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Eugene Aram



Our next production will be Eugene Aram, written by Nevin Ward, author and director of the much loved Dam Play and Gouthwaite Hall.  Nevin is well-known for the music he incorporates into his works, and Eugene Aram is no exception as it will include several songs, many of them specially-written for this work.


As the Pateley Bridge Playhouse is currently closed for renovation and the installation of a lift, the play will be staged in St Cuthbert’s Church in Pateley Bridge from Tuesday 11th October to Saturday 15th October at 7.30 pm.

Nevin said: “We love performing in The Playhouse, but while it’s closed, St Cuthbert’s is the ideal location - the raised central dais in the church lends itself to a large cast play where 20 actors play over 40 characters”.


A read-through and casting session was held in St Cuthbert’s on 28th July.  This was  open to non-members, and Nevin has been pleased to announce that the play is fully cast.


More information about Eugene Aram can be found by clicking here.







After a successful 5 night run at the Memorial Hall, Pateley Bridge, The Stray has finished.  More photos and reviews will follow shortly.









Lift Commissioned!


Not only is the lift now installed but it is now up and running.  It has already proved its' worth by helping to lift props and scenery up to the stage.  The photo shows Justin, Keith and Steve putting the lift to good use as they prepare the stage for rehearsals of The Stray which will be our next production in the Memorial Hall from the 14th to the 18th of June.

More details about The Stray can be found by clicking here or to go directly to the Booking Site to book tickets click here.







Lift Installation


The much anticipated and long awaited day has finally arrived and the Pateley Playhouse is now the proud owner of a lift to take patrons from the ground floor up to the auditorium.


The lift is just one part of the extensive re-furbishment of the Playhouse that has been going on over the last year and it is now hoped that the theatre will re-open in the not too distant future. 


Congratulations to all those that have been involved in bringing this huge project to fruition.


The Lift downstairs


The Lift upstairs






One Act Play Success


Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society took the award for Best Set at the recent Nidderdale and District Festival of One Act Plays.


The Society entry was a hilarious play called "Wedding Bash" which explored the different perceptions of the perfect wedding by the bride and groom and their guests.


The play had been adapted by Keith Burton from a past winner of the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and was warmly received by the audience at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough.  Keith also directed the play.


The cast featured Steve Rouse as Lonny, Jenny MacNair as Dana, Cory Jonas as Alan and Heather Appleton as Edi.


The Award for Best Set was well deserved by Justin Enthoven and his backstage team.


Jenny MacNair, Steve Rouse, Cory Jonas and Heather Appleton


Ruth Dodsworth receives the cup for Best Set from Ian Clarke, President of the NDDA and Chris Baglin, Adjudicator

Photograph by courtesy of Raelene Goddard, Festival Photographer







Some more refurbishment photos showing the latest progress.


Behind the new Point Of Sale counter



Top of Lift Shaft                                            Bottom of Lift Shaft


Stud Work in place looking towards the entrance 


Stud work in place looking from the foyer






More pictures of the refurbishment of the Playhouse which carries on apace.


The base is in position for the new lift


The Foyer and The Bar are fully opened up


The stairs and old entrance to the Ladies Changing Room



                The former Ladies Changing Room                 The former Gents Changing Room with drains fitted


The view from the Bar area to the Foyer






Progress Report on the Playhouse Refurbishment


We are pleased to report that the building works are now well under way and we have the photographs to prove it!   See below some of the photographs showing what is going on.


The raked seating area to the left of the auditorium exposed ready to level off and provide access to the lift



Lewis removing the stud wall between the foyer and the bar



Gareth removing the wall between the men's dressing room and the toilet


The Foyer and Bar area opened up






Gareth at work


We are pleased to announce that Mr Gareth Foxton has been appointed as Principal Contractor for the theatre refurbishment works.  Gareth will be working with a group of other local tradespeople to upgrade the theatre's facilities and get the shows back on the stage.  We are delighted to say that work has now started.


Bricklaying has started






Photos and reviews of our last production are now available on the 2021 Past Productions page.  Click here to go straight to the page.






As predicted, the refurbishment of the Playhouse is taking longer than expected but the good news is that the Committee have now appointed a Project Manager, final plans have been drawn up and have been marked for a first fix.  Generally first fix will include constructing the structure, cladding, flooring, doorframes, stairs and so on and installing cables for electrical and ICT distribution, pipework for water and gas distribution and heating ventilating and air-conditioning ( HVAC) distribution. First fix is not normally visible when looking at the finished building.


The Stage Manager studies the plans


Meanwhile, general maintenance of the fabric of the Playhouse is being carried out by the indomitable Tuesday Morning Group.  Here they can be seen scraping years' worth of paint off the stage floor.







Removing the old boiler


The Playhouse refurbishments continue.  So far there has been a lot of demolition and we are awaiting final plans to be signed off and then the rebuilding can start.  As anyone who has watched Grand Designs will know, things always take longer than one hopes but we are definitely getting there.



Removing seats                               Gallery Stage Right


We have several projects planned for the next couple of years and will open as soon as we possibly can, Covid and renovations permitting.  21st June seems to be the earliest we could consider opening but of course we need rehearsal and preparation time too.



Builder, Architect and Structural Engineer







Ian Lee


It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of one of our valued members. Ian Lee died peacefully in hospital, on Saturday 9th January, with his wife Tessa, at his side.  Ian had succumbed to Covid and was taken ill just before Christmas.


Ian and Tessa moved to the Dale 5 years ago. They wanted to get involved with community life, which they both achieved with great commitment by joining the Dramatic Society and Tessa more recently volunteered as a steward at the Museum.  Ian also helped set up, and was a trustee of, the ‘Men’s Shed’ and was on the committee of the Memorial Hall as Health & Safety officer and as a trustee.


Ian has been a great asset to the Playhouse. He initially joined the Tuesday morning group set building, and then helped to staff productions, became a member of the committee and then took on the role of Theatre Manager.  Whilst he did not join to act, he rose to the challenge by readily agreeing to be one of the dwarfs in our recent pantomime.  A man of many attributes.


During 2020, Ian has been part of the sub-committee responsible for the refurbishment of the Playhouse in order to make it Covid compliant and provide disabled access.  His unceasing commitment to the planning and managing of the project will be greatly missed.  His dependability and practical input have been invaluable to us.  His death has focused our determination to complete the improvements, as a fitting tribute to all the hard work that Ian has given to the Society.


We remember Ian with great affection and our hearts go out to Tessa.


Ian as one of the Seven Dwarfs

in the 2020 Pantomime

Snow White






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).








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