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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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Up coming events at York Waterstones

Lots of exciting events taking place in October at Waterstones bookshop in Coney Street, York. Here’s a sample. October 2: Crime writer Liz Mistry launches her third novel October 4: afternoon tea at Betty’s with York’s favourite author, Kate Atkinson October 9: biographer Claire Tomlin turns the spotlight on her own life October 14: another […]

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York Guildhall Orchestra concert, October 14

From the York Guildhall Orchestra: Having ended our last season on a high with a ‘Proms Extravaganza’ we shall begin our new season on October 14th in similar mood with the fizzing Carnaval Romain Overture by Berlioz. The famous, Faure Pavane will follow and the first half will culminate with a performance of Bartok’s 3rd […]

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The art of building small: Molecular switches and motors

One for the seriously minded scientists among us. Nobel Prize winning chemist, Professor Ben Feringa is giving a talk entitled “The art of building small: Molecular switches and motors“, which will uncover the research of his multinational team of chemists, physicists and biologists on molecular switches and motors and the endless possibilities of building new […]

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New exhibition showcases famous Georgians of York

Pioneering ideas, great inventions, ground-breaking discoveries, objects of beauty, innovation, artistry and craftsmanship and the people behind their creation… These products of York’s age of Enlightenment are as rich as their impact is far- reaching. A new exhibition has opened at Fairfax House celebrating the ingenuity, inventiveness and creativity of this enlightened Georgian city and sees […]

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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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York Guildhall Orchestra concert, May 13

From the York  Guildhall Orchestra: In our final concert of the season, we shall present a ‘Proms’ style event with lots of the kind of music one would expect, including the Fantasia on British Sea Songs arranged by Sir Henry Wood, Pomp and Circumstance, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.  The first half will be a little […]

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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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Two classical concerts this weekend

This weekend you have a rare choice of two orchestral concerts, although both involve a bit of travelling: let’s hope the threat of snow doesn’t materialise. In Scarborough, the Symphony Orchestra will offer a programme entitled “A Youthful Outlook”, comprising: HAYDN – Symphony No.104, London DAVID HEATH – The Celtic Concerto:  Jess Gillam saxophone (Finalist, […]

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Railway art in York

From the North Yorkshire Moors Railway: On show in the heart of York city, the railway has marked the start of its 2017 season with an artistic masterpiece. The incredible 3m by 4m vinyl art work can be seen in all its glory outside York Art Gallery in Exhibition Square and is creating a real […]

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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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York St Nicholas Fair

Christmas markets coming thick and fast now: here’s another big one, the York St Nicholas Fair. Soak up the atmosphere and aromas of warming mulled wine whilst you enjoy York’s ultimate Christmas experience. Traditional chalets shine out from their positions along Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and The Judge’s Lodging, where Small Business Christmas will […]

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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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WEA coach trip to “Turandot” in York

 “Turandot”, the spectacular Puccini opera set in imperial China, is on stage at York Theare Royal in November with York Opera. If you fancy seeing it, without struggling to York in wintry weather, why not take advantage of a coach trip organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA? The trip is scheduled for Saturday […]

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Astronaut Tim Peake to speak in York

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake has inspired adults and children alike with his recent mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This is your chance to hear about his experiences first hand. From launch to landing, discover what it’s like to live and work aboard the ISS. Tim Peake is the first British ESA Astronaut. […]

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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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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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This week’s good cause (47/52): Yorvik Viking Centre

JORVIK Viking Centre was one of the many homes and businesses in York that suffered substantial flood damage in December 2015. The centre remains closed and aims to re-open by spring 2017. The visitor attraction, owned by York Archaeological Trust is located in a basement below the Coppergate Shopping Centre. The flooding caused parts of […]

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York Festival of Ideas

The sixth York Festival of Ideas takes place from June 7 to 19, with talks, exhibitions, theatre, music and film. Here’s an introduction from Festival Director Joan Concannon: Welcome to another packed programme as York Festival of Ideas prepares to educate, entertain and inspire for a sixth year. In a short space of time, the […]

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Historical novelist Alison Weir introduces new book in York

Alison Weir, one of the UK’s best-selling historical novelists will be speaking in York on May 18, and introducing “Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen”, the first in a spellbinding six-novel series about Henry VIII’s Queens. Informed by extensive research and new theories, the novel, which will be published tomorrow, takes you on an engrossing […]

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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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Ryedale Festival prequel in York

The Ryedale Festival introduces its 2016 season to York audiences with a Double Concert in York’s two great medieval halls, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, and Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Aldwark. Two short contrasting concerts are performed twice; the audiences will change places either side of the interval. In the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the Heath Quartet evoke […]

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York Guildhall Orchestra concert

York Guildhall Orchestra gives the final concert of its 2015-16 season next month. The programme comprises:     Rossini – Overture to La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder)  Bizet – Carmen Suite Haydn – Concerto for Trumpet in Eb, soloist: Alison Balsom Bach (orchestrated by Stokowski) – Toccata and Fugue in D minor Mussorgsky (orchestrated by […]

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Book signings at York Waterstones

Two quite different book-signing events are coming up at the York branch of Waterstones next month. If the name Marcus Didius Falco means anything to you, you will expect author Lindsey Davis, whose twenty novels featuring the laid-back Roman ‘informer’ who investigates crimes and acts as an often reluctant imperial agent, have given her a […]

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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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Talk on the origins of York

The winter series of talks on offer from the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues in March with Dr Mark Whyman of the University of York Department of Archaeology on “The Origins of York“. Wikipedia tells us boldly that “the city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD”, but it seems there […]

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