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.”

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Running Time: 1hr 25m without an interval.

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

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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

Cast & Creatives

  • Nigel Lindsay Him
  • Sarah Ridgeway Sally
  • Al Smith Writer
    Al Smith is an award-winning playwright, whose play Harrogate premiered at HighTide Festival 2015, and will transfer to the Royal Court Theatre in October 2016 before undertaking a national tour. Other Theatre includes; EnolaRadioThe Bird (Underbelly); The Astronaut Wives Club (Soho Theatre).  He is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and the Gate Theatre. Television includes: The CoronerFather BrownThe CutAfricaHolby CityEastEnders. Radio includes: LifeLines; Duchamp’s UrinalEveryday Time MachinesLife in the FreezerThe Postman of Good HopeRadio. Awards: BFI / Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize (HalfLife); Pearson Playwriting Bursary (Finborough).
  • Richard Twyman Director
  • Tom Piper Designer
  • George Dennis Sound
  • Natasha Chivers Lighting Design
    Natasha is a Lighting Designer For HighTide: Harrogate (HighTide Festival, Royal Court Theatre, National Tour); Bottleneck (HighTide Festival, Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, National Tour) Credits include: Strapless, Electric Counterpoint (Royal Opera House); Gravity Fatigue, Encore (Sadler’s Wells);  Oresteia (Almeida, West End); 1984 (Headlong, Almeida, West End, National and International Tours); Who Cares, Fireworks, Adler & Gibb, The Mistress Contract, Gastronauts, The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court); The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion, Mother Courage and Her ChildrenThe Radicalisation of Bradley Manning  (National Theatre Wales); Scuttlers (Royal Exchange); Praxis Makes Perfect (Neon Neon, National Theatre Wales); Macbeth (National Theatre of Scotland, Broadway, Japan Tour); Green Snake (National Theatre of China); 27, The Wheel, Mary Stuart, The House of Bernard Alba, Empty/Miracle Man, Home (Glasgow) (National Theatre of Scotland); Statement of Regret (National Theatre); Sunday in the Park With George (West End); The Wolves in the Walls (National Theatre of Scotland, Improbable); That Face (Royal Court, West End); Othello, Dirty Wonderland, Pool (No Water), Tiny Dynamite, Peepshow, HymnsSell-Out (Frantic Assembly); Four Fridas, Run!, Renaissance (Greenwich + Docklands International Festivals); Mesmerics, Metheus (BalletBoyz theTALENT, Linbury Studio); Motor Show (LIFT/Brighton Festival); Electric Hotel (Sadler’s Well's, Fuel); God’s Garden (Arthur Pita, ROH Linbury, Tour); Broken, Scattered (Motionhouse). Natasha was nominated for the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Lighting for Oresteia. She has won a Theatre Critics of Wales Award in 2014 for Praxis Makes Perfect (Best Lighting), a Theatre Award UK in 2011 for Happy Days (Best Design with Lizzie Clachan) and an Olivier Award in 2007 for Sunday in the Park With George (Best Lighting Design).