The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield has announced its autumn season featuring two home grown world premieres, top comedians and internationally acclaimed dance.

Renowned choreographer Jasmin Vardimon’s new show ALiCE comes to the venue on Wed 21 – Thu 22 September for its only Yorkshire date.

Vardimon is at the forefront of dance and digital technology. This visit cements the Lawrence Batley Theatre as a standout venue for showcasing high profile contemporary dance. The new show is a reimagining the ground-breaking classic Alice in Wonderland.

The theatre’s annual community production hits the main stage with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest written by Olivia Race and directed by Catherine Traveller. The show will bring together over 90 members of the community from across the Kirklees district for three performances from Thu 29 September – Sat 1 October.

TikTok star Cody Daigle-Orians’ new play Danny Echo is being staged for the very first time Wed 12 – Fri 14 October by Huddersfield-based company Root and Branch Productions supported by Lawrence Batley Theatre. This world premiere is a Black Mirror style exploration of how advances in robotics may impact our futures.

Pilot Theatre bring Malorie Blackman’s famous book Noughts & Crosses to the stage Tue 1 – Sat 5 November. Told from the perspectives of two teenagers, Noughts & Crosses is a captivating love story set in a volatile, racially segregated society and explores the powerful themes of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world (main image above).

The autumn season features a string of high-profile stand-up comedians including Jason Manford, Milton Jones and Daliso Chaponda.

Jason Byrne is also performing his new show Unblocked in October. Lawrence Batley Theatre is one of Jason’s favourite venues, his show attracts a familiar crowd as audiences return year after year. His last tour, Audience Precipitation, was filmed at the venue.

Becky Atkinson, chief executive of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, said: “We are dedicated to bringing the best touring shows to Huddersfield.

“We believe that the people of Kirklees deserve to have the chance to see top quality dance, drama and comedy on their doorstep. Our theatre is proud to also be a home for local talent, welcoming our community on to a professional stage, to give everyone the opportunity to grow confidence and develop their talent, while supported by our specialist team.”

Tickets for the autumn season are now on sale. More information and tickets can be found at

Performance listings:

Open Day – Sun 4 September
666 Comments – Thu 8 September
The Dolly Show – Fri 9 September
Fireman Sam – Sat 10 September
Jason Manford [SOLD OUT] – Wed 14 September
Attic Stories – Mon 19 September
ALiCE – Wed 21 – Thu 22 September
Comedy Cellar – Thu 22 September
Friendsical – Fri 23 – Sun 25 September
The Tempest – Thu 29 September – Sat 1 October

Sunset Boulevard – Tue 4 – Sat 8 October
Double Life: A VR Musical – Tue 11 – Sat 15 October
Danny Echo – Wed 12 – Fri 14 October
Jason Byrne – Sun 16 October
Brief Encounter – Wed 19 – Sat 22 October
A Century of Swing – Wed 19 October
Milton Jones – Thu 20 October

Rapunzel – Mon 24 October
Attic Stories – Mon 24 October
Time and Time Again – Thu 27 – Sat 29 October
Class – Fri 28 October
Bitter Sweet Monologues of COVID 19 – Sat 29 October
Halloween Backstage Tour – Sat 29 October
Shock Horror – Sun 30 October
A Halloween Hullabaloo – Sun 30 October

Noughts and Crosses – Tue 1 – Sat 5 November
Daliso Chaponda – Thu 3 November
Bonnie and Clyde – Tue 8 – Sat 12 November
Room on the Broom – Mon 14 – Thu 17 November
Attic Stories – Mon 28 November

Jack and the Beanstalk – Fri 2 – Sat 31 December
Backstage Tour – Sat 17 December
Swing Into Christmas – Mon 19 December
Attic Stories – Mon 19 December
Comedy Cellar – Thu 22 December

Dick Whittington – Sat 7 – Sat 14 January