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Murder in the Cathedral in Lastingham

Was Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury 1162-1170, and perhaps the most famous of English Saints, a martyr? T. S. Eliot’s play exposes the conflict between the material and spiritual worlds and the friendship beween a King (Henry II) and his one time Chancellor, which ended in a brutal murder on 29th December 1170. Come and […]

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1812 Pantomime: Dick Whittington and His Cat

As you may have noticed, the pantomime season is upon us.  Here are details of our nearest event, in Helmsley. Full listings will follow shortly.  Ed The 1812 Theatre Company’s pantomime returns to Helmsley Arts Centre this year with Dick Whittington and a host of other entertaining characters. Directed by Helena Fox (Director of Everwitch […]

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Tickets now on sale for York pop-up Shakespeare theatre

Tickets are now on sale for the much publicised pop-up theatre to be built in York next summer. Set in a vibrant Shakespearean Village beside Clifford’s Tower in York, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre promises a thrilling and unique theatrical experience!  The pop-up theatre will combine state-of-the-art scaffolding technology with the historic 13-sided design of a traditional […]

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Coach trips to music, with the WEA

No less than three trips to a musical event are being arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA in the near future. Why not take advantage of a coach with pick-ups right here in Kirkbymoorside and avoid struggling through the winter weather? And coaches also pick up only in Sinnington and Pickering, so you […]

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Nightmares in Norfolk? Bad dreams in Helmsley

North Country Theatre has been in business, taking theatre to remote locations in village halls, small theatres, arts centres, churches, auction marts, castles, railway waiting rooms, hotels, and gardens, since 1996. I found them a few years later, on their annual visit to the Helmsley Arts Centre, and have since been a regular supporter. Over […]

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York panto star Berwick Kaler fights back after heart bypass operation

York Theatre Royal’s legendary panto dame Berwick Kaler gave an exclusive interview to York Press about how he’s getting ready for Christmas following heart surgery surgery earlier this year. This year’s Jack and the Beanstalk will be Berwick’s 39th pantomime. The full York Theatre Royal panto family is back as Berwick is joined again by […]

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The 1812 Theatre Company @ Helmsley Arts Centre present ….

Di and Viv and Rose by Amelia Bullmore. Age Recommendation 14+ directed by Natasha Jones Starring Florrie Stockbridge, Kerrianne Linning and Natasha Jones ‘How do you want to live here? I mean we could come and go and lead separate lives. Or we could really live together. What do you think?’ Aged 18, three women […]

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Spooky tales from North Country Theatre

Richmond-based North Country Theatre will shortly pay their annual visit to Helmsley Arts Centre with this year’s touring production, “Nightmares in Norfolk”, a double dose of terrifying tales, one told tongue in cheek and one… straight down the line! Oh, whistle and I’ll come to you by M. R. James. Adapted by Nobby Dimon The […]

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Northern Broadsides to tour daft comedy about greed

Yorkshire based theatre company Northern Broadsides has announced its autumn touring production. “For Love or Money”, a new adaptation by Blake Morrison of Alain-Rene Lesage’s  savage eighteenth-century comedy Turcaret, is billed as the world premiere of a daft play about greed. It’s the 1920s. In a small Yorkshire town, the wily-widow, Rose, entertains the advances of […]

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Emperor’s New Clothes, outdoor at Museum

More open air theatre, this one at the Ryedale Folk Museum where Illyria present an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, on Friday July 21. The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots. What keeps him sane is the monthly […]

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Shakespeare outdoors at Helmsley Castle, July 7

Helmsley Castle hosts outdoor theatre this Friday 7th July, a Shakespearian comedy performed by ‘The ‘Three Inch Fools’, a musical performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. You are welcome to bring a low -backed chair, cushions a rug or blanket, clothing for a British summer and enjoy a local ice cream. The start time is  7pm. […]

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Ayckbourn play at Helmsley Arts Centre

Helmsley Arts Centre’s resident theatre company, 1812, takes to the stage next week with a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Woman in Mind”. Susan, the central character, is a parson’s wife. While her husband lives for his great work, she ministers to him in daily, humdrum fashion. So her vitality is directed towards a fantasy life, […]

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Henry IV: A Pub Wake at Helmsley Walled Garden

Raise a pint to Henry IV at Bronzehead Theatre’s Pub Wake Bronzehead Theatre invite you to raise a pint to Henry IV, performing both parts of Shakespeare’s history play in a condensed performance. Their take on the play brings the Boar’s Head Tavern to the forefront, in the midst of a raucous pub wake for […]

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York Shakespeare Festival

The York International Shakespeare Festival (YorkShakes) is a major new cultural venture for York and for the North. It emerges from a productive and ambitious partnership between the York Theatre Royal, the University of York and Parrabbola, drawing in many other city, regional, national and international partners. The Festival, which runs in York from Monday […]

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Tenant of Wildfell Hall, a tale of male oppression

A while ago we posted a request from York Theatre Royal, looking for two young boys and a dog for parts in their forthcoming production of “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”.  Well, they succeeded in doing some excellent casting, as you will see if you go to the play. Based on the 1848 novel by […]

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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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