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WE ARE BACK! York Theatre Royal reopened in April 2016 following a £6 million redevelopment.

Our 270-year-old theatre opened with the world stage premiere of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel Brideshead Revisited, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Damian Cruden, and has since staged a variety of touring and in-house productions including a brand new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles.

This latest redevelopment has increased access and flexibility to create a building fit for a 21st-century audience. It is the first significant change to the building since Patrick Gwynne’s ground-breaking poured concrete and glass extension was added to in 1967. 

The project has improved access throughout the building, added a spacious open plan foyer and doubled the café area. The gothic colonnade has been enclosed by glass, creating a warm and inviting entrance. The extended foyer has been reimagined to reflect the ways the community and wider audience use the space. New seating areas have been incorporated into the layout with a new café and bistro offering freshly-made deli snacks and main meals with ingredients from the best of local Yorkshire suppliers. Polished terrazzo flooring in grey and white reflects the outlines of the medieval foundations remaining below, bringing the history of the building into the modern space.  

The main stage has been reconstructed in a modular form, allowing the stage to be adapted or removed entirely, offering a flexibility that is rarely seen in such an historic theatre. The new layout enables traps and level changes to be provided with ease adding to the versatility of productions and making the theatre more suitable for touring productions and dance companies. Sightlines have dramatically improved with a new rake to the Stalls enhancing the intimacy of the auditorium and the Dress Circle and Gallery have received new seating and raking to maximise capacity and improve comfort and sightlines.  

Every stage of the redevelopment has been carefully designed to harmonise with the Grade II* listed building and its beautiful patchwork of architectural styles. New and improved access to the Studio and main auditorium has been made possible by the installation of a lift concealed behind a 1967 slate wall, allowing wheelchair spaces in both the Stalls and Dress Circle. Improvements to the flooring and toilet facilities enable both audience members and staff to use the building comfortably and independently, and additional toilets have been added to cope with the increasing number of visitors.  

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, City of York Council and York Conservation Trust with generous grants and donations from local and national trusts and foundations, corporate and individual supporters. A further £215,000 has been raised through a public fundraising campaign.

See below for the photos of work on the site.

Photo credits: Sirastudio, John Saunders, Roger Keech Productions Ltd

  • 1967 Skylights credit Simon Keats Photography
  • Colonnade & Foyer credit John Saunders
  • The Auditorium credit Sirastudio
  • The Colonnade Cafe credit John Saunders
  • The Colonnade Foyer credit Sirastudio
  • Theatre Bar credit Sirastudio
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