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“Cyrano” at York Theatre Royal

Northern Broadsides theatre company have two enduring trademarks: use of the actors’ own natural voice, rather than an assumed accent; and singing. Both are much in evidence in their current touring production, “Cyrano”. Starting life as “Cyrano de Bergerac”, written by Edmond Rostand in rhyming couplets in French in 1897, the story is a long […]

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York Theatre Royal seeks boys and dog for new production

York Theatre Royal is seeking a young company of two boys to play the role of Arthur, the son of Helen, in brand new stage adaptation of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Deborah McAndrew, a co production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton. We are looking for two boys with the maximum playing age of […]

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Tickets for 2017 York panto on sale soon

Just when you thought panto was all over for another year, here comes news of the next one! Tickets for this year’s York Theatre Royal Pantomime, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, go on sale on Wednesday March 1 in person ONLY. The box office will open at 9.00am. It’s something of a tradition amongst panto enthusiasts, […]

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Fallen Angels in Arts Centre bar

The 1812 Theatre Company is leaving the stage, briefly, for the Studio Bar at Helmsley Arts Centre with a production of Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels“. Jane and Julia are bored with their golfing husbands. But when postcards arrive from Maurice, a charming Frenchman with whom both had affairs before they were married, panic sets in… […]

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Northern Broadsides touring “Cyrano de Bergerac”

Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, join forces in a spring touring production bringing their celebrated musical panache, acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style to a swashbuckling tale of unrequited love set in the golden age of musketeers: “Cyrano de Bergerac“. Paris, 1640.  Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant poet and swordsman, […]

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Coach trip to The King and I

Rogers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic musical, “The King and I“, is coming to York Theatre Royal from Wednesday March 8 to Saturday March 18. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son […]

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Special performances of Pinocchio

“Pinocchio”, the Christmas show now on at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is selling well, and attracting excellent reviews, Tomorrow’s matinee is sold out, but some tickets remain for all other performances. Of special note are three performances aimed at theatre-goers who might otherwise struggle. Signed Performance: Wednesday 21 December, 2.30pm A sign language […]

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A round-up of Christmas shows

Advertising “ Snow White” at the Helmsley Arts Centre reminds us that the pantomime season is upon us. For the best seats at the big shows you need to have booked long ago, but don’t despair, there’s plenty going on with seats still available. Here’s a round-up of shows we know about, within striking distance […]

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Snow White in Helmsley

Helmsley Arts Centre’s pantomime, Snow White, opens this Saturday, December 3. Join the in-house theatre company for the ever popular traditional 1812 pantomime, this year bringing a new take on a classic tale. With fabulous songs and dances, fun for all the family and sparkling local performers of all ages in a top quality show […]

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This didn’t hurt at all

Two days ago I was grumbling about over-enthusiastic critics and the poor quality of the play on offer at York Theatre Royal.  But perhaps it was just me becoming ever more old and grumpy. So it was with some trepidation that I set off today, in miserable weather, on the bus which takes forever, to […]

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Night fell and so did our interest

“Night Must Fall” is described by York Theatre Royal as a “psychological thriller from master playwright Emlyn Williams” which “has all the tension, atmosphere and suspicion of the best British mysteries and will leave you on the edge of your seat”. “Creepy and insinuating psychological thriller that still has the power to disturb and entertain” […]

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Full cast for YTR Cinderella announced

“Cinderella”, this year’s panto at York Theatre Royal, opens on December 8, and the full cast has just been announced – details here. You’ll see that one familiar name is missing: although York’s favourite panto son Martin Barrass’s condition has improved significantly following a road accident in September, he’s still in recovery and won’t appear […]

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Plays before pantos, coming up in York and Scarborough

Two good light-hearted plays are on offer at local theatres later this month, both in the same week (why does it always happen this way?), giving the opportunity for a last visit before we are overwhelmed by the pantomime season (on which more soon). York Theatre Royal has “Night Must Fall” by Emlyn Williams (1905 […]

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Brief Lives returns

In the spring of 2015, Beverley based theatre company Other Lives Productions toured “Brief Lives“, a one-man show which follows a day in the life of John Aubrey, the seventeenth century diarist. The show has now been revived for a further tour. We saw this on the first run and can warmly recommend it as […]

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North Country Theatre returns with The Wish House

North Country Theatre is celebrating its 20th Anniversary year with a new play called “The Wish House”, a sinister story of superstition, sacrifice and dirty laundry. Based in the Yorkshire Dales, North Country Theatre specialises in taking professional theatre out into the country, touring to village halls, small theatres, arts centres, churches, auction marts, castles, […]

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Live relay of Shakespeare’s King Lear this Wednesday

Can’t make it to Stratford-upon-Avon to see King Lear?    Don’t miss Artistic Director Gregory Doran directing one of our finest Shakespearean actors, Antony Sher in one of the greatest parts ever written by Shakespeare. King Lear will be broadcast live to cinemas in the UK and selected countries on Wednesday 12 October 2016.    […]

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Now we are not married….

“When We Are Married”, now touring with Northern Broadsides, might better be titled “Now We Are Not Married”. Written by J.B. Priestley, the play is set in Cleckleywyke, a town in the West Riding, in 1908.  It features three couples, all highly respected pillars of their community, married on the same day in the same […]

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A new look at Sherlock Holmes, at York Theatre Royal

From York Theatre Royal: Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Prepare to be entertained as never before this summer! York Theatre Royal presents “Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Be astounded as our lightning-fast troupe of Victorian travelling actor-musicians turn horror into howling comedy, full of quick-fire wit, tongue-in-cheek humour […]

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Northern Broadsides to tour Priestley classic

Theatre company Northern Broadsides has announced that its autumn touring production is to be the J.B. Priestley classic “When We Are Married”. Bradford born Priestly (1894 – 1984) was a prolific author, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, man of letters and broadcaster, and his Yorkshire background is reflected in much of his fiction. A perfect […]

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Three day drama & history workshop for 8-12 years

A great summer event for youngsters is being run by the Everwitch Theatre Co. in association with the North York Moors Railway – details below:

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Rattigan’s “Deep Blue Sea” on live relay

Terrence Rattigan, a playwright who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 50s, is having a bit of a revival at the moment.  If you enjoyed “Flarepath” at the York Theatre Royal recently, you might also like “The Deep Blue Sea” now showing at the National Theatre, and to be broadcast by live relay on […]

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The Lumberjills – theatre in Dalby Forest

The Lumberjills tells the story of three young women, Mary, Connie and Ada who are called up to join the Timber Corps. Together the three friends master the art of swinging an axe, staying out late and dancing the foxtrot. Working in the forest is a tough life and the state think that it will […]

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York Mystery Plays open this week

The York Minster Mystery Plays 2016 open on Thursday, 26 May. Just over four months ago, 150 people from York and the surrounding areas sat down to read Mike Poulton’s Mystery Plays script for the very first time. In two days’ time, these amazing community actors, accompanied by Game of Thrones star Philip McGinley, will […]

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“The Audience” returns to local cinemas

Enjoy a night out with theatre royalty! Helen Mirren gives an Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience”, returning in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday. For sixty years, the Queen has met with each of her Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting known as The Audience. From old […]

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York Theatre Royal revamped and Brideshead Revisted

York Theatre Royal re-opened last Friday after a £6 million re-fit, with the first ever stage adaptation of “Brideshead Revisited”. There are changes in the auditorium, with the back of the old stalls now blocked off, and the new stalls rising gently to meet the dress circle, with much improved sight lines all round, as […]

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The Tempest by the Flanagan Collective

Community Theatre shout out

In September 2014, The Flanagan Collective moved home to a 17th Century converted Watermill in Stillington, North Yorkshire. They were looking for a place to house artists, rehearse shows and, ultimately, present work. Now they launch their first production At The Mill – an ambitious, promenade production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But not only that, […]

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Badapple tour of The Thankful Village

The Badapple Theatre Company is touring village venues with its latest production, The Thankful Village, a hit comedy-drama by Kate Bramley with music by Jez Lowe.  The quiet village backwater of Bottledale is changed forever by the advent of the Great War in Europe. But the roll of honour stone in the village square remains […]

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WEA trip to revisit Brideshead

If you fancy seeing Brideshead Revisited, the opening production at the refurbished York Theatre Royal, but without the hassle of driving and parking, this is for you. The Pickering branch of the WEA is organising a coach trip to the matinee performance on Saturday April 30.  The coach will pick up in Kirkbymoorside at 11.15am, […]

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York Theatre Royal ready to be revisited with Brideshead

York Theatre Royal is re-opening in April, after a major redevelopment of its facilities both in the auditorium and front of house, with a world premiere, in conjunction with English Touring Theatre, of a stage adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Brideshead started life as a novel by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1945, but is probably best […]

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Another chance to see The 39 Steps

Sometimes plays keep coming round when you think they must long since have run out of steam and should be quietly abandoned: The Mousetrap is a case in point. The 39 Steps might be seen in the same category but, having enjoyed it enormously, twice, with some hesitation I took a friend to see it […]

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