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for the last three performances of

Who'd Have Thought It


There are still some tickets available so go to the Booking Details page and get your tickets before it's too late!


Book tickets by clicking here.


Performances will take place in October on

Wednesday 23rd,

Thursday 24th and

Friday 25th.


This Play is a WHOot

Get ready to rock(!) - in the aisles with laughter, and hopefully to a bit of ’The Who’ music too, as Keith Burton’s hilarious comedy ‘Who’d Have Thought It?’ returns to Nidderdale. The play follows the attempts of a blundering set of trustees to raise the necessary cash to save their fire-damaged museum. Just as all seems lost, they are bizarrely mistaken for a tribute band from thirty years ago and offered a lifeline - £10,000 to play at a re-union concert.

Stuck between ‘A Rock’ and a hard-up place, can a group of Museum trustees – whose musical credentials only stretch to a ukulele player - learn to play like ‘The Who’ and grab the cash? You’ll need to come to The Playhouse, Pateley Bridge to find out – but it will be worth it, because this play is a hoot!


This highly acclaimed production returns by popular demand so if you missed it last time, don't miss it again and if you saw it last time, this time it is new and improved!  As the review of the first run of Who'd Have Thought It said:


Audiences have been whooping, cheering, singing and leaving with smiles on their faces......


Like the band that inspired it, 'Who'd Have Thought It?' is irreverent, riotous, serious fun.

There's no substitute for that.


For more information please click here.





Blue Fire Theatre Company presents Kemp's Jig at the Playhouse on Saturday 16th November at 7.30 pm. 


Kemp’s Jig has been seen at the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and all across the globe.  This new production comes direct from gaining a new audience and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Booking opens on Friday 1st November at 9.00 am.


For more information click here.





Reviews of the recent productions Nidderdale Remembers WW2 and Blue Remembered Hills are now online with lots of fabulous pictures.


Go to Past Productions or click here.






Our very own Keith Burton has been chosen to receive this year’s Geoffrey Whitworth Award for the best one act play in Britain written by an amateur writer. He will be presented with this prestigious award at Harrogate Theatre during the award ceremony for the 2019 British Final of One-Act Plays on the evenings of 6th July.  


Keith’s winning script is his play ‘A Penny for Them’ which Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society performed in this year’s All-England Theatre Festival and is now guaranteed a publishing contract.


Keith said: “This caps-off a great first half of the year following the publication of one of my other plays ‘On False Premises’ which was a finalist in this year’s Tennessee Williams One Act Play Festival. And Harrogate is so much nearer than New Orleans!”



Keith receives the Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy at the All Britain Drama Festival Finals at Harrogate Theatre







Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society took their production of A Penny For Them 'oop North over the May Day Bank holiday to compete in the Semi-Final of the All England Theatre Festival at Washington Arts Theatre, Tyne and Wear.


The Semi-Final took place over 3 sessions on Saturday and Sunday with 7 teams competing to go forward to Finals in June. 


Pateley had taken A Penny For Them, written and directed by the award-winning resident playwright Keith Burton to Washington after they had won the Nidderdale Festival but unfortunately the production didn't find favour with the Festival Adjudicator.  The standard of the plays at the Semi-final was extremely high and the level of competition was fierce. 


Whilst not winning any category at the awards ceremony, Pateley did earn 3 nominations for awards with Tim Wilkinson being nominated for Best Actor and Heather Appleton being nominated as Best Actress.  The general consensus of those audience members who watched all 7 plays was that Pateley had the strongest and most accomplished of all the casts and mention should also go to Carol Bailey, Jenny MacNair, Michael Thorne and Brad Pollard for their equally outstanding performances. 


The other nomination that Pateley received was for Best Stage Decor which was a fitting tribute to the innovative and extensive set that the backstage team produced under the direction of Justin Enthoven.


Our congratulations go to Nantwich Players who will go forward to the All England Final with their production of Edgar and Annabel.





We are pleased to announce that the company that provide our online booking service are now able to take telephone bookings.  This means that tickets for productions at the Playhouse can now be made either online or by telephone.


Ticketsource, our booking providers, will charge a telephone service fee of £1.75 per booking.  Details of how to access the telephone booking service can be found on the Booking Details page by clicking here.


Telephone booking will be available on the same day that online booking goes live but will limited to the hours of 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (weekdays) and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Saturdays).







After three nights of competition at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough, both Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society plays won their respective categories, gaining a host of cups in the process.


The Junior Play, Homework! Help!!!, won the Best Junior Play award with Ruth Dodsworth, Shona Bostwick and Joyce LIggins  being awarded the Best Junior Play Producer award.  Eve Greenwood won the Best Female Junior award along with Adjudicator's Special Prize for a Junior Actor.  Jonathan Levy was awarded the Best Male Junior prize.  More on this story can be found by clicking here.


The Senior Play, A Penny For Them, won the Best Play award and the award for the play going forward to compete in the All-England Theatre Festival Semi-Final.  Brad Pollard won the Adjudicator's discretionary award and Jenny MacNair won the Best Actress Cup.


A Penny For Them will go on to compete in the All-England Theatre Festival Semi-Final on the 4th and 5th May at the Washington Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear.  More information and photos can be found by clicking here.





We are delighted to announce that Pateley playwright, Keith Burton, has had another of his plays recognised by a major American drama festival by being chosen from over 1200 plays as one of the 12 finalists in the 2019 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.  His play, On False Premises, was premiered as the Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society entry into the All England Theatre Festival in 2018.  More details of this exciting news can be found by clicking here.






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