Located in the Yorkshire town 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.
We are the creative heart of Huddersfield, here to do our community proud. We share exciting and entertaining stories, encourage creativity, nurture confidence and develop local and national talent. We are friendly and welcoming, inclusive, diverse and accessible. We love to collaborate and have national ambition. We are brave and unafraid of taking risks.
Over the last few years, 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 adapted to bring original online theatre to the world. Within days of lockdown, we launched our own completely free online channel, LBTV, filled with workshops and masterclasses, storytelling sessions and backstage videos – reaching over 20,000 people. Alongside the free programme, we co-produced online plays; The Understudy, Nigel Slater’s Toast, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, What a Carve Up! and Going the Distance which welcomed digital audiences from over 40 countries and received four and five star reviews across the board. In the summer, we take the stage outside to show off local bands, our youth theatre and incredible theatrical shows in our enclosed courtyard, which is a perfect haven in Huddersfield.