The Man Who Captured Sunlight

Author(s): Gavin Collinson

The remarkable story of one of Harrogate’s most meteoric figures, Samson Fox, who was Mayor of Harrogate (1889–1892) and the ancestor of Britain’s most famous acting dynasty.

Samson was born into poverty in Bradford in 1838 and worked in the mills from the age of nine.

As an inventor, he helped spearhead the Industrial Revolution. An impresario of his day, he famously ‘bottled the sun’ as Harrogate’s streets became the first thoroughfares in the world to be lit with his Fox Water-Gas.

The Man Who Captured Sunlight will be performed in the theatre he helped build, by North of Watford professional actors.


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