Setting The Stage For A Theatrical Summer In Settle

Shakespeare, cycling and coleslaw in Ribblesdale this summer
April 19, 2023

It's almost 'curtain-up' on a stunning season of outstanding theatre at the Richard Whiteley Theatre in Settle, including the chance to picnic whilst consuming two al-fresco shows. 

The line up in one of Yorkshire's most beautiful market towns is sure to tempt both locals and visitors to the state of the art theatre, which is set in the grounds of Giggleswick School

The season starts in late Spring with the Yorkshire debut of SHEWOLVES on Wednesday 26 April. Described as somewhere between Booksmart, Little Miss Sunshine and Thelma & Louise, it’s an uplifting coming-of-age comedy for teenagers and anyone who has ever been a teen. It’s received numerous top accolades including one of The Stage’s ‘Best Shows of the Year 2022’.  

SHEWOLVES (Image: Pamela Raith)

It’s followed by the epic story telling in FANBOY on Thursday 18 May, as the production tours the UK tour after critically claimed runs at the Edinburgh Fridge and Soho Theatre.  

Joe has always been a nerd. In his teens, he hid it. In his twenties, he owned it. Now in his thirties, Joe is still obsessed with Nintendo, Star Wars, and The Muppet Christmas Carol. But he’s started to sense something: a great disturbance in the fandom…Alone, sorting through his old things, Joe finds an old video tape, in an old VCR, long forgotten. He presses play…and something amazing starts to happen! 

FANBOY (Image: Ben Borley)

Then pack a picnic, dress for the weather and bring the family along for a riotous outdoor performance with much frivolity on Wednesday 2 August. The HandleBards are pedalling their way back to Giggleswick by popular demand on their 10th anniversary tour with a brand new production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. This unique theatre company cycle around the UK transporting all their set, props and costume on wheels!  

Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They’re rehearsing for a play, fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues. 

The season concludes with the chance to bring along your own feast as you join Slapstick Picnic on Wednesday 30 August for an open-air theatrical treat – PETER PAN. Not just for kids, their brilliant buffoonery will have picnickers of all ages cackling into their coleslaw. Let your imagination soar as they dish out this timeless tale of hapless pirates, feral children and a particularly punctual reptile. 

Outdoor Theatre in Giggleswick

Michael Offland, Theatre Manager said: "We can’t wait to welcome you to our amazing season – guaranteed to have the whole family laughing in their deckchairs. Bring everyone together for a special evening out or join us from further afield and combine a show with exploring the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the delight of our market towns, attractions and limitless opportunities for outdoor pursuits.”  

The full theatre line up and booking details are online HERE 

Header Image: Handlebards

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