Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP
The Lawrence Batley Theatre is located in the town of Huddersfield. From 1819 the building was a Methodist Chapel, planned by the same designer who created Huddersfield Station, Joseph Kaye.
It was in 1973 that the building converted into an arts centre but structural problems were found and therefore the arts centre changed location. During 1992, the rebuilding of the chapel started, creating the theatre that stands today.
The theatre’s name comes from the entrepreneur Lawrence Batley, who was the founder of a cash and carry chain across the country.
The building is Grade II listed, and built with yellow-brick in a stately style. The space inside is decorated with history in mind, and has green padded seats with matching railings and original features such as the windows.
There are original features outside of the building too, including the courtyard area and the external decoration.
Today, the theatre is run by locals and volunteers who help to keep the success of the theatre going. There is a full programme across the year, with a range of different shows covering Christmas, comedy, dance, drama, family, film and musicals.
The plays at The Lawrence Batley Theatre challenge social and gender norms, touching on heavy subjects, forcing them into conversation and highlighting the new generations views and opinions.
The Lawrence Batley Theatre supports children’s theatre and young aspiring actors and actresses, giving them opportunities within the theatre and productions and celebrating their views.
Actors, actresses and comedians have taken their talents from The Lawrence Batley Theatre to Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the years and have celebrated their talents and successes.
The theatre is in the centre of Huddersfield so is the perfect place to spend the evening to enjoy a range of entertainment.