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    Thanks to all our audiences, we had a blast!

    Show dates 24th January to 1st February at Ilkley's King's Hall
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    Shrek the Musical

    Tickets on sale soon!

    Show dates 15th to 18th July at Ilkley's King's Hall


Thank you so much for everyone who played a part in Upstagers’ 2020 panto Sinbad . So many awesome people worked ridiculously hard to make it happen. To our Upstagers family in the cast and crew, you are amazing and it’s an honour and privilege to work with you all. Thanks too to our amazing audiences who laughed, cheered, booed, hissed, heckled, sang and applauded so vociferously!

We'll be taking a short break from show prep, but will be starting preparations and releasing tickets for our next show Shrek The Musical very soon!

Posted by Andrew Hewitt, 6th February

My Image

Thanks to all our audiences, we had a blast!

Show dates 24th January to 1st February at Ilkley's King's Hall
Shrek the Musical

Tickets on sale soon!

Show dates 15th to 18th July at Ilkley's King's Hall
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Upstagers Academy

Upstagers has been providing a creative outlet for youngsters in the Ilkley area for over thirty years. We have a great team of teachers providing fulfilling, fun and beneficial classes to our next generation of Upstagers stars. Our students get the most out of their experience by building confidence and developing communication skills, whilst also having a lot of fun and meeting new friends. We're proud that many Upstagers alumni have created successful careers in theatre and other forms of performance.

Classes are available for six year olds up to young adults. All classes take place at the Upstagers Barn opposite Ilkley railway station.

Click the button below to visit our Upstagers Academy mini-site.

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Box Office

We partner with TicketSource for our box office. Click the button below to choose your seats and pay using your credit or debit card. You can print your tickets at home or have them posted to you for an additional fee. Alternatively call 0333 666 33 66, available weekdays 9am to 7pm (excluding bank holidays) and Saturday 9am to 5pm. This is a local rate number.

For group bookings or special access needs (i.e wheelchairs) please call our local box office on 01943 607944 at sociable hours.

If you have any issues with your booking just email and we'll do our best to help.

About Us

Upstagers is a youth theatre group based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. We typically put on two main shows a year - a pantomime in late January and a musical summer show in mid July. Our performers tend to be aged 6 to 25(ish). In addition to our shows, we also run classes in Drama, Singing and Performance through our Upstagers Academy, which are all run at our home at the Upstagers Barn in Ilkley (opposite Ilkley station).

We are also a registered charity (no. 1041989) run by a great team of hard-working volunteers. As a charity, we rely on the hard work of the volunteers in our amazing Upstagers family, so don't tend to offer paid work, but we welcome any offers of help. All our income goes into the running of our premises, Academy classes and shows. If you would like to donate to our charity then please click the link below and thank you so much!

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Upstagers is a charity with the stated aim of promoting the performing arts in the local area, particularly to the younger generation. This would be impossible without a team of volunteers, our Upstagers Family, who give their time and energy, and without whom Upstagers would not be the success that it has been over the last 30+ years. However, it also costs money to keep our building running and to put on theatrical productions.

If you'd like to volunteer to help then please email us at and if you are would like to make a charitable donation you can do so by clicking the button below. We are very grateful for any and all support.

Contact Us

‘The Upstagers Barn’
Rear Midland Hotel, Station Road
Ilkley, West Yorkshire
LS29 8HA

Our home is opposite Ilkley station, between the King's Hall and The Midland public house.

Main contact email:
Upstagers Academy enquiries:
Box Office enquiries:

The Upstagers Barn telephone: 01943 604792
Box Office (credit card bookings): 0333 666 33 66
Mrs. Ticket (non-credit card bookings & special booking requests): 01943 607944

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