Did you know for example that Settle Victoria Hall is the oldest surviving Music Hall in the world? It’s over 165 years old and still an important part of Settle’s cultural life, playing host to performances and events.
Fell Foss Theatre is much newer, founded quite recently to offer professional theatre and top-quality performances in rural communities across the Yorkshire Dales. Mark Cronfield is currently touring with a dynamic one-man adaptation of Defoe’s classic novel, Robinson Crusoe.
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond has an incredible pedigree, built in 1788, and still has Britain's oldest surviving stage scenery. At the other side of the Dales, in Skipton is a theatre with a difference: the only theatre residing in a working cattle auction! Cows and sheep are sold through the week at Skipton Auction Mart and then at the weekend it’s transformed into a 300-seat venue offering comedy, theatre, and music.
We have several dramatic societies who present several productions a year, such as Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society who perform in the delightful Playhouse in Pateley Bridge. The Grassington Players have been entertaining locals and visitors for almost 100 years. In 2012 they staged the world premiere amateur performance of the Calendar Girls play which attracted national media attention; featuring rehearsals in The Dales TV series.