Fri 29 Aug 2014
In order for essential works to be carried out after Wind In the Willows closes, the main building of York Theatre Royal will be closed to the public and all ticketing activity temporarily suspended
Mon 04 Aug 2014
A couple who met at York Theatre Royal in the 1950s celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last week.
Tue 29 Jul 2014
Our Autumn Season opens in just a few months’ time, and with such a jam-packed season of Theatre we wanted to highlight some of the first shows coming up in the next few months. We hope you can join us!
Fri 25 Jul 2014
Find out more about our redevelopment plans
Tue 01 Jul 2014
York Theatre Royal is delighted to receive the news that the organisation has been awarded £2,850,000 towards its £4.1 million Redevelopment Project. In other good news, the Theatre also received confirmation of its continued status as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), meaning that it will receive an annual grant from Arts Council England to support its work over the next three years.
Tue 13 May 2014
Find out more about the free events that we have in the next couple of weeks.
Wed 26 Mar 2014
Mischief Theatre are looking for skilled pooches for a walk on (or carry on) role to appear in their West End Smash Hit Comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, playing at York Theatre Royal from 8 – 12 April 2014.
Wed 12 Mar 2014
From silent films to D-Day Dances we've got some great events coming up in the De Grey Rooms Ballroom.
Mon 03 Mar 2014
More than 100 school children brought a new take on Shakespeare’s Richard III with the help of Britain’s leading theatre company. Responding To Richard aims to encourage young children to enjoy theatre and is a unique approach to Shakespeare. Schools were asked to put their own spin on a particular section of Richard III, based on the students’ own ideas.
Thu 13 Feb 2014
The Press - Brassed Off, York Theatre Royal, February 14 - March 1
Mon 20 Jan 2014
As the Arts continue the fight for funding and attendance figures in some parts of the UK decline, York Theatre Royal is celebrating a cracking Christmas.
Wed 11 Dec 2013
York Theatre Royal and York St John University are in the early stages of delivering an exciting joint project – an International Centre for Arts and Narrative (iCAN) and we are looking for local artists to join us
Mon 09 Dec 2013
Associate Director Juliet Forster triumphs at Writers’ Guild of Great Britain awards
Mon 09 Dec 2013
We have just commissioned two very jolly exciting artists to create some brand new work with and within Pocklington and Easingwold, and to tour to Selby and Helmsley.
Fri 29 Nov 2013
Around 100 guests gathered in the beautiful 19th Century De Grey Ballroom for York Theatre Royal’s Annual Fundraising Dinner.
Thu 14 Nov 2013
We are looking for remarkable companies, directors, writers, designers, makers, amateurs, choreographers, composers or any other sort of artists who can work in a community to create a high impact piece of work on a local, regional and national level.
Tue 12 Nov 2013
The organisers of York Mystery Plays 2012 have spoken of their pride after the epic production picked up the prestigious Tourism Event of the Year Award at last night’s White Rose Awards.
Thu 31 Oct 2013
York Theatre Royal enter into a partnership with benenden health, the UK’s most trusted healthcare provider for the last 3 year’s running. Find out more about their fantastic range of discretionary healthcare services for only £7.80 per person, per month. Plus, receive a great incentive to join.
Mon 28 Oct 2013
This half term, don't miss our Family Art Festival
Thu 17 Oct 2013
Come along to York Brewery this Saturday for an immersive and interactive theatre experience from TakeOver Festival... but beware as things may take a turn towards the more supernatural!
Fri 11 Oct 2013
York Theatre Royal are delighted to announce the appointment of architect and design team, De Matos Ryan, who will work on the Capital re-development project that will see the theatre’s public spaces transformed during 2015.
Mon 23 Sep 2013
HUNDREDS of residents joined in a free festival in Selby, with live music and performances taking place at unusual venues around the town.
Mon 16 Sep 2013
York Theatre Royal are delighted to have been included in the shortlist for the My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award in Association with Classic FM.
Tue 10 Sep 2013
On Wednesday 11 September the phone system at York Theatre Royal is being repaired and we would like to advise you that we may be without voice communication for an hour or so.
Mon 09 Sep 2013
York Theatre Royal are looking for an inventive and hard working Communications Manager to join the communications team
Wed 04 Sep 2013
Information about the upgrade of our email server and disruption to York Theatre Royal email services
Fri 30 Aug 2013
uliet expresses her belief that all the characters are passionate about particular things in life, and that owing to the genre of farce, the audience should not fully sympathise with any of them. By being slightly removed / distanced from these characters, the audience are encouraged to find the misfortunes that these people experience funny, rather than distressing.
Fri 30 Aug 2013
Please note: the theatre and Cafe Bar will be closed all day on Monday and Tuesday next week (2-3 Sep). The Cafe Bar will re-open at 9am Wednesday 4 Sep.
Wed 28 Aug 2013
Our fantastic project, On Our Turf, is featured in The Yorkshire Post today previewing the festivals that kick off in September in Yorkshire Market Towns.
Tue 27 Aug 2013
From Aug 2013 to Feb 2014 Lendal Bridge will be closed to traffic between 10:30am - 5pm. Pedestrian access is unaffected, and buses and taxis are exempt.
Fri 23 Aug 2013
Please note during the final week of performances there will be no show on Wednesday evening (28 August)
Mon 19 Aug 2013
Free Arts festivals will be taking place in Easingwold, Pocklington, Selby and Helmsley across September weekends as part of On Our Turf, an Arts Council funded project, led by York Theatre Royal.
Tue 06 Aug 2013
York Theatre Royal is pleased to announce that Princess Beatrice has agreed to become Patron.
Fri 19 Jul 2013
Our Associate Artist Alex Wright tells us about an exciting new project called 'On Our Turf' which is about to roll into action. And we need people! We need artists, community groups and volunteers to come and be a key part in this special project. This is a fantastic opportunity to do something new, inspiring and different.
Mon 15 Jul 2013
York Theatre Royal is opening its doors to a new audience – local businesses. We want to showcase all that we have to offer to the business community over drinks and canapés in the beautiful 19th century De Grey Cocktail Bar and Ballroom.
Wed 03 Jul 2013
York Theatre Royal's new brochure, running until March 2014, is now available to pick up from the Theatre, as well as from many other places around the region.
Fri 28 Jun 2013
Shakespeare's Globe opens UK Tour in York and King Arthur rehearsals underway
Fri 21 Jun 2013
The Dianne Willcocks Future Fund was launched at an Italian wine tasting event held in De Grey Ballroom. The fund will be used to help us to increase access to the Theatre for the wider community.
Thu 06 Jun 2013
Shakespeare’s Globe opens The Wars of the Roses at York Theatre Royal
Fri 24 May 2013
Places are still available for our May workshop Shadow Stories and for Play In a Day - The Myths of Mother Shipton. Young people have the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners, learn theatre skills, make friends and have fun!
Fri 10 May 2013
York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director, Damian Cruden, has been voted York Tourism Ambassador at the 2013 Visit York Awards.
Thu 02 May 2013
Our ticketing hosting has moved to https://tickets.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Fri 26 Apr 2013
It is with regret that we announce that from May 13th 2013 a transaction fee will be charged to all ticket purchases. This is a one off payment per transaction and does not apply to each ticket. Please read the article or our terms and conditions for more information.
Fri 19 Apr 2013
York Theatre Royal supports My Theatre Matters the campaign to raise public's voices and let you tell the government how you feel about local theatre.
Fri 12 Apr 2013
Usher Rita Ridgeon reaches a landmark with her 40th year as a member of our staff.
Thu 11 Apr 2013
We are immensely proud to announce that Rodney Hardcastle as our new Chairperson at York Theatre Royal
Tue 26 Mar 2013
York Theatre Royal is looking to recruit 25 enthusiastic people to become part of an interactive forum to explore how the theatre works with older people and senior citizens.
Sun 24 Mar 2013
Our Artistic Director Damian Cruden recently directed 'Tomorrow' by Donald Freed in LA, read a review and find out more.
Thu 14 Mar 2013
A youthful team, aged between 11 and 25, will create and run their own theatre festival, designed to entice in new audiences of their own age group. Their work will be mentored by staff from the theatre.
Thu 07 Mar 2013
THE last time Ruby Clarke was involved in the TakeOver Festival, in which young people programme and run York Theatre Royal for a season, she helped decorate the foyer, stage managed one of the shows and “just really got involved wherever they needed help”. This time, for TakeOver 2013, she’s in charge as artistic director.
Mon 25 Feb 2013
Dedicated Panto fans from York and beyond get set for another year of ‘annual rubbish’, as tickets go on sale for Aladdin and the Twankeys, for purchase in person at the York Theatre Royal Box Office on Fri 1 Mar, 9am. Running from 12 Dec 2013 – Sat 1 Feb 2014.
Fri 15 Feb 2013
On Our Turf is a brand new initiative to take Arts based activities across North Yorkshire. It is based around engaging new audiences, new participants, new artists and new communities.
Mon 04 Feb 2013
The next York Theatre Royal panto has been announced.
Mon 28 Jan 2013
Barlow adapted Hitchcock's 1945 thriller for the stage. It has since won an Olivier and been awarded Best New Comedy. Interview by Mark Fisher
Fri 25 Jan 2013
Hannah Brown shares her experience of York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre.
Tue 22 Jan 2013
Alongside Riding Lights Theatre Compay Youth Theatre members explore the past experiences of Jewish families escaping persecution and fleeing to York.
Tue 22 Jan 2013
York Theatre Royal has secured financial support from the Arts Council for a complete rejuvenation of the theatre. York Theatre Royal is able to announce today that it has successfully got through the Stage One application process of the Arts Council’s large scale capital grants. It will receive financial support to enable it to develop the project in more detail and secure a grant of £2.9 million from the Arts Council Capital Lottery Fund.
Mon 21 Jan 2013
York Theatre Royal will play host to guided backstage tours of the theatre on the afternoon of January 27 as part of the York Residents Festival.
Wed 16 Jan 2013
York Theatre Royal has teamed up with Clumber Park Hotel & Spa to offer customers a fantastic “Robin Hood Experience Break” in Sherwood Forest for a special Half-Term Family Break.
Mon 14 Jan 2013
Ever seen a show at York Theatre Royal and wondered what goes on behind the curtain? York Theatre Royal invites you to guided tours of the theatre on Sun 27 Jan, every half hour between 12 and 4pm.
Mon 07 Jan 2013
Against a backdrop of continuing cuts in arts funding nationally, York Theatre Royal artistic director Damian Cruden vows to keep raising standards at York Theatre Royal.
Sat 29 Dec 2012
York’s famous De Grey Rooms ballroom will host a unique event on New Year’s Day and the opportunity for fans of Northern Soul and Tamla Motown music from the 1960s and 1970s to dust off those polished leather soled shoes and dance non- stop from 2pm until midnight, with the knowledge all profits will be going to charity.
Mon 24 Dec 2012
The beautiful De Grey Rooms have won the People's Choice York Design Awards.
Thu 20 Dec 2012
As BBC Four traces the history of the pantomime dame, Berwick Kaler, Britain’s longest-serving dame, discusses with Ben Bryant this quintessentially British alter-ego.
Tue 11 Dec 2012
York Theatre Royal’s exciting new season has taken its inspiration from God’s Own County itself; Yorkshire. From the Wars of the Roses to the wartime bombing in York, from Yorkshire born writers to exciting new theatre companies who have been formed and nurtured here, with over 50 different productions 2013 is the year to celebrate England’s largest county.
Tue 16 Oct 2012
Martha Graham, the American modern dancer and choreographer, once said that “theatre is a verb before it is a noun, an act before it is place” and she is unquestionably right.
Mon 24 Sep 2012
Due to the extraordinary demand for places on this terms adult acting classes, we've opened a special Friday class for those who'd like to come along to a specific subject or on a more week by week basis. So if you are 18+ and fancy enhancing your skills in a relaxed atmosphere then join us for the beginning of the new term this Friday 28th September.
Thu 23 Aug 2012
City of York Council and York-based film company Parashoots are looking for 2 female actors for a specially commissioned short film.
Tue 21 Aug 2012
One of the shows produced as part of the Play in a Week youth sessions is going to the Galtres Festival this weekend.
Fri 27 Jul 2012
A new season of exciting and different work is now on sale at York Theatre Royal.
Wed 25 Jul 2012
My Shoes...thoughts and musings after the show
Tue 17 Jul 2012
York Theatre Royal Young Actors Company presents a new production at the Yorkshire Museum - and it's free!
Fri 01 Jun 2012
Applications for TakeOver 2013 are now open! Forms and Job Descriptions on the YTR website. Closing date 1st July.
Tue 22 May 2012
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Thu 17 May 2012
The Arts Council have today announced that York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre are two of 173 organisations who have been successful in their bid for Catalyst funds. Catalyst is a capacity building and match funding scheme which will enable arts organisations to build their fundraising capacity.
Tue 15 May 2012
This May York Theatre Royal Young Actors Company (YAC) is holding auditions for their latest production, a commissioned piece for The Yorkshire Museum.
Thu 19 Apr 2012
There is an exciting opportunity for young people to be involved in a one-off project at York Theatre Royal as part of our Playhouse project.
Wed 11 Apr 2012
You may know that York Theatre Royal runs one of the largest Youth Theatre programmes in the country, however you may not know that we also run classes for adults as well.
Fri 09 Mar 2012
York Theatre Royal supports Access for All, and are committed to making our performances as accessible as possible. Audio Describer, Ted Kendall, outlines the what it means to provide this essential service to the theatre community.
Thu 23 Feb 2012
Tickets for this years brand new pantomime, Robin Hood and his Merry Mam!, go on sale at 9 am Thu 1 March. Tickets are only available in person at the box office on Thu 1 March. The queues start very early (with some people camping out over night to make sure they get their favourite seats), so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available over the phone and online from 10 am on Fri 2 Mar.
Wed 15 Feb 2012
What do you think of the weekly email? Do you find it interesting? Is it too long? Too short? Too purple? Tell us!
Wed 18 Jan 2012
The TakeOver artistic team will be producing Shakespeare's 'As You like It' at this year's festival, which returns for the 4th year this May.
Fri 25 Nov 2011
York Theatre Royal regrets to announce that the sold-out performance of Doubt in the Studio on Sat 3 Dec, has had to be rescheduled for Mon 16 Apr 2012
Tue 22 Nov 2011
York Theatre Royal Young Actors Company (YAC) is holding auditions for their latest production of 'How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found' by Fin Kennedy. The production will take place in the Studio 21st – 24th March.
Thu 17 Nov 2011
Angela Breffit and her husband took up our challenge and booked to see every show in our Ensemble Season. She wins a pair of tickets to a York Theatre Royal production. Angela was also so kind as to provide reviews of all the shows she saw in the season.
Wed 14 Sep 2011
YTR talk to Joe Williams, who plays Jarvis in our upcoming production of Alan Bennets 'Forty Years On'
Wed 14 Sep 2011
YTR talk to Henry Raby, who plays Crabtree in our upcoming production of Alan Bennets 'Forty Years On'
Wed 14 Sep 2011
YTR talk to John Askew, who plays Wrigglesworth in our upcoming production of Alan Bennets 'Forty Years On'
Wed 14 Sep 2011
YTR talk to Nik Fenwick, who plays Lord in our upcoming production of Alan Bennets 'Forty Years On'
Wed 14 Sep 2011
YTR talk to Tom Jackson, who plays Charteris in our upcoming production of Alan Bennets 'Forty Years On'
Wed 14 Sep 2011
YTR talk to Matthew Williams, who plays Rumbold in our upcoming production of Alan Bennets 'Forty Years On'
Tue 13 Sep 2011
The lights are positioned and focused, the paints dried, the grass is laid and the satellite dish is up…meaning we are raring to go! There are lots of little limbo states during production week, periods where you’re waiting for the next event to happen. I’m currently limbo-ing before the company arrives at 4.30 for our tech part 1, which we continue tomorrow at 10. The tech for those not ‘in the know’ is the setting of the technical elements, principally the lights and sound into the piece more formulaically, getting the levels right and the length of the transitions from state to state.
Wed 07 Sep 2011
YTR talk to Phil Grainger, who plays Tredgold in our upcoming production of Alan Bennets 'Forty Years On'
Thu 25 Aug 2011
We are one scene away from completing the play, that sounds very grand and final but it means we are just one scene away from having gone through every scene in the play. Perhaps nothing to shout about after 4 weeks of a 6 week rehearsal period, but it’s a significant marker nevertheless.
Wed 17 Aug 2011
I had intended to update the blog last week, in response to the terrible scenes we saw in Londonand subsequent other cities. I had in mind a title something like ‘The positive side of youth’, although hopefully I would have thought up something a little pithier than that.
Mon 01 Aug 2011
First day of rehearsals completed, which to be honest is always a bit of a relief. A director feels the trepidation at least as equally as the actors.
Tue 12 Jul 2011
We have finally completed the casting for the Young Actors Company’s production of Little Angels.