Current Season

Our 103rd Season – 2022-2023

Plays 1 & 4 will be performed at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP. Tickets: 01484 430528 /

Plays 2 & 3 will be performed at Longwood Mechanics’ Hall, Longwood Gate, Huddersfield HD3 4UU. Tickets:

#1 ‘Brief Encounter’ by Emma Rice after Noël Coward, 19 – 21 October 2022

The season kicks off with Brief Encounter, adapted from David Lean’s 1945 film starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, and based on an earlier Noël Coward play.

Laura, the respectable suburban wife, and Alec, the idealistic, married doctor, meet in a station buffet and fall passionately in love. But, when you are in love with the wrong person, you are doomed never to find fulfilment. 

The film, Brief Encounter, written by Noël Coward, has been adapted by Emma Rice. A timeless tale of joy and heartache for the stage, interspersing the romantic action with Coward’s songs.

Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd October 2022

Wed-Fri 7.15pm and Sat 2 & 7.15pm

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

#2 ‘A Christmas Carol’, adapted from Charles Dickens, 14 – 17 December 2022

Our second play will be the first Thespians’ Christmas play for several years: an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

“Picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December! It’s not fair sir do you hear me? Just not fair.” It wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Carol. In this new stage version, Charles Dickens’ classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption, feels new again. Yet, this fresh approach to the classic tale faithfully conveys the magic of Dickens.

Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th December 2022

Wed-Fri 7.30pm and Sat 2.30 & 7.30pm

Longwood Mechanics’ Hall, Longwood

#3 ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ by Philip Goulding after T E B Clarke, 15 – 18 March 2023

March 2023 sees the Thespians bringing a classic Ealing Comedy film to life on stage, with Philip Goulding’s The Titfield Thunderbolt.

Finding that their branch railway line will be axed, a group of villagers decide to buy the railway and run it themselves. Now they must convince the railway authorities they are competent, and compete against a planned bus service.

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th March 2023

Wed-Fri 7.30pm and Sat 2.30 & 7.30pm

Longwood Mechanics’ Hall, Longwood

#4 ‘Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ by Edward Albee, 10 – 13 May 2023

The final play of the season is Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha has invited a young couple – an opportunistic new professor at the college and his naïve new bride – to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. But underneath the edgy banter between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair…

Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th May 2023

Wed-Fri 7.15pm and Sat 2 & 7.15pm

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield