Named after local entrepreneur, the Lawrence Batley Theatre (LBT) is a multipurpose venue for the arts in Huddersfield. Its dynamic bill encompasses comedy, dance, music and theatre from touring professional companies and home grown talent.
The venue was born out of an old Methodist Church in 1819. It remained this way for over 15 decades, when it was later converted into an arts centre in the 1970s. Failing to overcome its structural troubles, the building was set for ruins until the Kirkless Theatre Trust adopted the site in 1984. Today, the theatre boasts a main stage and delicate outside courtyard; a dreamy arts location for summer months. Visitors to the site can learn about the history of the building with guided backstage tours.
As a theatre, the venue is home to many pioneering companies, such as Tell Tale Hearts, Hoot Creative Arts, Dark Horse Theatre, and Chol Theatre, meaning spectators of the LBT are privy to productions not available elsewhere. It also relates with its community, appearing in schools and centres to deliver creative classes, workshops and sessions.