News: The Lawrence Batley Theatre announces plans for initial reopening

The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield has today announced its initial plans for reopening.

The theatre, which is housed in a Grade II* listed building that was once the largest Wesleyan mission in the country, will open its Courtyard gates from Friday 16th April in line with the easing of Government restrictions on Monday 12 April.

It has been revealed that the theatre will open the Courtyard most Fridays and Saturdays from 16 April providing a beer garden and street food offer to the community. Summer in the Courtyard will be completely contactless with socially distanced tables and one-way systems in place alongside stringent cleaning.

This will be the theatre’s first tentative steps of returning back to normality after venues across the country were forced to close in October of last year. Opening initially as a beer garden, the Lawrence Batley Theatre plans to programme live local talent from Friday 21 May in line with the next stage of the Government roadmap, before launching a summer season of outdoor performances. More information about their summer season will be announced shortly.

Henry Filloux-Bennett, CEO & Artistic Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre comments on the reopening; “I am delighted to be able to share the plans for our initial reopening. The return of Summer in the Courtyard sees the Lawrence Batley Theatre build on the success of our last outdoor season which was recognised as one of the top venues in Yorkshire getting social distancing right. This year we are back bigger and better than ever, and we can’t wait to safely welcome our community back through our doors.”

More information and opening hours for Summer in the Courtyard can be found at

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