- The Dowager Countess of Harewood
- 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
- Rt Hon. Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE, FCA
- Meera Syal CBE
The Dowager Countess of Harewood
About The Dowager Countess of HarewoodThe Dowager Countess of Harewood is our original patron and has been our loyal supporter for over twenty years. Sadly passed away 2018. She will be missed.
Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE
About Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE
Actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar gained notoriety as creator and performer of the BBC hit series GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME. His film roles have included IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE (Gurinder Chadha), LONDON BOULEVARD (William Monahan) and THE ZERO THEORUM (Terry Gilliam).
Sanjeev led the cast in the BAFTA award-winning television series INDIAN DOCTOR which garnered record ratings and critical acclaim. He has appeared in the West End as King Arthur in Eric Idle’s SPAMALOT and in 2015 he played the role of Alawi in DINNER WITH SADDAM at the Menier Chocolate Factory. He also wrote and starred in THE KUMARS AT NO. 42 which had global success winning two Emmys, a BAFTA nomination, a British Comedy Award and the Bronze Rose at Montreaux. He is currently reprising his role as DS Sunny Khan in ITV’s award-winning drama UNFORGOTTEN.
Sanjeev was awarded an OBE in 2006.
Stephanie Cole OBE
About Stephanie Cole OBE
” I’ve seen many shows by Northern Broadsides over the years in many surprising and unusual and imaginative venues and have always been excited by their work and been inspired by them. May they have many more years thrilling audiences and introducing so many to ‘theatre’ ”
Stephanie trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Theatre includes: ‘The Fool’ in King Lear (Bristol Old Vic), A Cream Cracker Under the Settee as part of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads (Theatre Royal Bath/Tour) directed by Sarah Esdaile, This May Hurt a Bit (Tour/West End) directed by Max Stafford-Clark, Pygmalion and Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre); Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit (Savoy Theatre), A Passionate Woman (Comedy Theatre, Evening Standard Award nomination), Quartet (Albery Theatre), Whom Do We Have the Honour of Addressing and Driving Miss Daisy (Chichester), Steel Magnolias (Lyric Theatre), Rose (Duke of Yorks), Noises Off (Savoy Theatre), The Relapse (Old Vic). Touring roles include: Born in the Gardens (Peter Hall season for Theatre Royal Bath/Tour), The Rivals, The Shell Seekers, So Long Life and Equally Divided.
Television includes: Comedy Playhouse, Broken Biscuits, Man Down, Still Open All Hours, Coronation Street (Winner of the British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance), The Lady Vanishes, Midsomer Murders, Doc Martin, Born & Bred, Housewife 49, Back Home, Life as We Know It, Keeping Mum, Waiting for God (Winner of the British Comedy Award for Best Actress), A Bit of a Do, Talking Heads: Soldering On, The Return of the Antelope, Open All Hours and Tenko.
Film includes: Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, Grey Owl, Torquay Summer, That Week In Nempnett Thrubwell, International Velvet.
Extensive radio credits include the award winning Cabin Pressure and Ed Reardon’s Week.
Stephanie was awarded the OBE for Services to Drama, Mental Health and the Elderly in 2005.
Sir Tom Courtenay
About Sir Tom Courtenay
“I am a great admirer of Barrie’s achievements with Northern Broadsides.”
Like Barrie Rutter, Tom Courtenay was born in Hull and shares Barries’s love of Hull City.
He left the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, joining The Old Vic Company in 1960. His first film, ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ was released in 1962. More recently he has appeared in ‘Quartet,’ Forty-five Years,’ ‘Dad’s Army’ and the ITV series ‘Unforgotten.’
Prof Edith Hall
About Prof Edith Hall
“The unique faith of Northern Broadsides in vibrant, scrupulous vocal delivery allows them consistently to locate the beating heart in the ageless classics of world theatre.”
Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College London and Co-Founder of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford University. She has written more than twenty books on the ancient Greeks and Romans and their influence today, including Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun (2010). She was awarded the 2015 Erasmus Medal of the European Academy for her research.
About Mike Harding
Roger Harvey OBE
About Roger Harvey OBE
” I was recently at a production of “The Merry Wives” by Broadsides at Liverpool ,and in the talkback session afterward, two of the audience members said that they followed Northern Broadsides, because they make Shakespeare, and theatre accessible, and I completely agree with those sentiments. My wife and I have had the privilege of being involved with the company for over 20 years, and we enjoy being a part of such a dynamic and ground breaking theatre team”
Roger Harvey OBE Chairman of Harveys, a long established independent department store in Halifax
Born June 1947 in Cheltenham, moved to Halifax 1951 when his father opened a store in Rawson Street. At the age of 20 on the death of his father Roger returned to Halifax to work with his mother, Dorothy to develop Harveys.
In 1988 Harveys expanded through property acquisition increasing the store from 8500 square feet to it’s present 26000 square feet, employing over 100 people.
Roger is married to Sue, the fashion director of the company and they have two children, Tracy, who was appointed Managing Director of Harvey’s in 2004,after being with the business over 12 years, and Richard who joined the company in 2004 to develop the IT and training facilities, and who now lives in Germany
He has two Grandsons.
Roger works tirelessly for his local community and has previously been on the board of Action Halifax (Chair),The Town Centre Forum and Northern Broadsides Theatre Company.
He is currently on the board of Project Challenge, a charity working with young people, 900 Trust – Halifax Minster, Piece Hall Trust, Victoria Theatre Trust. President of Halifax Rugby League Club and President of the Halifax Choral Society.
He is an avid supporter of Halifax Rugby league club and an active Theatres and Arts patron he follows the Black Dyke Band, studies Art and Antiques and somehow fits in gardening, photography, walking and foreign travel.
Sir Lenny Henry CBE
About Sir Lenny Henry CBE
“I’ve been asked to say why I am supporting Northern Broadsides as a patron. Which is an odd question because -without Broadsides , my life would not have been transformed. Without Broadsides I would not have taken on one of the greatest tragedies known to man -Othello by William Shakespeare. West Yorkshire Playhouse, then a tour then the Trafalgar theatre in London. Completely changed my life and turned my career around. More importantly the whole experience gave me colleagues and a frame of reference for acting and performing that have stayed with me ever since. Why am I supporting Northern Broadsides as a patron? Ask Rutter…”
Lenny Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as an actor and writer. Lenny first found fame as a comedy impressionist on 70’s TV talent show, New Faces and is best known for his appearances on TISWAS, Three of a Kind, The Lenny Henry Show, Hope & Glory, Lenny Henry in Pieces and Chef!
He made his West End acting debut in the title role of Othello in the Northern Broadsides production at the Trafalgar Studios. His portrayal won him critical acclaim and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer.
Radio includes: Corinne Come Back and Gone, Radio 4; Rudy’s Rare Records, Radio 4
Television includes: Magicians, BBC1; The Syndicate, BBC1; Danny And The Human Zoo, written by Lenny and produced by Red Productions; Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, Sky Arts Douglas Road Productions.
Theatre includes: The Comedy of Errors at The Olivier Theatre at The National; Fences, on tour and then at the Duchess Theatre; Rudy’s Rare Records, at the Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire; Educating Rita, The Chichester Festival.
Awards include: Monaco Red Cross, The Golden Nymph Award, Radio & Television Industry Club Award for BBC Personality of the Year, The Golden Rose, Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards. He received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to charity on 4th December 2015. A fellowship of the Royal Television Society in March 2016, a judges award for raising awareness of diversity within the industry. The Alan Clarke Special Award in recognition of his outstanding creative contribution to television at the 2016 BAFTA awards.
In May 2016, it was announced that Lenny Henry will star in the final series of Broadchurch on ITV1.
About Blake Morrison
Born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and educated at Nottingham University, Blake Morrison is a poet, novelist and librettist, probably best known for his two memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, which was made into a film with Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth, and Things My Mother Never Told Me. His poetry includes the collection The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, and he also published an account of the Bulger murder case, As If. He has adapted several plays for Northern Broadsides, including The Cracked Pot, Lisa’s Sex Strike and We Are Three Sisters. He has also collaborated with the Yorkshire-born composer Gavin Bryars; written regularly for the Guardian for the past 15 years; and has published three novels, The Justification of Johann Gutenberg, South of the River and The Last Weekend. His most recent book is a collection of poems, Shingle Street. He is Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, London.
‘I’ve always enjoyed watching Northern Broadsides productions – and, just as important, especially when they do Shakespeare, listening to them (it’s an unexpected pleasure to go the theatre and hear every word). As one of the most vibrant and enterprising companies in the country, they bring huge energy to everything they do. They’ve made a big difference to my own career, and I’m delighted to support them’
About Mike Poulton
” More than a quarter of a century ago Barrie Rutter showed us that Shakespeare delivered passionately, and flavoured with strong Yorkshire accents could captivate all parts of the nation – and indeed other nations. And that a good actor who takes pains to understand, and trust his playwright is worth more than a multitude of effects and gimmicks, the imposed concepts of crack-pot directors, or expensive sets and frocks… And he’s still at it. Long may it continue.”
Mike Poulton began writing for the theatre in 1995. His first two productions, Uncle Vanya and Fortune’s Fool, were staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Since then, productions include Schiller’s Wallenstein for Chichester and Mary Stuart for Clywd Theatr Cymru; The Lady From The Sea at Birmingham Rep; The Cherry Orchard at Clwyd Theatr Cymru; The Canterbury Tales in two parts and Malory’s Morte D’Arthur for the RSC; The Father at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre and Uncle Vanya on Broadway with Derek Jacobi, Roger Rees and Laura Linney. Earlier productions include The Dance Of Death and Euripides’ Ion at the Mercury Theatre Colchester, Ghosts at Plymouth Theatre Royal, St Erkenwald at the RSC, Three Sisters at Birmingham Rep and a national tour of The Canterbury Tales for Northern Broadsides in 2010. In 2005 his adaptation of Schiller’s Don Carlos won an Olivier Award. In 2003 his Fortune’s Fool received a Tony nomination for Best Play and went on to win seven major awards including the Tony for Best Actor for Alan Bates and the Tony for Best Featured Actor for Frank Langella. Recent work includes: A Tale Of Two Cities at the Royal, Northampton; Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic; Anjin – The Shogun And The English Samurai, commissioned by Horipro in 2009, which was revived in Japan (2012) and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in early 2013; The Bacchae at Manchester’s Royal Exchange; Luise Miller at the Donmar and Uncle Vanya at the Print Room. Stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies opened at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and transferred to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. His Tale of Two Cities has a U.K tour and he is currently at work on projects for The Michael Grandage Company, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Most recently Kenny Morgan at the Arcola, (Offie nominations for best actor and best director,) and The Mysteries in York Minster.
Mike has written all Northern Broadsides’ Shakespeare production programme notes.
Rt Hon. Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE, FCA
About Rt Hon. Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE, FCA
“Northern Broadsides is very special. Its interpretation of Shakespeare’s work makes its understanding much easier for all. The other work done by the company is a splendid addition played by a versatile group of actors.”
(Rt.Hon.Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE FCA)
Active Member of The House of Lords, Lords Minister (2010-2012)
Chartered Accountant, Former Calderdale Councillor and Mayor.
Chair- Northern Broadsides (2002-2010)
He became first a Liberal, and then a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Calderdale MBC, first in 1973 (with a spell as Mayor for a year in 1982/3). In 1995, David was also returned again as a Councillor in Calderdale MBC, and remained there until 2003.
David contested the Sowerby parliamentary seat for the Liberal Party in 1970 and the February and October General Elections of 1974 and in 1979. He contested the Calder Valley seat in both 1983 and 1987 for the Liberal Alliance. He stood for the Liberal Democrats in Pudsey in 1992.
In 2000 he entered the House of Lords as a life peer – Baron Shutt of Greetland in the County of West Yorkshire. He was Liberal Democrat International Development spokesperson in the Lords until 2002.
Meera Syal CBE
About Meera Syal CBE
“I’m delighted to support this dynamic front footed company led by the inimitable Barrie Rutter. Having spent too many years growing up thinking theatre wasn’t for the likes of me, it’s a joy to champion Northern Broadsides who make theatre accessible and exhilarating for all.”
Theatre includes: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Rafta, Rafta Peer Gynt (NT), If you Don’t Let us Dream, We Won’t Let you Sleep (Royal Court), Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing (RSC), The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre), Shirley Valentine (Winner WhatsOnStage Best Solo Peformance- Menier Chocolate Factory/Trafalgar Studios), Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria), The Vagina Monologues (Old Vic/West End/Madison Square Gardens, New York), Serious Money (Royal Court/West End/Public Theatre NY), The great Celestial Cow (Royal Court Upstairs/Tour), Minor Complications, True Dae Kiss, Byrthrite (Royal Court Upstairs), School for Scandal (Bristol Old Vic), My Girl (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Blood Wedding (Half Moon/Tour) and The Oppressed Minorities Big Fun Show (Edinburgh Festival/Shaw Theatre)
Film includes: A Nice Arrangement, Absolutely Anything, All in Good Time, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Desert Flower, Mad, Sad & Bad, Jhoom Bharabar Jhoom, Scoop, Anita and Me, Beautiful Thing, Sammi and Rosie Get Laid, It’s Not Unusual and Marvel’s Dr Strange.
Television includes: The Kumars at Number 42 (BAFTA Nominated Best Comedy Performance), Goodness Gracious Me (BAFTA nominated best comedy, winner RTS/British Comedy Awards/Peabody Award/2 international Emmy’s), Crackanory, Silk, Family Tree, Hunted, The Jury, Little Crackers, Beautiful People, Jekyll, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, The Secretary who Stole £4 million, Life’s not all Ha Ha Hee Hee, The Boy in the Dress, Broadchurch, Psychobitches, The Job Lot, The Brink, Band of Gold, Absolute
After nearly 25 years, we thought it was about time we had a few more patrons to join The Dowager Countess of Harewood who has been our loyal, sole patron for over twenty years. So, we put our heads together here at HQ and came up with a list of possible candidates who might be willing to add their name to our list of supporters. And support is what it’s all about for us – we wanted recognisable names who could offer public support for us when the opportunity might arise and care enough to make the time to shout out for us.
Patronage of the arts goes back to Roman times and is defined thus:
In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors.
We haven’t managed to net any kings or the pope, and I can’t comment about the wealth aspect but I do know that we have gathered a lovely bunch of real supporters.
“Most are famous, all are respected, some are learned, a couple write music and a couple write words and between them there is plenty of “fruit salad”- Knighthoods, OBE’s, CBE etc -but overall there is the shared passion and support for the work of Northern Broadsides.
They provide the voice of encouragement for Northern Broadsides to maintain our high standards, relish our audiences and play our part in the rich theatrical network.
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome this distinguished list of new Patrons. Their profile and commitment to theatre and communities will help enhance the reputation of Northern Broadsides as one of the country’s leading theatre companies”