In an exciting update to the venue’s 2020 outdoor programme, The Piece Hall Trust have announced that Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show, a dark and enchanting theatrical experience, will be hosted in The Piece Hall courtyard this October.

The exceptional open-air show will be performed at 7:30pm and 8:30pm in the iconic Halifax venue on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October 2020, forming part of a wider programme of cultural activity designed to keep visitors safe throughout the coming months and playing a key part in the shows’ wider tour.

Drawing on elements of the classic horror film genre, as well as traditions of carnival and medicine shows, the piece is a dark, magical and captivating story set in which Dr Blood tells of the price paid for ambition, hypocrisy and greed.

The innovative imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse co-production is a bold piece of art designed to be performed outside given the current landscape, and draws on imitating the dog’s repute for fusing live performance with digital technology to create exceptional shows.

Tickets are £5 per person and will go on sale at 10am on Friday 18th September 2020. Members of The Piece Hall Trust will have exclusive priority booking from 10am on Thursday 17th September 2020. Please visit The Piece Hall website for booking information. All ticket proceeds from the tour will go towards supporting tour venues during lockdown.

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO at The Piece Hall Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the fantastic Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show will be visiting The Piece Hall on its tour, allowing regional audiences to experience the best of live theatre again safely in our courtyard.

Visiting a stream of iconic entertainment venues throughout October, the tour of this exciting, enthralling piece of theatre is a great step forward for the culture industry, and we’re thrilled to be playing a key part in this.”

The live theatre experience will premiere at Leeds Playhouse’s Playhouse Square 7-8 October, before touring to The Piece Hall Halifax, The Lowry in Salford, Lancaster Square at Lancaster Arts and Dukes Lancaster, and Belgrade Square at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry throughout October.

The Piece Hall was reopened in 2017 following extensive refurbishment and renovation. The former Georgian cloth worker’s hall is now a centre for culture and commerce within the Calderdale district, and plays host to an impressive calendar of live events and unique performances throughout the year.