Harrogate musical theatre company celebrates 100 years 
Last updated Jan 29, 2024

Harrogate musical theatre company HOPs is staging a series of celebratory shows and events this year to mark its centenary.

HOPs, formerly known as Harrogate Operatic Players, will perform Made in Dagenham from June 11 to 15 at Harrogate Theatre.

Its other plans include a centenary ball and afternoon tea to allow past and present members to come together and reminisce. 

Made in Dagenham follows sell-out performances of Chity Chitty Bang Bang and Kinky Boots in recent years. Musical director Jim Lunt and director and choreographer, Mike Kirkby, will return for the summer production. 

Mike said:

“HOPs will always have a special place in my heart and after 20 plus years, I am honoured to be back once again as director for this fabulous production.

“I am truly proud to bring this gritty and poignant story, steeped in reality and drama, to the stage.”

HOPs president Christine Littlewood said:

“I have watched so many people come and go over the years all with the same love and enthusiasm for this wonderful hobby.

“The friendships, support, camaraderie and enjoyment never changes and continues with the present membership.”

HOPs president Christine Littlewood

Formed in 1924

The Harrogate Operatic Players was formed in March 1924 and its first performance was Trial By Jury at the Winter Gardens in May 1924. Since then, it has performed almost every year. Its shows have included The King and I in 1966, Oliver in 1974 and My Fair Lady in 1978 and 2019. 

Understandably, the only years missed were 1940-45 during the Second World War. However, they managed to hold restricted performances of ‘Musical Squares – A Covid Concert’ during the covid pandemic. 

The trustees choose shows which accommodate all ages into the cast. 

In recent years, they have made a push to raise the quality of their costumes, sound and marketing. 

For further information on HOPS visit here and for more information on the production visit here.

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