Our Story


275 Years of Theatre

The building, which is owned by the York Conservation Trust, contains architecture from the Medieval, Georgian and Victorian periods, as well as a landmark modernist foyer. As one of the oldest theatres in UK, York Theatre Royal has a rich, interesting history which all began in 1744…


The first theatre in York

On 1st October 1734, Thomas Keregan established York’s first permanent theatre – a tennis court conversion in the Minster Yard.


Changing times and fortunes

Between 1803 and 1864 the theatre had 26 managers  – the shortest duration being one week!


The 'talkies' and a starring role for little known actor, Berwick Kaler

Two World Wars and the introduction of the ‘talkies’.




From 1744 to the future....

During the last 19 years the theatre has seen some of it’s most exciting developments….