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York Theatre Royal Open Day

York Theatre Royal Open Day

The oldest continuously running theatre outside of London will be shutting on Tuesday 17 March ahead of a major re-development which is expected to take eight months. York Theatre Royal first announced plans for its £4.1 million re-development in July 2014 and now it’s time for the building work to start people are being invited to come and explore the theatre on Sunday 15  March.

The last performance to take place in the theatre will be a York Theatre Royal and Royal Shakespeare Company Production of The Head that Wears a Crown, in collaboration with 7 schools in the city on Monday 16 March. Prior to that, the Open Day will allow people access backstage, as well as featuring a variety of activities for all age ranges.

The Open Day starts at 11.00am and runs until 4.00pm. Self – guided tours will be available all day, allowing people the opportunity to see parts of the theatre usually kept hidden from the audience. The theatre’s De Grey Rooms Ballroom will also be open, with tables dressed for a wedding so prospective bride and grooms can see how their big day would look in the venue, along with caterers supplying tasters. The ballroom, which hosts the Summer Masked Ball on Saturday 6 June , will also feature two free dance classes with a professional dance teacher.

As it is Mothering Sunday there will be the chance for children to come along and dress up on stage to make mum laugh and children will leave with a treat too if they take part in the Tate Wilkinson Sweetie Trail. The York Theatre Royal café, which moves to the De Grey Rooms Cocktail Bar on 1 April will also be open serving a delicious range of food, cakes and drinks.

A particular highlight for the day will be the free talks on offer. Kaeli Wishart, Visitor Services Manager at York Theatre Royal will be giving a talk on the history of the building along with talks from York Archaeological Trust which will give an overview of the archaeology of York Theatre Royal and what they hope to find under the stage. Ian Small, a member of the 1744 Club, will then give a talk on the theatre’s legendary manager Tate Wilkinson and his place in Yorkshire’s theatre history. All talks will take place in the theatre’s historical Keregan Room, a 12th century crypt which still features the original pillars.

Kaeli Wishart, Visitor Services Manager at the theatre and a trained archaeologist said

York Theatre Royal is unique in that it has managed to maintain so many interesting and historical features as part of its interior. There are so many interesting stories about the theatre and you don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy them. I hope people will come along to support the theatre before it closes and take advantage of all that is on offer on Sunday.

All activity is free, with usual prices at the café. Booking is required for the free talks but people can just turn up for all other activity. For more information visit yorktheatreroyal.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01904 623568.