During the last 19 years, the theatre has seen some of its most exciting developments. A temporary Studio space was opened in the old paint workshop beside the Main House stage. This was made permanent and is now home to many new, emerging and small-scale productions.

17 years since its launch in 2002, the York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre has gone from strength to strength with over 300 young people aged 5-19 engaging with all aspects of theatre and performing. Other opportunities for young people include the Take Over Festival and Access All Areas.

In 2015, the theatre underwent a £5 million redevelopment including re-tiered seating in the Stalls and flattening the raked stage. Front of House areas were redesigned to create a new, welcoming Box Office and Café areas with seating in the new glass fronted Colonnade and improved access throughout the Foyer. The theatre opened in April 2016 with the first Main House show, Brideshead Revisited.