Northern Broadsides Theatre Company is an artist-led touring theatre company based at Dean Clough, Halifax and founded in 1992.  The company has proved spectacularly inventive through 25+ years of originality and creativity on stage – earning glowing plaudits from critics, audiences and industry professionals.

“A powerful combination of artistry, drama and unpretentious interpretation that gives an extra dimension to anything they care to present.” Audience member


We believe in the power of theatre to inspire change, support diversity and promote a better understanding of the world in which we live.  Our work seeks to engage the broadest range of audiences and participants irrespective of their social or economic background, offering entertainment, insight and knowledge.


Our mission is to bring new focus to the world’s classic texts, inspired and informed by the heritage, contemporary culture and diverse voices of our Northern towns and cities.  We cultivate and nurture local talent and educational partnerships from a new generation of theatre practitioners, writers and performers, thus supporting the ‘critical mass’ of artists based in the North.  We support the development of progressive and creatively ambitious partnerships across art forms and contribute to the success and reputation of British theatre both nationally and world-wide.


Language & The Northern Voice

Northern Broadsides’ distinctive identity and style is firmly rooted in the energetic voice of the North of England. We relish and enjoy the dignity of regional voices in claiming that the classics are our common culture. Our performances have a directness and immediacy which is liberating and invigorating, making the audience hear the words afresh.

Northern Broadsides’ repertoire consists of Shakespeare, adaptations of classical texts and new writing. Our work celebrates the language of poetry, possesses a timeless resonance and appeals directly to the imagination.  The result is theatre that brings language to life.

What distinguishes a Northern Broadsides’ production is also the rapport that our ensemble casts strike up with the audience:

“What I like about Northern Broadsides is the exuberance and obvious pleasure the actors have in what they are doing, and the way they communicate this without letting it come between the play and the audience.”  Audience Member

Northern Broadsides have received many nominations and won numerous awards during their 25-year history. These include awards for Best New Play, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress; Best Director; Outstanding Newcomer Award and an OBE for Northern Broadsides founder Barrie Rutter.

“Outrageously hilarious as ever, Northern Broadsides excels once more with its quintessentially Northern wit and wackiness”  The Stage


Artistic Director/Joint CEO


Conrad was appointed Artistic Director April 2018

Conrad’s acting career spans over twenty years and boasts a vast body of work in repertory and touring theatre, and in radio, television and film. He has also built a reputation as a dramatic composer and has written music for theatre, television and radio. His longest association by far has been with Northern Broadsides as actor, director and composer.

Executive Director/Joint CEO

Kay is responsible for all tour programming and day to day running of the company.

Finance Officer and Friends Coordinator (Part time)

Katie manages the day to day finances of the company and run the Friends of Northern Broadsides membership scheme.

Marketing Manager (Part-time)


Jess organises all the marketing for our productions. She also works on our audience development initiatives and works closely with theatres and local communities.

Fundraising and Development (Part-time)

Pamela manages our fundraising strategy; including corporate business partnerships, grant applications and donor relations.

Press & PR (freelance)

With over 15 years of Arts and Leisure experience, Duncan looks after all our press and public relations.

For further information visit www.duncanclarkepr.wordpress.com.


2017 Executive Director Sue Andrews awarded WGGB Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Award

Nominated by Writers Guild of Great Britain member playwright Deborah McAndrew (An August Bank Holiday Lark and the new adaptation of Charles Dickens Hard Times) for her support since Deborah’s first production for Northern Broadsides in 2004.

Deborah McAndrew said: “I have had eight plays produced by Northern Broadsides and Sue’s encouragement and hard work on my behalf has been fantastic throughout. She reads every draft and is unshakeable in her support of the writer.

“Sue’s determination in recent years that all new work for the company should be published has meant that four of my plays have been published by Methuen, including the 2017 production of my adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. I know that Sue was also behind the commissioning of An August Bank Holiday Lark, which won ‘best new play’ awards for me in 2014.

“She has made so much of my work possible from the very beginning right up to the present time and receives little or no public recognition for everything she does.

2015 Actor and director Barrie Rutter awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year’s honour list
Northern Broadsides are delighted to announce that their artistic director Barrie Rutter has been awarded an OBE for services to drama in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Barrie Rutter said “After weeks of zipped lips it’s a relief and a pleasure to share the news, especially with nearest and dearest. To be awarded an OBE is a great honour and one which I am delighted to receive. Huge gratitude to those who nominated and championed me and also to my colleagues, friends and audiences of Northern Broadsides whom I share this award with. 

2015 Manchester Theatre Awards – Best New Play
AN AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY LARK by Deborah McAndrew, a Northern Broadsides production in partnership with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme on tour.

2014 Manchester Theatre Awards – Best Actress in a Visiting Production
Catherine Kinsella, Rutherford & Son

2014 UK Theatre Award Winner – Best New Play
AN AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY LARK by Deborah McAndrew, a Northern Broadsides production in partnership with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme on tour.

2013 A Night at the Awards – Best Actor
Barrie Rutter, Rutherford & Son

2013 A Night at the Awards – Best Supporting Actress
Sara Poyzer, Rutherford & Son

2010 The Pragnell Shakespeare Birthday Award
Presented to Barrie Rutter “For outstanding achievement in extending
the appreciation and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare or in
the general advancement of Shakespearean knowledge and understanding.”

2009 London Evening Standard Theatre Award
To Lenny Henry – Outstanding Newcomer Award – Othello

2006 Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield
To Barrie Rutter for his outstanding achievement with Northern Broadsides Theatre Company

2005 Honorary Doctorate from University of Bradford
Awarded to Barrie Rutter for his distinctive contribution as founder and director of Northern Broadsides.

2003 Shakespeare’s Globe Sam Wanamaker Award
To Barrie Rutter for his productions of Shakespeare.

2001 Honorary Doctorate from University of Hull

Awarded to Barrie Rutter for his services to theatre.

2000 Creative Briton Award
Barrie Rutter – Overall Winner.

2000 Liverpool Echo Arts Award
Best Visiting Production – Much Ado About Nothing.

1996 Prudential Award for the Arts

Commendation – Theatre.

1996 Manchester Evening News Award
Director Award to Barrie Rutter.
Best Visiting Production: The Cracked Pot.

1995 British Regional Theatre Award
Best Director: Barrie Rutter.
For Northern Broadsides’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cracked Pot

1994 Manchester Evening News Theatre Award
Best supporting performance in a visiting production. – to John Branwell (Bottom) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

1994 Shakespeare Globe Classic Award – The Tyrone Guthrie Award
To Barrie Rutter for A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Best Production.

1993 Time Out Magazine
To Barrie Rutter and Northern Broadsides for giving fresh voice to classical texts and making them more accessible to a wider audience.

1992 Independent on Sunday Stage Performance of the Year
To Barrie Rutter for his title role in Richard III.

We have also received many nominations over the years.


Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE
Stephanie Cole OBE
Sir Tom Courtenay
Prof Edith Hall
Mike Harding
Roger Harvey OBE
Sir Lenny Henry CBE
Blake Morrison
Mike Poulton
Dame Ingrid Roscoe DCVO, FSA
The Rt. Hon. Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE, FCA
Meera Syal CBE


Chair: Rachel L Harris

Steve Bonfield, Nicky Chance-Thompson, Madeleine O’Reilly, Nick Jones, Sarah Horne, Mike Poulton, Grant Stott.