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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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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.

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Helver's Night Designer Zoe Squire interview

Watch an interview with Helver's Night Designer Zoe Squire

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.

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. 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.


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

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:

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:

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 / @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

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)

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.

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