It is 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment, and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The story centres around a small Yorkshire town and Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam.
Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving Austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share.
Meet The Cast
An utterly British musical full of eccentric characters and an assortment of bullies, spivs, snobs and of course, Betty the pig!
A Right Royal Affair.
Based on the hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray.
The town's elite hatch a plan to celebrate the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in style.With an appearance from our future Queen.
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Sister Act was a show that many of us, including our sell out audiences, will never forget. There were many outstanding performances but a special mention must go to Emma Swales who took the lead of Deloris.
Sister Act was directed by Michael Kirkby and the fabulous music was directed by James Rodgers.
Our sell-out run of the classic family musical, ‘Annie’, gripped the Harrogate audiences..
Our two wonderful ‘Annies’ – Holly Todd and Emily Belcher led the cast with their beautiful portrayals of the little red haired orphan along with brilliant performances by Ruth Graham as ‘Miss Hannigan’ and Monty as the beloved ‘Sandy’.
A brilliantly British story of the underdog overcoming all the odds, it showcases expertly crafted songs that have a perfect balance of wit, pathos and post war optimism by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
We are delighted to announce our 2018 show is Top Hat!
HOPS will return to the glamorous surroundings of the Royal Hall to make way for the fantastic and vast sets for this sparkling spectacle of a show which originally starred Hollywood’s original golden couple, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
HOPS Juniors is the Junior division of the Harrogate Operatic Players that focuses on theatre training for 10 to 16 year olds.
The inspiring youngsters meet each Tuesday evening after school during term time and is led by representatives of HOPS that also teach dance, drama or music as their day job!
The young group focus on their own music and drama development but are also encouraged to participate in one off theatrical workshops with local companies. Such as Irish Dancing, Puppetry, Make-up and Set Design.
HOPS Juniors are not only invited to perform alongside HOPS in their main shows at the theatre, but also in their own Summer and Christmas shows too.
For more information on how you or your child can register for HOPS Juniors – please contact us today!
We’re delighted that Ringways KIA Leeds, has extended their support to Harrogate Operatic Players for another year and is proud to be the show sponsor for Betty Blue Eyes.
Their support enables us to continue to bring high quality musical theatre to Harrogate audiences for which we are very grateful.
Our 2017 Charity of the Year is ... Dementia Forward.
We are delighted to announce our Charity of the Year is Dementia Forward.
Lots of great fundraising ideas bouncing around at the moment and we always welcome willing volunteers to help us or partake in fundraisers!
As we approach our Centenary, Harrogate Operatic Players are now known affectionately as ‘HOPS’ and are recognised by a wider circle of theatre-goers than ever before.
We have recently enjoyed sell out houses of popular modern shows such as ‘Sister Act’ and the classic family show – ‘Annie’. This year, HOPS are delighted to present the critically acclaimed British musical – ‘Betty Blue Eyes’ at the Harrogate Theatre.
Come along and see what we do!
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