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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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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.

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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)

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.


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 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 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 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 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

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

The Play That Goes Wrong

Tue 08 Apr - Sat 12 Apr MAIN HOUSE - York Theatre Royal 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!


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.

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 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* Twitter: #MyKingdomForAHorse

The Only Way is Chelsea's- In rehearsal

The Only Way is Chelsea's by Frazer Flintham is at York Theatre Royal (in partnership with TakeOver Festival) 15-19 October, Live Theatre (in partnership with Juice Festival) 25-26 October and Soho Theatre 6-10 November. Warning: contains language some viewers may find offensive.

See How They Run Don't Panic! This popular 1940's British comedy is family-friendly farce at its most frantic and hilarious. War is about to break out in frightfully English Merton-cum-Middlewick, but the conflict is mostly over the Harvest Festival decorations. #SeeHowTheyRun

The Only Way Is Chelsea's Winner of the TakeOver Residency Award 2013 14 year old Chelsea lives in Acomb, York - and as far as she's concerned her life's a mess. But she's got a plan. With the help of best mates Lee and Dionne, she's going to turn things around and star in her own reality drama. Soon enough, everyone wants a piece of Chelsea's reality, but can life in front of the lens refocus the many troubles behind it? The Only Way Is Chelsea's is a funny, dark but touching tale about one girls quest to re-invent her own reality and what can happen when you get what you wish for. A TakeOver and Root Theatre Co-Production.

The Legend of King Arthur - Audience Reaction What did you enjoy most about The Legend of King Arthur at York Theatre Royal? Here is what some visitors thought, share your thoughts below, on twitter (#YorkArthur) and on Facebook

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