had launched their completely free online channel, LBTV, filled with workshops and masterclasses, storytelling sessions and backstage videos – reaching over 20,000 people. Alongside their free programme, they produced two online plays; The Understudy and Nigel Slater’s Toast, which welcomed digital audiences from over 40 countries. Over the summer, they also launched the Charlotte Holmes Adventure Box, a new interactive theatrical experience for children aged 7 – 12 years old to enjoy from home. We didn't stop there! premiered Henry Filloux-Bennett’s Netflix-style online murder mystery What a Carve Up! which was enjoyed by over 7,000 households across the globe. Throughout January the theatre offered free creative content from movement sessions to wholesome recipes to encourage positivity through creative practice. In March the theatre premiered its co-production of The Picture of Dorian Gray receiving four and five star reviews across the board.