Charity No: 260045


Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society wishes all our members and patrons well and Ruth has kindly produced a fantastic and optimistic window display at the theatre so we can all look forward to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


Thanks to Sue for the photograph.





As a result of the Government's advice concerning the Covid-19 situation, all events at the Playhouse have been postponed and the planned play reading of Our Town on the 25th of March will not now take place.


The planned productions of Our Town and My Fair Lady will hopefully still take place but will now be later this year or early next year.  Further information will be put on the website when it becomes available.


In the meantime, we would like to wish all our members and patrons well during the difficult times in which we find ourselves and would remind everyone of the following advice:


  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • If you feel unwell (a new continuous cough OR a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above) stay home, isolate and visit or call 111 for advice





Two reviews of our traditional Pantomime, Snow White, are now online, along with many fabulous photographs.  To go to the reviews click here.




We are pleased to announce two new productions for the future.


For our next production we intend to present Our Town by Thornton Wilder.


For more details, please click here.


After Our Town we will be presenting My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.


More details and dates for these exciting productions will be available soon.





Reviews of the recent productions Who'd Have Thought It, 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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