Georgian Theatre Royal

Top choice in Yorkshire Dales National Park

Built in 1788, this is the most complete Georgian playhouse in Britain. It closed in 1848 and was used as an auction house into the early 20th century, reopening as a working theatre again in 1963 after a period of restoration. Fascinating tours (starting on the hour) include a look at the country's oldest surviving stage scenery, painted between 1818 and 1836.

Check the website for upcoming plays and performances; the Christmas pantomime is particularly popular.