Quality Street at The Viaduct Theatre

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Quality Street at The Viaduct Theatre
Image courtesy of Northern Broadsides

Quality Street at The Viaduct Theatre, Halifax 14 — 22 February 2020 Tickets from £18.00 — Book now

Northern Broadsides bring us their eagerly awaited, and rare revival, of J.M Barrie’s Quality Street. The production premieres in Halifax at The Viaduct Theatre, a super underground performance space and home to the Northern Broadsides.

Quality Street will be Laurie Sansom’s debut production as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides. It’s quite apt that the show will open in Halifax – the home of Quality Street – one of the UK’s most popular brand of chocolates, as the play was so popular in its day that it actually gave the chocolates their name. Following its hometown premiere, the production heads to The Lowry as the next date on the tour.

The play tells the story of Phoebe Throssel who runs a school for unruly children and lives on Quality Street, the busy centre of a quaint northern town.

Ten years have passed and following a tearful goodbye, one of Phoebe’s old flames, Captain Valentine, returns from fighting Napoleon. However, the look of disappointment on the Captain’s face when he greets a more mature, less glamorous Phoebe, spurs the loveable heroine right into action.

Adopting a younger alter-ego, she becomes the carefree and sparkling Miss Livvy; her mission is to entrap the clueless Captain. But as their romance rekindles, is she able to juggle both personas? Or will her deception scandalise the town and wipe out any kind of future with the man she so dearly loves?

Jessica Baglow ( Hamlet, Jane Eyre and Educating Rita at Bolton Octagon) will take the title role of Phoebe Throssel and Dario Coates (The Rubenstein Kiss at Southwark Playhouse) will play her love interest, Captain Valentine Brown.

This show marks the beginning of a new production model for the Northern Broadsides. Each production will be co-created with the local community. And for this production, the performers will collaborate with workers from the Quality Street factory to develop a modern take on love, and to devise a live commentary that will frame Barrie’s original text. With an injection of contemporary relevance, the community ensemble will add a modern lens through which to view Barrie’s narrative.

Inspired by the diverse voices, cultures and heritage found in the North, we love that Northern Broadsides bring a proud northern twist into everything that they do. Quality Street looks to be a highlight of the theatre calendar – we recommend booking ASAP.

Quality Street at The Viaduct Theatre, Halifax 14 — 22 February 2020 Tickets from £18.00 Book now

Where to go near Quality Street at The Viaduct Theatre

Halifax
Gallery
Dean Clough

A vast 22-acre site on the edge of Halifax town centre, Dean Clough is home to a thriving community of arts venues and businesses.

True North
Halifax
Restaurant
True North

True North is the perfect neighbourhood style family restaurant. The sort of place you can rely upon for a warm northern welcome and consistently good food.

Grayston Unity
Halifax
Café or Coffee Shop
Grayston Unity

The bar itself is small but you’ll find it a friendly place where you can get a lovely drink in a unique setting.

West Yorkshire
Museum
Bankfield Museum

Situated in the beautiful gardens of Akroyd Park, Bankfield Museum is a grand Victorian villa with permanent exhibitions of textiles and costume, as well as varying temporary exhibitions also.

White Swan Hotel
Halifax
Hotel
White Swan Hotel

The White Swan Hotel offers an ideal location for those looking to explore West Yorkshire – its arts and culture, and its shopping.

Halifax Borough market
Halifax
Shop
Halifax Borough Market

This grand and historic market was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1896 and has been at the heart of Halifax life ever since.

West Yorkshire
Gallery
Open Gallery

A beautiful and varied collection of contemporary art from across the UK. Their regular exhibitions are both seasonal and thematic and always worth visiting…

The Lantern, Halifax
Halifax
Music venue
The Lantern

An independent live music venue and bar within the town of Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Revo Records, Halifax
Halifax
Shop
Revo Records

Trading for over 30 years, the iconic shop prides itself on stocking an eclectic selection of vinyl records – the latest new releases alongside second-hand vinyl.

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