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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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Old Mother Goose

This year's panto is Old Mother Goose - written by Berwick Kaler. Good versus evil is put to the test when two fairies battle for supremacy. The bad fairy claims any human being can be corrupted; the good fairy throws down a challenge and chooses Old Mother Goose as an example of all that is good and cannot be corrupted. The bad fairy sets off to prove the good fairy wrong. So begins yet another classic panto ‘tale of the unexpected’, a tale to mystify your senses, a tale to tax anyone’s credulity, but above all a tale that will have the whole family enthralled in a world of laughter that never ceases. It’s true – why not book now and find out if we’re just telling tales! Starring Berwick Kaler, Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and David Leonard. Plus stalwarts AJ Powell (the brummie you’ve taken to your hearts), Tim Lawrence, Pocklington’s very own Harry Hughes, Hermione Lynch, Danielle Mullan, Lauren Newton, Jake Lindsay, Faye Spooner and Cameron Macdonald. ‘Kaler is certainly nudging national treasure status...He is the master of organised chaos’ Yorkshire Post

Rosie Kay's 5 Soldiers

Rosie Kay Dance Company presents 5 SOLDIERS 5 SOLDIERS is a moving, dramatic and unique work that looks at how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century. A visceral ‘tour de force’ of the senses, 5 SOLDIERS provides an intimate view of the training that prepares our soldiers for the sheer physicality of combat, for the possibility of injury, and the impact conflict has on the bodies and minds of everyone it reaches.

Old Mother Goose

This year's panto is Old Mother Goose - written by Berwick Kaler. Good versus evil is put to the test when two fairies battle for supremacy. The bad fairy claims any human being can be corrupted; the good fairy throws down a challenge and chooses Old Mother Goose as an example of all that is good and cannot be corrupted. The bad fairy sets off to prove the good fairy wrong. So begins yet another classic panto ‘tale of the unexpected’, a tale to mystify your senses, a tale to tax anyone’s credulity, but above all a tale that will have the whole family enthralled in a world of laughter that never ceases. It’s true – why not book now and find out if we’re just telling tales! Starring Berwick Kaler, Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and David Leonard. Plus stalwarts AJ Powell (the brummie you’ve taken to your hearts), Tim Lawrence, Pocklington’s very own Harry Hughes, Hermione Lynch, Danielle Mullan, Lauren Newton, Jake Lindsay, Faye Spooner and Cameron Macdonald. ‘Kaler is certainly nudging national treasure status...He is the master of organised chaos’ Yorkshire Post

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A Christmas Carol

Come warm your cockles with some hearty fare and a flagon of Marley's finest. The Flanagan Collective's communal dining version of A Christmas Carol returns for the fourth year running. You are cordially invited to the parlour of Mr Ebeneezer Scrooge for a tale of ghouls, ghosts and - with your help - barrels of festive cheer. We join Marley over a sumptuous two course feast, and some potent potion to keep off the winter chill. Through parlour games, Christmas songs and a little spirited trickery, we must warm the heart of the bah-humbugging miser, everyone's favourite festive misanthrope, Scrooge. Conceived over a pint in their local, writer Alexander Wright and director Tom Bellerby's (the team behind critically acclaimed Beulah and Sherlock Holmes: A Christmas Carol) seasonal show lunges in to its fourth year. A show about Christmas spirit, caring for those we love, and having a damn good knees up, couldn't be a more perfect way to warm a cold winter's evening. This year, The Flanagan Collective have teamed up with award winning producers, and good friends, Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook (Woody Sez, Away From Homes).

Puss In Boots

TongueTied Theatre & TellingTales (creators of last year’s acclaimed Cinderella) return to the De Grey Ballroom with a new storytelling performance to ignite the imagination. Join down-at-heel Jack and his Puss in Boots as they struggle to improve their fortunes in this classic adventure tale. This production’s comic retelling spans the intimate to the epic, from intricate shadow puppetry to truly ogresized puppets. You’ll feel part of the action as you journey with Puss, meeting colourful characters and visiting faraway places. With laughs and surprises a plenty this is the purr-fect tale for you and your family this Christmas! ‘It is a gentle reminder that for all the glitter and gimmicks it will always be good storytelling that remains at the heart of captivating theatre.' **** What’s on Stage (Cinderella) This show is for audiences aged 5 to 11, with the exception of performances designated as All Ages Welcome (AAW), where the show has been slightly adapted to suit younger audiences and all the family are welcome. All Ages Welcome Shows take place on: Tues 16 Dec (1pm), Weds 17 Dec (10.30am), Mon 22 Dec (1pm), Sat 27 Dec (10.30am), Weds 31 Dec (1pm). Maxcard: Families with Maxcards can use them on this performance on Monday 22 Dec at 1pm.

How to make OHP Shadow Puppets

The team behind Puss in Boots show you how to make a shadow puppet show using an overhead projector. Create your own ending for the Puss in Boots story using the Puss template on the YTR website.

How to make Shadow Puppets

The team behind Puss in Boots show you how to make a shadow puppet show. Create your own ending for the Puss in Boots story using the Puss template on the YTR website.

Puss in Boots

TongueTied Theatre & TellingTales (creators of last year’s acclaimed Cinderella) return to the De Grey Ballroom with a new storytelling performance to ignite the imagination. Join down-at-heel Jack and his Puss in Boots as they struggle to improve their fortunes in this classic adventure tale. This production’s comic retelling spans the intimate to the epic, from intricate shadow puppetry to truly ogresized puppets

Woman In Black UK Tour Trailer

THE MOST TERRIFYING LIVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD COMES TO YORK! Now celebrating its 25th year in the West End, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most chilling and successful theatre events ever staged. http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/The_Woman_In_Black_2.php#.VEUKnYvF_Vs

Helver's Night Designer Zoe Squire interview

Watch an interview with Helver's Night Designer Zoe Squire http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/Helvers_Night.php

Interview with Betrayal Designer Dawn Allsopp

The designer of our current production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal Dawn Allsopp talks about her designs for the show. http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/Betrayal.php

Helver's Night Final Cut HD

Ingmar Vilqist’s Helver’s Night is a thrilling and gutwrenching play that charts the relationship between Carla and her young charge, Helver. Helver is fascinated by fascism – not by the ideology, which he is unable to grasp, but by the bravura of the movement. As a violent occupying army rampage through his town, will Helver become a victim of this fascination? From the winners of the Young Angels Award 2014, director Hal Chambers’ and designer Zoe Squire’s bold creative vision thrusts the audience into the heart of the conflict. http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/Helvers_Night.php Video by Sam Underwood of Underwood Films. 'Waltz No. 9' (Op 40) Written by Tchaikovsky. Performed by Andrew Stamatakis-Brown. Recorded and produced by Benjamin Hudson.

Betrayal

Emma is married to Robert, who is the best friend of Jerry, who is the lover of Emma. A lingering glance, one drink too many, a flirtation at a party: Betrayal is the story of a love triangle, stretching over the course of nine years and weaving a labyrinth of betrayals, that explores the high price of passion and the damage inflicted by desire. Critically regarded as one of his major dramatic works and inspired by his own extramarital affair with Joan Bakewell, Pinter unravels a backwards winding path of loss and discovery charting the ultimate betrayal of friend and husband. Fri 03 Oct - Sat 18 Oct http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Regeneration Trailer

Pat Barker's Booker nominated novel Regeneration is being brought to the stage this Autumn to mark the Centenary of the First World War. Catch it at York Theatre Royal this September: http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/Regeneration.php

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

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

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