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Box Office Opening Times:

Mon 10am to 5pm
TueSat 10am–8pm**
Sun Closed
*Open until 8pm on show days
**Open until 6pm on non-show days

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Mon 10am–5pm*
TueSat 10am–11pm**
Sun Closed
*Open until 7.30pm on show days
**Open until 6pm on non-show days




Playhouse is a national collaboration between Theatre Royal Plymouth, Polka Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic and York Theatre Royal.  The five theatres work together to commission professional playwrights each year to write short plays specifically for large casts of young people aged 8 to 11 years to perform. There will be five festivals performing the new plays across the UK. Previous writer’s include Julia Donaldson, Mike Kenny, David Wood and Philip Ridley.

Each theatre works with schools in their city and supports the development of the teacher as a director. The project is launched with representatives from all schools coming together for a two day retreat with the writers. Following the retreat, the teachers then return to school to rehearse the play with professional development opportunities throughout and the class perform their play in our Studio theatre in July.

Comments from past Playhouse teachers:

“Impacts on future productions in schools, gives teachers a working model to use in own productions, shows children the magic of theatre”

“Amazing experience! Final result is an enormous pride in what the children have achieved along with an increased confidence in own ability to run a production”

“Unique opportunity to meet the playwright and find out what their motivation and references for writing the piece were. What they see in their minds eye for the production. You put your own spin on it but it provides a starting point”


We will be begin recruiting schools this Autumn for our Playhouse 2019 Festival, if you would like more details please contact Julian Ollive on 01904 658162, or education@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk