Lawrence Batley Theatre
Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP
Celebrating its 21st birthday in 2015, the Lawrence Batley Theatre is a flourishing home for the arts at the centre of Huddersfield. Housed in a spectacular former Methodist chapel dating from 1819, the theatre plays host to everything from opera and world class drama to top comedians and local productions. The LBT brings the unforgettable thrill and connection of live performance to hugely diverse audiences from Huddersfield and beyond. The LBT has two main spaces for performance, the Main House, with a capacity of 450, and the smaller Syngenta Cellar, which stages intimate folk and jazz concerts, new plays and up-and-coming comedians at a monthly Comedy Cellar. The pioneering and acclaimed theatre companies Dark Horse, Joss Arnott Dance and Chol are based here, as well as a changing line-up of resident visual artists whose work can be seen around the building. From the outset, local theatre companies and amateur societies have been at the heart of the LBT’s programme, and generations of school pupils and university students have taken to its stage for concerts, plays and fashion shows. The Theatre’s wide-ranging and innovative education and community outreach work takes it out into every corner of Kirklees, visiting schools, youth clubs and community centres, and offering young people and adults alike the chance to participate in the arts through classes, creative sessions, half-term projects and workshops. A new ‘Spare Room’ initiative offers free space around the building to any individual or group for the purpose of creative activity.