• Building a Theatre for the future

  • Thu 18 Sep 2014 - Sat 04 Oct 2014
  • Tue 23 Sep 2014 - Sat 27 Sep 2014
  • Fri 03 Oct 2014 - Sat 18 Oct 2014
  • Thu 09 Oct 2014 - Sat 25 Oct 2014
  • Tue 21 Oct 2014 - Sat 25 Oct 2014
  • Mon 27 Oct 2014 - Sat 01 Nov 2014
  • Mon 10 Nov 2014 - Sat 15 Nov 2014
  • The Woman In Black

    Mon 17 Nov 2014 - Sat 22 Nov 2014
  • She Stoops to Conquer

    Tue 25 Nov 2014 - Sat 29 Nov 2014
  • Thu 11 Dec 2014 - Sat 31 Jan 2015
  • Puss In Boots

    Wed 10 Dec 2014 - Sat 03 Jan 2015
  • Fri 13 Feb 2015 - Sat 28 Feb 2015
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Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm (6pm on non-performance evenings)


curriculum based workshops

York Theatre Royal offers round the year curriculum based workshops that are available in school and at the theatre. Download our Experience brochure below to see some of the opportunities available. If you can’t see what you are looking for, please contact us as bespoke projects are usually possible.


Workshops around productions

York Theatre Royal offers additional education resources around selected York Theatre Royal productions, which we have packaged as:-

‘Go and See’ resources, which give an insight into the making of a York Theatre Royal show, available on our website. This will include short interviews with the design and production team, tracing the connections from conception through to production to give students a clear idea of the evolution of the production.

‘Come and explore’ resources include ‘Go and See’ as well as education packs and workshop offers to aid your students understanding and engagement with the approach to the play and its themes. If you’re planning on visiting us please do get in touch to see if we can offer you an additional insight into the production, such as post-show talks.


Practical workshops for schools and young people (14-21) can be booked in advance with Headlong. These could be about exploring the ideas behind 1984, more generally about the process of making theatre, playwriting workshops, and a careers in the theatre event. These will be tailored to the school and year group or the age range and interests of the youth group and will include some of the rehearsal exercises and processes that were used in creating the show. There will be a fee for this service to cover costs. Contactdebbie@headlong.co.uk 



By Harold Pinter

‘Go and See’ resources

‘Come and explore’: Workshop: The pregnant pause…an exploration of the style and content of Pinter’s work. Using Betrayal as our source text we will scrutinise Pinter’s use of pause, explore subtext and engage with the importance of building back story.


The Restoration of Nell Gywnn

By Steve Trafford

‘Go and See’ resources



By Roy Williams (A Pilot Theatre production)

Rehearsal days (Drama and Theatre Studies GCSE and A Level) 

Exploring Antigone – A bespoke workshop to fit your students’ learning needs at either Key Stage 4 or 5 in English or Drama
A free, downloadable education pack is available online at www.pilot-theatre.com/antigone
To book workshops please e-mail education@pilot-theatre.com  or phone 01904 635755


Helver’s Night

By Imgmar Vilqist

‘Go and See’ resources.


A View from the Bridge

By Arthur Miller

‘Go and See’ resources
‘Come and Explore’: Education pack and pre or post show workshop: Workshops can be tailored to your specifications but can include; exploring themes of Neighbourhood, connections to Greek Tragedy and the key relationships in the story.
Page to Stage – session led by the director with actors on stage exploring the decisions and choices made during the production process. Feb 26th, 12 – 1pm. £2 per pupil, bookable via box office.
Open rehearsal – if you’d like to visit a rehearsal, there are slots available in the afternoons from Jan 27 – 30th. 

For more information, or to book workshops email schools@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk  


York Theatre Royal ReAct schools festival

York Theatre Royal hosted a festival of narrative around our production of Shakespeare's Richard III. The ReAct festival took place over one day on our Main House stage on November 25th with each of the four participating schools having the opportunity to perform a 30 minute piece. Using the story as a starting point groups made interpretive choices of how they used the play in creating their piece. This could mean; using the play's themes as a starting point to devise from, telling the story from Richard's point of view or it could be working from an abridged version of the play itself.

The festival was open to whichever age group and with any sized group (as long as they will fit on our stage!) If you would like any further information about taking part in the festival in future years contact Julian Ollive on 01904 658162 or emailschools@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Participating schools in 2013 were: Huntington School, The Joseph Rowntree School and York High School. 


The Royal Shakespeare Company - Learning Performance Network

York Theatre Royal and York High School are working together as part of the RSC's Learning Performance Network. This is a three year partnership of working together to bring about a significant change in the way that young people experience, engage with, and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare.

The LPN offers teachers in depth training in active approaches to Shakespeare, postgraduate action research and offers performance opportunities to young people and further school-initiated projects.York High as the 'hub' school, will work with up to seven 'cluster' schools from their locality to share training and produce a Shakespeare performance festival at York Theatre Royal.  

The LPN represents the RSC's Stand up for Shakespeare manifesto in action, with its call for children and young people to:

Do Shakespeare on your feet
See it live
Start it earlier

The six cluster schools are: Poppleton Road, St.Barnabas, Woodthorpe, Westfield, Acomb and Applefields.

On February 27th our Hub and Cluster schools performed in our Learning and Performance network regional Shakespeare festival Responding to Richard. Each school took a section opr theme from Richard III from which they created a piece of theatre, which responded to that section of the narrative. Taking practical ensemble approaches to their pieces they created fascinating insights into how our young people respond and reflect upon this story.

All schools will come back together on March 16th 2015 to perform in a larger festival which will be a culmination of the three-year project.  

Click here to view photos from the festival.