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20 Oct - 16 Nov
by Al Smith
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Al Smith's clever, discomfiting play left the audience anxiously holding its breath

Evening Standard

Royal Court Theatre, house, and HighTide present the HighTide production of Harrogate.

"I dream about you young. When I’m asleep you’re as young as the girl I met."

Time passes. Roles change. People become different versions of themselves.

From lover, to father, to husband, one man craves the past - but knows his desire for it will destroy his family.

After a sell-out run at HighTide Festival 2015, Al Smith's seminal play returns for a limited run at the Royal Court followed by a national tour.

"Each one of us is gonna sit down one day and not be able to stand up, like we’ve disappeared to ourselves."

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Running Time: 1hr 25m without an interval.

Harrogate is supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund of London Community Foundation.

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Harrogate is also supported by The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.


Harrogate is an extremely deft piece of writing that uses the live theatre medium to make us doubt what we’re seeing.

Time Out

[Harrogate] is a spare, effervescent piece of writing that has a kind word to say about everyone, yet spares no one.


Smith’s writing is punchy, sometimes bruising, and the performances are compelling.

Financial Times

Dates & Locations

Royal Court Theatre 20 - 29 October Visit site
Farnham Maltings 1 November Visit site
artsdepot, London 2 November Visit site
Harlow Playhouse 3 November Visit site
The North Wall, Oxford 4 November Visit site
Marlowe Studio, Canterbury 6 November Visit site
The Garage, Norwich 10 November Visit site
Didcot Cornerstone 11 November Visit site
Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds 14 November Visit site
Cambridge Junction 16 November Visit site

Cast & Creatives

  • Nigel Lindsay Him

    Theatre credits include: Guys and Dolls (Phoenix, West End); Bull (Young Vic); Speed-the-Plow (Playhouse); A Small Family Business; The Pillowman; London CuckoldsBlue Remembered Hills; Dealer’s Choice (also Vaudeville) (National Theatre); Richard II (RSC); The Same Deep Water as Me; The Real Thing (also Albery and Broadway); Morphic Resonance (Donmar Warehouse); Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Olivier and WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Actor in a Musical); Broken Glass (WhatsOnStage award for Best Supporting Actor); Anna Karenina (Tricycle Theatre); Sucker PunchThe Woman Before; Push Up; King Lear (Royal Court); Under the Blue Sky (Duke of Yorks); The Homecoming; Awake and SingThe Earthly Paradise; RomanceThe Tower (Almeida); Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly); World MusicHamlet (Sheffield Crucible); The Tempest (Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych); Katerina (Lyric Hammersmith).

    Nigel’s film credits include: Alan Partridge: Alpha PapaFour Lions (nomination for Best British Comedy Performance in Film); Scoop (directed by Woody Allen); Rogue Trader; and his television credits include: VictoriaYou, Me and the ApocalypsePoirotThe Tunnel; Rome; Spooks; I’m Alan Partridge; Waking the Dead. Future productions include: White Gold (BBC); Innocent; Unforgotten II (ITV).

  • Sarah Ridgeway Sally
  • Al Smith Writer

    Al Smith is an award-winning playwright, whose play Harrogate premiered at HighTide Festival 2015, and will transfer to the Royal Court Theatre in October 2016 before undertaking a national tour.

    Other Theatre includes; EnolaRadioThe Bird (Underbelly); The Astronaut Wives Club (Soho Theatre).  He is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and the Gate Theatre.

    Television includes: The CoronerFather BrownThe CutAfricaHolby CityEastEnders.

    Radio includes: LifeLines; Duchamp’s UrinalEveryday Time MachinesLife in the FreezerThe Postman of Good HopeRadio.

    Awards: BFI / Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize (HalfLife); Pearson Playwriting Bursary (Finborough).

  • Richard Twyman Director
  • Tom Piper Designer
  • George Dennis Sound
  • Natasha Chivers Lighting Design

    Natasha is a Lighting Designer

    For HighTide: Harrogate (HighTide Festival, Royal Court Theatre, National Tour); Bottleneck (HighTide Festival, Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, National Tour)

    Credits include: Strapless, Electric Counterpoint (Royal Opera House); Gravity Fatigue, Encore (Sadler’s Wells);  Oresteia (Almeida, West End); 1984 (Headlong, Almeida, West End, National and International Tours); Who Cares, Fireworks, Adler & Gibb, The Mistress Contract, Gastronauts, The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court); The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion, Mother Courage and Her ChildrenThe Radicalisation of Bradley Manning  (National Theatre Wales); Scuttlers (Royal Exchange); Praxis Makes Perfect (Neon Neon, National Theatre Wales); Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland, Broadway, Japan Tour); Green Snake (National Theatre of China); 27, The Wheel, Mary Stuart, The House of Bernard Alba, Empty/Miracle Man, Home (Glasgow) (National Theatre of Scotland); Statement of Regret (National Theatre); Sunday in the Park With George (West End); The Wolves in the Walls (National Theatre of Scotland, Improbable); That Face (Royal Court, West End); Othello, Dirty Wonderland, Pool (No Water), Tiny Dynamite, Peepshow, HymnsSell-Out (Frantic Assembly); Four Fridas, Run!, Renaissance (Greenwich + Docklands International Festivals); Mesmerics, Metheus (BalletBoyz theTALENT, Linbury Studio); Motor Show (LIFT/Brighton Festival); Electric Hotel (Sadler’s Well's, Fuel); God’s Garden (Arthur Pita, ROH Linbury, Tour); Broken, Scattered (Motionhouse).

    Natasha was nominated for the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Lighting for Oresteia.

    She has won a Theatre Critics of Wales Award in 2014 for Praxis Makes Perfect (Best Lighting), a Theatre Award UK in 2011 for Happy Days (Best Design with Lizzie Clachan) and an Olivier Award in 2007 for Sunday in the Park With George (Best Lighting Design).

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