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York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal is a key regional producing theatre that includes a studio theatre focusing on new writing and plays for younger audiences. A well-established education and outreach programme underpins the work. There is an increasing focus on young people’s work and narrative learning that is also intended to inform the planned development of the neighbouring De Grey Rooms as a new creative environment for the theatre. The company has extensive co-producing relationships.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £583,300
  • 2013-2014: £597,299
  • 2014-2015: £612,829

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1984 Trailer - York Theatre Royal

“***** A chilling, ingenious 101 minutes. I urge you to see this stunning show" The Times The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in this radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. 1984 sold out a UK tour last year and a seven week run at the Almeida Theatre, before a five month West End run. Now coming to York Theatre Royal this September: http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/1984.php

The Wind in the Willows

Bring your family along to York Theatre Royal this summer to watch our magical adaptation of the much loved classic The Wind in the Willows. Described as an “Inspired adaptation – a must see family show”, this summer spectacular features live music, mesmerising staging and of course your favourite characters Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad.

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis

Three years after the Reichenbach Falls the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, is presumed dead. Dr John Watson has married and moved on, consigning his of days adventure and investigation to memories. In an intimate room, buried deep within the walls of York’s Guildhall a lecture is about to take place. A great professor of criminology prepares to educate his audience on the ‘science of deduction’ that Holmes made famous. Will this event be the catalyst to throw Holmes and Watson together again, as one final mystery lays dormant, waiting to be unraveled? Could it be true that their archenemy Moriarty is still at large? This fast paced and participatory production places the audience at the heart of the action, with games to play and investigations to be solved. A contemporary, interactive original drama inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's much-loved detective stories. The unique setting within the Guildhall makes for a thrilling partnership between pioneering company, The Flanagan Collective, an associate theatre company at York Theatre Royal, and one of the city’s hidden gems. ‘Is there a better young writer in Yorkshire theatre right now?’ The York Press on Alexander Wright’s most recent show Babylon Please note that there are elements of the show that include audience participation. Cash bar provided by The Gillygate. Follow us online www.theflanagancollective.co.uk / @FlanCol / #TheGamesAfoot

Kite Runner Trailer (UK Productions)

Based on the international best selling novel, don't miss this "exhilarating" (The Times) show, at York Theatre Royal this October http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/The_Kite_Runner.php

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1744 to the Future

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded £2,850,000 by Arts Council England to undertake a major redevelopment of Theatre Royal. Coupled with grants from City of York Council and other trusts and foundations, we are close to raising the £4.1 million that will allow us to make the most significant changes to the Theatre since Patrick Gwynne's 1967 extension. With extended foyer spaces, a revamped auditorium and improved access around the building, we will create a magnificent building for the future.

Monday's Child Trailer

Monday's Child tells a simple poetic story of the unique bond between a grandmother and a little girl. We share the delights and surprises of the respective stages of their lives: discoveries, memories, imaginings... Together they love to sing and dress up and are often oblivious of the challenges that the real world throws at them. The little girl delights in discovering her world and loves learning new things -- how to count, the different colours and the simplicities of abc and 123. Written by award-winning writer Brendan Murray (Writer's Guild of Great Britain, Best Children's Play 2012), and with live music and dance, this imaginative dream-like yet funny story explores how we learn, remember, grow old and cope with new challenges. With a magical mix of music, movement and beautiful design, Monday's Child has been made especially for children aged 3-7 years, their families and teachers. Join us for a funny, tender exploration of worlds old and new. Monday's Child is at York Theatre Royal on Tuesday 10 June as part of the Little Festival of Children's Theatre.

Blithe Spirit at York Theatre Royal 9 - 31May 2014

Blithe Spirit at York Theatre Royal 9 - 31 May 2014 Starring: Nichola McAuliffe (Madame Arcarti), Andrew Hall (Charles Condomine), Caroline Harker (Ruth Condomine), Blair Plant (Dr Bradman), Rachel Atkins (Mrs Bradman), Amy Rockson (Elvira) and Louise Calf (Edith) http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Blithe_Spirit.php#.U25RhoWtg6E

A Number

How might a man feel to discover that he is only one in a number of identical copies? And which one of him is the original? A Number explores the subject of human cloning and identity. Set in the near future, we witness the conflict between a father and his three sons -- two of whom are clones of the first one. Through the eternal debate on nature versus nurture, award winning playwright Caryl Churchill explores what makes us who we are, in a gripping and explosive drama which will feature real life father and son George and Niall Costigan. George Costigan (Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Calendar Girls) returns to York Theatre Royal's Studio after his stunning performance in David Harrower's Blackbird and we welcome back Niall Costigan who recently played King Arthur in our family summer show.

Icarus

An adventurous theatrical event, bursting with live music, is taking over four Yorkshire market towns in April 2014. ICARUS is a story about strapping on wings and taking flight. A story about what it means to be ambitious and a little bit reckless. A story about how small towns respond to big dreams. Award-winning theatre company Fine Chisel are working with the local community to create a unique experience in each town. The performance will start in a church, parade through the town and culminate in a knees-up in a local pub. Along the way there will be singing and celebrating, local stories and flights of fancy. Dress for the weather!

The Stepmother Prequel

York Settlement Community Players present The Stepmother Wednesday 5 - Saturday 15 March York Theatre Royal - Studio Tickets available from www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/The_Stepmother Written in 1924 (by the writer of Rutherford & Son) and revived in 2013 at The Orange Tree Theatre, to huge acclaim, The Stepmother is a sensational rediscovery, brought to Yorkshire for the first time by York Settlement Community Players. In the character of Lois Relph, Githa Sowerby has created a truly modern woman, juggling the demands of children, business and conscience at a time when the pace of social and technological change is fast and getting faster...

Brassed Off - Reactions from the Audience

Hear what our audience members thought of the show. Brassed Off is at York Theatre Royal until Saturday 1st March. For more information and to buy tickets go to http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Brassed_Off_2013 Brassed Off will then start a national tour.

BBC Look North (Yorkshire) feature Brassed Off

BBC Look North (Yorkshire) feature Brassed Off during their show on Tuesday 11th February Brassed Off is at York Theatre Royal until Saturday 1st March You can book tickets via our Box Office on 01904 623568 or through our website http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Brassed_Off_2013 Passionate and inspiring -- this funny and heartwarming drama is a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit in triumph against all the odds. To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike of 1984, we are proud to present this production of Brassed Off. It is 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain. With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, bandleader Danny's hopes of winning the national brass band competition seem like a distant dream. But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse. Featuring a live brass band playing a rousing score including Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem.

Behind the Scenes of Brassed Off

Director Damian Cruden and the cast of Brassed Off talk about the rehearsal process and their trip to the National Coal Mining Museum. Brassed Off opens at York Theatre Royal on Friday 14th February and runs until Saturday 1st March. For more information and to buy tickets go to http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Brassed_Off_2013 Brassed Off will then start a national tour.

Minster FM interview with John McArdle and Damian Cruden

Minster Fm interview John McArdle and Director Damian Cruden about Brassed Off. Brassed Off is at York Theatre Royal Friday 14 February - Saturday 01 March, tickets are available from the Box Office on 01904 623568 or our website http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Brassed_Off_2013

Minster FM interview with Andrew Dunn and Luke Adamson

Minster Fm interview Andrew Dunn and Luke Adamson about Brassed Off. Brassed Off is at York Theatre Royal Friday 14 February - Saturday 01 March, tickets are available from the Box Office on 01904 623568 or our website http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Brassed_Off_2013

The Play That Goes Wrong

Tue 08 Apr - Sat 12 Apr MAIN HOUSE - York Theatre Royal http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/The_Play_That_Goes_Wrong Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this new hit comedy, direct from the West End. ★★★★ "Genuinely hilarious" Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920's murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong... does, as the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. This brilliant new laugh out loud comedy performed by Mischief Theatre Company has enjoyed two successful runs in the West End and was the sell out smash hit of the Edinburgh Festival with sensational reviews, numerous accolades and awards. The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter! ★★★★ "Ridiculously funny" Libby Purves, The Times ★★★★★ "I haven't laughed so much for years" Janet Street Porter, Independent on Sunday

Aladdin and the Twankeys

If you've not seen a York Theatre Royal panto before, book now and find out why we receive consistently high praise from national television and press coverage. No matter where you hail from, you'll be warmly welcomed and hooked for life!

Cinderella

This Christmas, come and be part of one of the most famous stories ever told. A story of a girl, a prince, a glass slipper and, of course, a pumpkin. Children and adults alike will be swept along by the magic and mystery of Cinderella. You'll be whisked off your feet as you whirl through a world of firesides and chandeliers. TongueTied Theatre (The Revenge of Mr Trout!) and Telling Tales (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Hansel & Gretel) come together to transport you into Cinderella's very own ballroom, in a performance featuring live music, shadow puppetry, mask and the warmth of storytelling. Performed in the stunning Ballroom at York Theatre Royal's De Grey Rooms, it is the perfect setting for this festive tales. Especially for ages 3-11

Shadow Puppetry Tutorial

Learn some new crafty skills with our Shadow Puppetry Tutorial Video courtesy of TongueTied Theatre and Telling Tales. All in aid of our family production of Cinderella which features shadow puppetry, live music and beautiful storytelling. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

They didn't know one another, but they all knew him. Three women... One man... and the event by which they're inextricably linked. Written as a series of interconnected monologues, Richard Cameron's multi-awarding winning play is as beautiful as it is tragic. Set in South Yorkshire, against the noir mode of moorland, water and stone, this is an extraordinarily delicate portrait of love, perseverance, heartbreak and strength. "As a record of one man's heartless destructiveness, Cameron's play is itself cumulatively and salutarily devastating... Building up a picture from many partial perspectives" The Independent "A small unexpected one-act gem" Daily Mail Video by Fresh Label

Richard III - Determined to prove a Villain

http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/richard_iii.php York Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse present Shakespeare's Richard III Shakespeare's ruthless and cunning Richard plots, calculates and murders his way to the throne in one of the most chilling portrayals of political tyranny ever written. Ian Bartholomew plays the murderous and power hungry Richard, in one of the greatest and most thrilling of Shakespeare's roles. On 27 Nov there will be a special Silent Film event in partnership with The University of York. Part of the city wide festival; *Richard III: Rumour and Reality* www.richardIIIrumourandreality.co.uk Twitter: #MyKingdomForAHorse

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