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Event Details

Venue: Main House

Date: Wed 24 Jul - Sat 31 Aug

Time: 2:30pm & 7pm

Produced by: York Theatre Royal

Written by: Mike Kenny

Directed by: Damian Cruden

Designed by: Catherine Chapman

Lighting: Richard G Jones

Musical Director / Composer: Oliver Birch

Fight Director: Liam Evans-Ford

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Review: King Arthur - The Guardian

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Written by Alfred Hickling

This family-friendly adventure begins with a pre-show quest in which audience members are invited backstage to explore a chivalric world created in the dark recesses usually inhabited only by technicians and stage managers.

Review: King Arthur - Whats Good To Do

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Written by Erica Bourn

I hope you are ready good people of York, for Camelot is here!

Review: King Arthur - York Mix

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Written by Philippa Morris

There are lots of boxes 11-year-old Sam and I wanted to have ticked though – magic, sword fighting and knights, romance and excitement. This production did not disappoint.

Review: King Arthur - The Independent

Thu 29 Aug 2013

Written by Jonathan Brown

The entire building – including the stage – is transformed into a quest cum treasure hunt area in which families (with a little bit of help from the friendly staff) can search for clues to solve a riddle which comes in handy at the end of the play.

Review: King Arthur - The Press

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Written by Charles Hutchinson

However, the play still has to be the big draw here, no matter what the “Experience” around it is, and Mike Kenny’s quest is to continue his run of summer successes after The Railway Children, The Wind In The Willows and the York Mystery Plays.

Review: King Arthur - Local Link

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Written by Nicolette Haresigm

the transformation of York Theatre Royal into Camelot is nothing short of phenomenal - it really is a must see.

Review: King Arthur - One & Other

Wed 31 Jul 2013

Written by Alice Mapplebeck

A fun and exciting masterpiece for all the family, this is York’s ultimate summer show and should not be missed.

Review: King Arthur - The Stage

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Written by Will Ramsey

The production’s message of finding your courage and sticking to it - played out through Arthur’s transformation - is enough to inspire anyone to chivalry.

Review: King Arthur - Northern Echo

Mon 29 Jul 2013

Written by Steve Pratt

Kenny is a master at this kind of entertainment

Review: King Arthur - Pocklington Post & Beverley Guardian

Tue 30 Jul 2013

Written by Julia Pattison

In these times of recession, it is most refreshing that families are being encouraged to spend the day at a completely transformed York Theatre Royal for no charge whatsoever. A Legend of Arthur Experience has been lovingly created; the patio has been turned into a jousting Tilt Yard with fun activities including stocks and sponges, Birds of Prey during the day and large games, and areas of the theatre normally out of bounds have been opened up to explore and enjoy ( such as The Lake and The Dungeon ). Hats off to designer Catherine Chapman for her magical transformation of the theatre.

Review: King Arthur - Dig Yorkshire

Fri 02 Aug 2013

Written by Natalie Kershaw

There are so many twists and turns in this fantastically interactive adaptation and the knighting ceremony for the little knights is simply to die for! Highly recommended.

Review: King Arthur - Yorkshire Post

Thu 29 Aug 2013

Written by Catherine Scott

"This is so much more than just a play."

Review: King Arthur - Little Vikings

Thu 08 Aug 2013

Written by Polly Bennett

Calling all young knights and damsels of York: get thee to Camelot without delay.

Review: King Arthur - whatsonstage

Tue 13 Aug 2013

Written by Daniel Meyers

an immersive experience which, at its best, is captivating, chaotic and a lot of fun.

Review: King Arthur - Reviews Gate

Wed 14 Aug 2013

Written by Timothy Ramsden

Avoiding Heroes, boy becomes hero in satisfyingly complex and enjoyable adventure.

The Legend of King Arthur

The Legend of King Arthur

The Legend of King Arthur


Another inventive and spectacular Summer show from the York Theatre Royal team who brought you the hugely successful The Railway Children, The Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan. The Arthurian legends are brought to life with live music, stunning sword fights and magical sorcery.

In this fantastic family show discover how Arthur was given his powerful sword, Excalibur, by the Lady of the Lake. Meet Merlin the Wizard, Arthur's trusted teacher and friend. Learn of the love between brave Lancelot and Queen Gwenevere and of the battle which would bring an end to the treasured realm of Camelot.

Make a day of it in Camelot this summer. Learn to become a Knight at Knight school, become a master of Heraldry, have a go at Jousting and eat at the Round Table. But watch out for the Dragon!


Free Activities To Enjoy Throughout The Day

All day free, fun activities will include; Jousting to hit a target, stocks with sponges, games and stories. Birds of Prey will be available to handle on the theatre patio during the summer.


The Quest

A chance to take part in a free treasure hunt that will allow you to explore secret backstage areas, meet the Lady of the Lake and discover the phrase that will help Arthur face his destiny. Look out for the Dragon as you explore

The Quest will open before each performance at 12:30pm & 5:45pm. Free to ticket holders.

The Quest is kindly sponsored by York St John University.


Knight School

Have you got what it takes to become a knight of Camelot?  Come and test your skills, wits and agility at knight school.  Complete King Arthur’s challenges to earn a place at his round table.  In this one hour workshop you’ll learn about the knights of Camelot, play games, meet new people and have lots of fun.  Oh, and you might get knighted too...

Ages: 7 - 11
Times: Tuesdays - Saturdays during the run of The Legend of King Arthur, 12 noon - 1pm each day.
Cost: £5
Meeting Place: Main foyer

Please book your place through the Box Office. Bookable on the day if spaces are available. Book online here


Heraldry Workshop

Create your very own coat of arms!  Come to Arthur’s armoury and discover the secrets behind the symbols.  Find out about the pictures that illustrate your family name, or invent your own, and make a stunning shield to take away with you at the end. 

Ages: Suitable for all the family.
Times: Tuesdays - Saturdays during the run of The Legend of King Arthur. The Armoury is open 11:30am - 1:30pm and 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Drop in any time (we recommend giving yourself at least 30mins)
Cost: £4
Meeting place: Keregan Room, follow signs to the Armoury from the main foyer
Book online here

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Camelot is open and The Legend of King Arthur begins

Fri 26 Jul 2013

Camelot is open and the theatre has been buzzing all day long every day with families and visitors enjoying the onstage/backstage Quest, jousting, birds of prey, Knight School, Heraldry Workshops, the ever-growing Dragon, wet sponges in the stocks, delicious hampers and a barbecue plus lots more fun and storytelling ...

Theatre is transformed into Camelot

Fri 19 Jul 2013

For the past week staff have been busy transforming the theatre into Camelot ready for the world premiere of our summer blockbuster – The Legend of King Arthur – which opens next Wednesday 24 July and runs throughout the summer holidays until 31 August.

The Legend of King Arthur hits York Streets

Thu 06 Jun 2013

Look out for Arthurian legends and horses in York at lunch-time on Friday 7 June!

Project Q

Mon 13 May 2013

Project Q at York Theatre Royal is a pilot of a new accessible drama session for young people aged 9-11 with learning disabilities and their carer.

16-18 years Auditions for The Legend of King Arthur

Thu 09 May 2013

We are delighted to invite all young people aged 16-18 years to audition on 18 May for our forthcoming summer family show, The Legend of King Arthur.



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The launch of The Legend of King Arthur

The launch of The Legend of King Arthur

Cinematic Trailer

Cinematic Trailer

King Arthur Show Trailer

King Arthur Show Trailer

Launch event

Launch event

Production Shots from our family summer show. Photo courtesy of Robert Day

Production Shots from our family summer show. Photo courtesy of Robert Day

Enjoy our Arthurian games before the show. Photo courtesy of Robert Day

Enjoy our Arthurian games before the show. Photo courtesy of Robert Day

Meet Young Arthur and Young Morgana

Meet Young Arthur and Young Morgana