10th March 2016
HighTide Festival 2015
Al Smith's clever, discomfiting play left the audience anxiously holding its breath
Evening Standard

Royal Court Theatre, house, and HighTide present the HighTide production of Harrogate.

“I dream about you young. When I’m asleep you’re as young as the girl I met.”

Time passes. Roles change. People become different versions of themselves.

From lover, to father, to husband, one man craves the past – but knows his desire for it will destroy his family.

After a sell-out run at HighTide Festival 2015, Al Smith’s seminal play returns for a limited run at the Royal Court followed by a national tour.

“Each one of us is gonna sit down one day and not be able to stand up, like we’ve disappeared to ourselves.”


Running Time: 1hr 25m without an interval.

Harrogate is supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund of London Community Foundation.

Harrogate is also supported by The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.

Harrogate is an extremely deft piece of writing that uses the live theatre medium to make us doubt what we’re seeing.
Time Out
[Harrogate] is a spare, effervescent piece of writing that has a kind word to say about everyone, yet spares no one.
Smith’s writing is punchy, sometimes bruising, and the performances are compelling.
Financial Times