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A view you’ve never seen before. Look out for events and experiences marked 270/36 0 throughout this brochure and online. This programme inv ites you to take a 360º look at wh at York Theatre Royal does, and has been doing for the last 270 years in this city. They include talks and discussions, open rehearsals, meet-the-cast eve nts and you can even watch a pla y from backstage, which will be a very cool experience.
We’d like to say a huge to everyone who has contributed to our capital redevelopment campaign. If you put a pound in a bucket collection, bought a seat or helped with large-scale fundraising, you have played an important part in the theatre’s future. So, what will be different about the new York Theatre Royal building?
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York Theatre Royal’s café, restaurant and bar is set to be the city’s hottest all-day destination. Open from breakfast time until late into the evening, our enthusiastic staff will be serving top quality coffees, teas, homemade pastries and cakes, and light bites through to pre-theatre dinners. Our tasty treats will be made from the finest quality local produce. With all-round fantastic value food and drink, served in a vibrant yet relaxing atmosphere, this could well become your new local. From spring we’ll be launching our new menus and you’ll be able to book a table for a pre-theatre meal on our website.
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TOURS Regular backstage tours will take place at 3pm on the last Friday of every month (excluding 26 Aug) and will give an insight into the astounding historical site that York Theatre Royal sits on. £6 per person.
Pantomime at The Signal Box Theatre
THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER 2015 – SUNDAY 24 JANUARY 2016
BERWICK KALER, MARTIN BARRASS, SUZY COOPER AND DAVID LEONARD IN
DICKWHITTINGTON (AND HIS MEERKAT) WRITTEN BY BERWICK KALER
Don’t miss this once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see the York Theatre Royal panto family as you’ve never seen them before: in The Signal Box Theatre at the National Railway Museum. As always, expect fabulous costumes, stunning sets, toe-tapping music, breath-taking transformations and a magical spectacle. “Grandest dame of them all” HHHHH The Observer Directed by Berwick Kaler and Damian Cruden Designed by Mark Walters Lighting designed by Richard G Jones Music arranged and directed by Elliot Styche Choreography by Grace Harrington
Tickets: £32.50 – £12 (*see p32 for booking info) AD Thursday 21 January 7.30pm, Saturday 23 January 2.30pm CAP Friday 22 January 4.30pm BSL Thursday 14 January 7.30pm, Saturday 16 January 2.30pm For full performance schedule see website or contact the Box Office THE 2016/17 PANTOMIMEWILL GO ON SALE ONTUESDAY 1 MARCH: LOOK OUT FOR DETAILS ONTHE YORKTHEATRE ROYALWEBSITE.
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TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 5 MARCH
TUTTI FRUTTI AND YORK THEATRE ROYAL PRESENT
WRITTEN BY EMMA REEVES
Set in a wintry landscape, where the snow foxes, wolves and bears hide among the trees, this is a magical story about family, love and the power of dreams. With atmospheric music, beautiful movement and an inspired design, Snow Child promises to be a winter wonderland of poignant, inventive storytelling to enchant children and families. "A winter's tale of simple charm" The Guardian Directed by Wendy Harris Designed by Kate Bunce Music by Ollie Birch Movement by Joanne Bernard
Tickets: £12, £10 concessions, £6 under-16s (*see p32 for booking info) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 11am & 1.30pm Friday 1.30pm & 6pm
FRIDAY 22 – SATURDAY 30 APRIL RETURNS AFTER UK TOUR TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 JUNE
YORK THEATRE ROYAL AND ENGLISH TOURING THEATRE PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED BY EVELYN WAUGH ADAPTED BY BRYONY LAVERY
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Tickets:£29 – £10 (*See p32 for booking info) AD Saturday 30 April 2.30pm & 7.30pm CAP Saturday 30 April 2.30pm BSL Thursday 28 April 7.30pm
After-Show Discussion: Your chance to meet the cast and creative team and ask questions about the making of the show. Wednesday 27 April. Free to ticket holders. Theatre Book Club: Read the novel and then join our director for a discussion about how the story translates on stage. Friday 29 April after the show. Free to ticket holders.
It’s 1943. Finding himself in familiar territory within the English countryside, Charles Ryder confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with Brideshead Castle and its assortment of eccentric inhabitants. In Bryony Lavery’s sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel, past and present blur as Charles recalls those heady days at Brideshead as Lord and Lady Marchmain and their offspring, Julia, Cordelia, Bridey and Sebastian Flyte, re-emerge… Directed by Damian Cruden Designed by Sara Perks Lighting designed by Richard G Jones
A View from Backstage: A unique opportunity to see the show from a very different viewpoint. On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April and Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June we will offer eight backstage tickets per performance for £25 each. You’ll get an exclusive tour of the set and watch the show from either the wings or the fly floor (access only via stairs).
Photo courtesy of Castle Howard
York Theatre Royal and English Touring Theatre will produce an elegant, evocative and vivid adaptation of the much-loved story before taking it on a UK tour.
Workshop and Q&A: With Damian Cruden, an introduction to directing adaptations. Saturday 25 June. 11am – 1pm. £15
TUESDAY 3 – SATURDAY 7 MAY
THE ORIGINAL THEATRE COMPANY AND BIRDSONG PRODUCTIONS LTD PRESENT
FLARE PATH An epic wartime romance Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the RAF bomber crews and their wives and sweethearts, who were left awaiting their return. Set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, Flare Path tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, as their marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia’s ex-lover and Hollywood idol Peter Kyle. This major revival comes from the producers behind the hit touring production of Birdsong and stars Graham Seed as Swanson (The Archers, Yes, Prime Minister) and Charlie G Hawkins as Percy (EastEnders and Birdsong). “A rallying-cry for decency and home-front heroism. Hits the emotional target as exactly as it should” HHHH The Daily Telegraph Directed by Justin Audibert
Tickets: £29 – £10 (*see p32 for booking info) AD: Saturday 7 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
After-Show Discussion: Your chance to meet the cast and creative team and ask questions about the making of the show. Wednesday 4 May. Free to ticket holders.
TUESDAY 10 MAY
YORK SHAKESPEARE CLUSTER PRESENTS
10 | 11
THE TEMPEST BYWILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Following on from last year’s Henry trilogy, eight schools take on Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption. Each school performs part of the story in an ensemble and choral approach to storytelling. Told across eight scenes, one story is told through eight unique voices and insights. Tickets: £5 adults, £3 under-16s
SUNDAY 15 MAY
AN EVENING OF PANTO!
WEDNESDAY 11 MAY
DIGGING UP THE PAST An illustrated talk by Ben Reeves, Project Officer for York Archaeological Trust. Ben has led the dig at York Theatre Royal in 2015 and, with his team, has unearthed stunning new insights into the theatre’s rich history. Ben will talk you through the findings and share the story of this unique site. Free event but please book. :PSL"SDIBFPMPHJDBM5SVTU
Join the panto family in a special fundraising event. Berwick Kaler, Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and David Leonard will feature in a very special evening celebrating all things pantomime! In a ‘Parkinson-style’ Q&A they’ll talk about their careers and their long relationship with the institution that is the York Theatre Royal pantomime. This will be interspersed with video footage of pantos past. With amusing anecdotes, backstage stories and fantastic banter, this is a one-off opportunity to see our stars without the wigs and costumes and relive some of your favourite panto moments. Tickets: £20, £15 under-16s. The proceeds from this event will go towards the theatre’s ongoing work with children and young people. (*see p32 for booking info)
FRIDAY 13 MAY – SATURDAY 4 JUNE YORK THEATRE ROYAL AND PILOT THEATRE PRESENT
AWORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF EM FORSTER’S CLASSIC SHORT STORY
MACHINE STOPS ADAPTED FORTHE STAGE BY NEIL DUFFIELD EM Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but his short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2016, and is a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology. "You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that." In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops? Featuring a brand new soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialist, Benge. Directed by Juliet Forster Music by John Foxx and Benge Tickets: £16 – £14 (*see p32 for booking info)
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After-Show Discussion: Your chance to meet the cast and creative team and ask questions about the making of the show. Tuesday 24 May. Free to ticket holders. Theatre Book Club: Read the novella and then join writer Neil Duffield for a discussion about how the story translates on stage. Friday 3 June, after the show. Free to ticket holders.
12 | 13
FRIDAY 13 – SATURDAY 14 MAY
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET
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Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to York performing an illuminating mix of works inspired by Shakespeare, which showcase the range and beauty of ballet.
Open Rehearsal: Ever wondered what a ballet dancer does to prepare for a day of rehearsal and performance? This is your chance to watch an opencompany class on-stage to find out. Saturday 14 May 11.45am. Tickets: £10
This thrilling programme features live accompaniment by the acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Tickets: £26.50 – £10 (*see P32 for booking info)
Pre-performance talk from BRB staff and dancers. Saturday 14 May 6.30pm. Free to ticket holders but please book via the Box Office.
Photo: Bill Cooper
The programme starts with Jessica Lang‘s new Wink, a one-act ballet that captures the poetry of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Then comes a series of excerpts from much-loved ballets including Romeo and Juliet, The Dream and The Taming of the Shrew. Lastly, The Moor’s Pavane distills the passion and drama of Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focused on four characters and their jealousy.
TUESDAY 17 – SATURDAY 21 MAY
14 | 15
NORTHERN BROADSIDES, IN PARTNERSHIPWITHTHE NEW VIC THEATRE, NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME,PRESENTS
THE MERRY WIVES
DIRECTED BY BARRIE RUTTER
Sir John Falstaff is past his prime and skint! Vain rogue that he is, he attempts, rather clumsily, to seduce a couple of well-to-do wives… but Mistress Page and Mistress Ford get wise to his plan and scheme to exact revenge, with hilarious and unimaginable consequences. If you like your Shakespeare light, funny and wickedly entertaining then look no further. Northern Broadsides’ distinctive charisma and zest for performance squeezes every last ounce of comedy gold from this affectionately calamitous tale that will tickle your funny bone and poke a jovial finger in the eye of middle England. “Northern Broadsides can bring Shakespeare to life as gripping, accessible theatre for today simply by making the words sing.” The Guardian Tickets: £29 – £10 (*see P32 for booking info) AD Saturday 21 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
After-Show Discussion: Your chance to meet the cast and creative team and ask questions about the making of the show. Wednesday 18 May. Free to ticket holders. A View from Backstage: A unique opportunity to see the show from a very different viewpoint. On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May we will offer eight backstage tickets per performance for £25 each. You’ll get an exclusive tour of the set and watch the show from either the wings or the fly floor (access only via stairs).
FRIDAY 27 – MONDAY 30 MAY
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THE SECRET BANK HOLIDAY PLAY
Here’s another unique opportunity for you to make a play with us over the May bank holiday weekend and to get involved in every aspect of the production. Turn up on Friday evening, find out what the play is going to be, and work with our directors over the weekend to rehearse a show that you’ll perform on the Monday night. You can sign up to be an actor, a prop maker, a poster designer, a stage technician, a costume maker, or even work with our catering staff to create a pre-show menu. We want you to explore all aspects of our new building and help to give it a big, jolly, ceremonious ‘Welcome Back’.
To sign up to be involved, email email@example.com Tickets to the Monday night performance in the main house: £18, £14 under-16s (*see p32 for booking info)
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16 | 17
FRIDAY 3 – SATURDAY 4 JUNE
ENGLISH TOURING OPERA DONIZETTI: PIA DE’ TOLOMEI
MOZART: DON GIOVANNI
FRIDAY 3 JUNE
SATURDAY 4 JUNE
A noblewoman is locked in a tower in Tuscany by her jealous husband in this opera based on an episode of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Following ETO’s rediscovery of Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais and The Wild Man of the West Indies, this production is another opportunity to explore the longlost music of this stirring composer.
Is Don Giovanni a hero who defies all authority – or villain, sinner, and murderer? Whether you’re charmed or repelled by opera’s most charismatic antihero, you’ll have an adventure with Mozart’s most engrossing opera – from its magnificent score to the chilling conclusion.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Sung in English with surtitles. Tickets: £29 – £10 (*see P32 for booking info)
Pre-show talk: at 6.30pm before both productions with the team from English Touring Opera. Free to ticket holders but please book.
TUESDAY 7 – SUNDAY 12 JUNE
WEDNESDAY Main House Stage Indefinite Articles
Each Claytime is totally unique – creating its own world, its own characters and its own stories drawn directly from its young audience. Truly interactive theatre at its most engaging. 1pm Age: 3 – 6 Tickets: £10 adult, £7 child
TUESDAY Main House Half Moon and Tam Tam Theatre
A laugh-out-loud play with few words, for the very young and the curiously inquisitive. At the end of the performance, children are invited onto the stage to create their own recipes, by digging in soft, moist soil. 10am, 11.45am & 1.30pm Tickets: £6 Age: Under-3s
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Studio Second Hand Dance
Featuring worms, slugs, snails, spontaneous outbreaks of ant-dancing and plenty of insect-related facts, Grass uses performance, puppetry and projection to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, to get mucky and to play! 11.30am & 1.45pm Age: 4+ Tickets: £10 adult, £7 child
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY Studio Puppet State Theatre Company
The Man Who Planted Trees
The inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Wed 1.30pm & 7pm Thu 11am & 1.30pm Age: 7+ Tickets: £10 adult, £8 child
Look out for Storytelling event Flying High in the Upper Foyer on Saturday.
18 | 19
FRIDAY Studio Mud Pie Arts
The Enchanted Chalk
This fun performance workshop includes live drawing, storytelling, music and improvisation with the audience. Children take on roles along the way and everyone will be invited to chalk up a drawing to take home.
SUNDAY Main House The People’s Theatre Company
Don’t Dribble on the Dragon
10.45am & 4.30pm Age: 3 – 7 Tickets: £6
FRIDAY & SATURDAY DIRECT FROM THE WEST END
Now introducing the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the stage, marvel at and interact with extraordinary lifelike dinosaurs in this imaginative and hilarious live show, which has been a huge hit around the world. Fri 11.30am & 1.45pm Sat 11am & 2pm Tickets: £12.50, £10 schools, £15 danger zone seats on the front rows Age: 3+
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Based on the beautiful new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular, fun-filled musical adventure about friendship and the importance of family is the perfect feel-good show. Author and playwright Steven Lee will be available to sign your copy of the book, which you can bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show. 2.30pm Age: 3+ Tickets: £12 adults, £8 under-16s
Ballroom Kala Sangam
The Pine Tree and its Green Secret
This interactive spoken-word performance and workshop combines music, dance and theatre to encourage people to respect each other, value friendship and live in harmony with themselves and nature. 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm For all the family Tickets: £5
WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE
Join Dr Damian Murphy and researchers from the University of York’s Department of Electronics AudioLab team, who have been working over a number of months to capture visual and acoustic data from the old and new theatre space. The project will develop an online audio/visual virtual reality experience of a theatre, allowing users to listen to on-stage performances from different seats within the auditorium, and experience both theatre and performances in a new way. Free talk, but please book.
WEDNESDAY 15 – SATURDAY 18 JUNE
TUTTI FRUTTI PRESENTS
WiLd! By Evan Placey A fantastic new play with one actor and one live musician that unravels the story of a wayward, fragile and misunderstood boy who lives on his wits and untamed imagination. A brilliant, clever, brave new play celebrating all things ‘wild’ with fabulous live music and fresh moves.
SATURDAY 18 JUNE
WORDS & WHIPPETS #4
A showcase of exciting and engaging spoken-word artists. Andy Craven-Griffiths from Leeds will be headlining this
For every misunderstood child, their teachers and families up and down the land. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, this remarkable new play is informed by intensive research into the condition of ADHD in children. Age: 8+ Tickets: £12, £10 concessions, £6 under-16 (*see page 32 for booking info) event. Andy has performed at Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals and has been broadcast on Radio 1, 4 and BBC Two. He’s also the frontman of hip-hop band Middleman. More great poets to be confirmed! Compered by York’s own Henry Raby. Tickets: £6
THURSDAY 16 – FRIDAY 17 JUNE
SATURDAY 18 JUNE
20 | 21
J-NIGHT AND YORK THEATRE ROYAL PRESENT
PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS
TRIPLE BILL 2016 Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Triple Bill 2016 showcases three engaging works in celebration of its 35th anniversary. Shakespeare’s timeless themes of desire, duplicity and unrequited love are brought to life in Kate Flatt’s Undivided Loves. Fusing sound, words and dance, Shakespeare's most intimate, mysterious and radical sonnets are reimagined to Adriano Adewale’s vibrant and percussive score. In contrast, Israeli-born choreographer Itzik Galili reworks his dynamic and dark piece Until.With/Out.Enough, which explores the concept of the enclosed space that exists within our minds. Finally, the quirky and playful Bloom by award-winning choreographer Caroline Finn explores the darkly comic expressions of life and humanity. Tickets: £22 – £10 (*see p32 for booking info) After-Show Discussion: Your chance to meet the cast and creative team and ask questions about the making of the show. Thursday 16 June. Free to ticket holders. Until.With/Out.Enough is a co-commission between The Royal Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Undivided Loves is co-commissioned with Watford Palace Theatre. Phoenix Dance Theatre gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation, The Idlewild Trust and The Goldsmiths’ Company Bloom is commissioned in partnership with the New Adventures Choreographer Award.
CLARETEAL AND HERTRIO CELEBRATE DORIS DAY Award-winning jazz and big band singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal has always championed the music of the most beloved female singers of the 20th century. In 2014 she turned her attention to one of the world’s greatest musical stars, the iconic and muchloved Doris Day, who was celebrating her 90th birthday. The show is an entertaining, joyful journey through the musical life of one of the biggest legends of Hollywood. Tickets: £23 – £10 (*see p32 for booking info)
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TUESDAY 28 JUNE – SATURDAY 9 JULY
YORK LIGHT PRESENTS
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS York Light is proud to bring to the stage of the refurbished York Theatre Royal an all-time favourite movie and stage musical. A sparkling, exciting summer production of a true classic, with toe-tapping songs you will be singing all the way home. Set in Oregon in the 1850s, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of Adam Pontipee and his new bride Milly’s search for wives for Adam's six unkempt, burly brothers. Milly sets a plan into motion to marry off the brothers, including teaching them how to court girls, but things don't quite go as planned! Music by Gene de Paul, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn Directed and choreographed by Martyn Knight Based on the 1954 movie
Tickets: £28.50 - £10 (*see p32 for booking info) An amateur performance given by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd
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22 | 23
TUESDAY 28 JUNE THE CRICK CRACK CLUB
FAIRYTALES FOR GROWN-UPS –THE DEVIL’S PURSE
Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson fuse storytelling performance and Nordic music in a wild journey into the cinema of the imagination. A lost traveller finds himself guided through the mountain mists; a farmer marries an apparently perfect wife; a drunk gambles with a purse that is forever full; and an anxious mother watches her child turn to skin and bone… Tickets: £12 – £10 (*see p32 for booking info) Recommended 12+
A Palestinian actor learns there is more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what is wrong with his first novel. A British youth senses all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time. This one man play is extremely funny with a sharp cutting edge for today’s multicultural Britain.
WEDNESDAY 29 – THURSDAY 30 JUNE AIK PRODUCTIONS & TURTLE KEY ARTS PRESENT
LOVE,BOMBS & APPLES
Tickets: £14 – £12 (*see p32 for booking info) Recommended 15+
Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak
FRIDAY 1 – SATURDAY 2 JULY PROTEUS THEATRE PRESENTS
BECOMING HATTIE Written by Mhairi Grealis Directed by Mary Swan Performed by Ashley Christmas
Thoughtful, funny, warm and nostalgic, this onewoman show takes an affectionate look at the remarkable life and career of Hattie Jacques, and a witty, caustic look at modern-day show business and its cultural attitudes towards larger women. Tickets: £14 – £12 (*see p32 for booking info) Recommended 15+
Main House SUMMER SHOW
FRIDAY 29 JULY – SATURDAY 27 AUGUST YORK THEATRE ROYAL PRESENTS
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S
THE GREATEST EVER SHERLOCK HOLMES MURDER MYSTERY AS A FAMILY FRIENDLY, HYSTERICAL, FAST-PACED ROMP!
24 | 25
On his foggy Dartmoor estate, Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with a look of bewilderment on his face and suspicious paw prints next to his body. Has the demon hound struck again? Can our legendary detective and his trusty sidekick solve the mystery of the Baskerville curse before anyone else comes to a grisly end? A cast of lightning-fast actors will turn horror into howling comedy full of quick fire wit, tongue-in-cheek humour and physical slapstick in this barking mad theatrical extravaganza. The York Theatre Royal team have a fantastic reputation for giving classic stories an inventive new twist. On the back of last summer’s hugely popular production of The Railway Children, this new version of Sherlock Holmes will be a fun-filled family show, using all the features of our brand new stage to great effect. Directed by Damian Cruden Tickets: £24 – £10 with family tickets available (*see p32 for booking info) CAP Saturday 27 August 2.30pm AD Saturday 27 August 2.30pm & 7pm BSL Thursday 25 August 7pm Recommended 8+
One of our hounds is missing! Grab your deer stalker, your magnifying glass, and join your fearful guides for a hair-raising tour around the theatre as we try to solve the mystery. A drama workshop and adventure suitable for 8+. 11am every show day. Cost: £5
Illustrations: by Anna Bean
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HIRE In the heart of the city the De Grey Rooms house our beautiful neoclassical Ballroom, available to hire for wedding receptions, parties, meetings, conferences, dances and balls. Lovingly restored by York Conservation Trust, the Ballroom has a sprung dance floor and an adjoining Cocktail Bar and can accommodate up to 160 people. For more information contact our Events Co-ordinator on 01904 715455 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THE DE GREY ROOMS Burns Night Ceilidh
Cinem@ De Grey Rooms
Our annual sell-out dance celebrating the life of Robert Burns returns for its sixth year in the beautiful De Grey Rooms – come along to the biggest Burn’s Night ceilidh in York! Dances are professionally called by the wonderful Great Northern Ceilidh Band.
SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY
SATURDAY 23 JANUARY
7pm – 11pm Tickets: £17 (*see p32 for booking info)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
From New York to Old York, join us for a retro Valentine’s Party, downtown at the De Grey Rooms. Don your little black dress and enjoy a sophisticated evening of cinema, liquor and live jazz in the stunning Ballroom. Bar open from 7pm, film screening at 7.30pm. Drinks and jazz until 11.30pm £7 (including a welcome drink) (*see p32 for booking info)
Blood in the Ballroom TUESDAY 15 – WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH
Performed by members of the Theatre Workshops course at York Theatre Royal, this is an immersive evening of drama and death. Lord and Lady Strapvocash are inviting the great, the good and the otherwise to their grand town house De Grey Hall for an evening of Shakespearean theatre. You’ll meet an array of twenty characters, all with murderous motives in mind. Join us for this devilish evening of danger served up with a side order of suspense (and cake). But can you spot the killer in your midst?
7.30pm Tickets: £12 (*see p32 for booking info) Recommended 16+
26 | 27
COSTUME HIRE FRIARGATE THEATRE
TUESDAY 22 – WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH Displace Yourself presents
2044 and Earth is a lifeless wasteland. The only chance of survival is to be accepted into Eden, a city enclosed in a protective dome where the inhabitants are free from the dangers of the Outside. Dynamic movement is fused with poetic text and woven throughout is a powerfully composed soundtrack. 7.30pm Tickets: £10, £7 concessions (*see p32 for booking info)
Have you been invited to a fancy dress party? Maybe you’re staging a school play, a musical or a panto – or perhaps you’re hosting a themed event for your company. Our Costume Hire department is the treasure trove you need. We have everything from the historical to the hysterical! You can hire and buy costumes. Our stock includes: • • • • •
Glamorous period evening wear 60s and 70s party outfits Giant animal costumes Scary stuff for Halloween Everything from wigs to winkle-pickers
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You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how little it costs to hire from us. A pair of handmade 1940s shoes costs as little as £5 per week, and a complete panto villain costume starts at £30 per week. Opening hours: Tuesday: 10am – 4pm Thursday: 10am – 2pm (by appointment only) Saturday: 10am – 4pm Costume Hire is located in the basement of the De Grey Rooms. Contact: 01904 715444 email@example.com
York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre comprises of 370 young people who take part in weekly sessions within 14 youth theatre groups, two taster groups (where young people from our waiting list have a term’s participation in youth theatre sessions) and one outreach group, Access All Areas (referral only). We produce at least 14 youth theatre productions each year, at the theatre and various site specific locations. In 2015–16 our 16+ groups are producing two short films that will be screened in the new theatre foyer and our 11–14s are taking a production and supporting workshop out on tour to local primary schools. To get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 14 –16s groups will perform the following productions in Theatre 1 at York St John University
The Trojan Women
An adaptation of a classic Greek Tragedy. Troy has fallen. Defeated by the Greeks, the Trojans are all dead except for the women who wait on the beach ready to be shipped to their impending fate. Directed by Paula Clark. Recommended 14+
THURSDAY 7 APRIL 7PM & SATURDAY 9 APRIL 9PM
The Holding Place
A devised piece based on Dido and Aeneas, focusing on the theme of the current refugee crisis. Directed and written by Matt Harper and Cath Heinemeyer.
THURSDAY 7 APRIL 9PM & FRIDAY 8 APRIL 7PM
This Changes Everything
On a platform out at sea, a group of disillusioned young women have formed The Community – a new type of society and a better way of living. But can you change the world if you’ve taken yourself out of it? Written by Joel Horwood, directed by Kate Plumb.
FRIDAY 8 APRIL 9PM & SATURDAY 9 APRIL 7PM Tickets: £8, £6 under-16s (*see p32 for booking info)
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The LAMDA examination courses, led by coach Frances Simon, allow young people the opportunity to take part in the internationally renowned communication and performance exams. The courses will run during term-time, starting Monday 11 January 2016 and finishing with an exam on Friday 8 July. 6–9 years, Mondays, 5pm–6pm 10–13 years, Thursdays, 6.15–7.15pm 14+ years, Thursdays, 7.30pm–8.30pm Cost: £50 per 5-week block, 8 students per class
Adult Theatre Workshop for 18+
You can now sign up to the summer term, which will cover general theatre skills. Mondays, 7.30pm 11 April –27 June (excluding Bank Holidays and half term). Cost: £100
York St John University and York Theatre Royal
‘Storyknowing’: A Festival and Symposium of Storytelling and Theatre with Young People FRIDAY 22 – SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2016
This event will bring together practitioners, teachers, researchers and young people to explore the role of story in education and arts work with adolescents and older children. Through workshops, performances, talks and discussions we will investigate what kinds of stories young people need to hear. For prices and booking see www.artsandnarrative.co.uk/ storyknowing-symposium-festival
TakeOver Festival Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 July
TakeOver is a festival run entirely by a dedicated team of young people aged 12 to 26, who work together on programming, producing and managing a festival from scratch. After a successful festival at the National Railway Museum in October, we will be coming home to the newly renovated York Theatre Royal. Shows for the festival will be announced from early 2016 so stay tuned for more information. If you’d like to get involved email email@example.com Supported by the Clothworkers Foundation
Creative Europe: Be SpectACTive!
York Theatre Royal is part of Be SpectACTive!, a European project focused on active spectatorship and audience development across contemporary performing arts. The project is a network of nine theatres and festivals and three universities across nine European countries. TakeOver Festival forms part of York Theatre Royal’s BeSpectACTive! programme of events and this season we will welcome Italian performance artist Claudia Catarzi to do some development work with us during January.
HOLIDAYACTIVITIES FEBRUARY HALF TERM Play in a Week
MONDAY 15 – SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY
The Selfish Giant
Rehearse in a professional space and develop your theatre skills. Working from a fantastic script, create your character, don your costume and perform for your friends and family on the Saturday at noon. There is also the opportunity to reflect on your week through an Arts Award Discover portfolio. More details can be found at www.artsaward.org.uk, or call Youth Theatre Director Kate Plumb on 01904 550154. Time: 10am–12.30pm Age: 8–11 Cost: £65 for the week, or £71 with Discover portfolio and certificate (must be booked a week before the course)
THURSDAY 31 MARCH A workshop based on Oscar Wilde’s book The Selfish Giant will explore role-play, games, music and craft making. Come and help transform the Giant’s cold snowy wintery space into colourful bursts of spring. Time: 10am–12.30pm Age: 5–7 Cost: £10
Stage Combat Workshop TUESDAY 5 APRIL Work with professional fight director Liam Evans-Ford to discover the tricks and techniques of stage fighting. Learn a selection of moves and put them together to create a fight sequence. In this very physical workshop you will develop new skills, meet new people and have a great time. Time: 2pm–4pm Age: 12–18 Cost: £10
Play in a Day THURSDAY 7 APRIL Come create, rehearse and perform a story with us in a day! Perform in one of our spaces whilst learning new skills, meeting new people and generally having a mighty fine theatrical time! Time: 10am–5pm Age: 8–11 Cost: £15
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SPRING TERM (meet in the pop-up café in the De Grey Rooms)
JANUARY 6, 13, 20, 27 MARCH 2, 9, 16, 23
Storytelling activity 2016: Rites of Passage THURSDAY 7 – FRIDAY 8 APRIL Spend two days with storyteller Cath Heinemeyer working and playing with myths of coming-ofage from different cultures – from the New Zealand Maori tradition to the Welsh Mabinogion. We will plunder them for ideas and inspiration! The group will develop a performance for the festival and symposium of youth storytelling, ‘Storyknowing’, on Fri 22 April (69pm), organised with York St John University. Participants will also be invited to take part in multiartform workshops with leading practitioners on Sat 23 April (10am-5pm). Please ensure you are free on these dates. Time: 10am–4:30pm Age: 12–18 Cost: £2
MAY HALF TERM A Dahl-icious Workshop TUESDAY 31 MAY A two-hour workshop with fun games and exercises inspired by the work of Roald Dahl, including George’s Marvellous Medicine, Revolting Rhymes, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Time: 10am–12pm Age: 5–8 Cost: £10
Discover York Theatre Royal WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE Come and explore the new York Theatre Royal, learn about its recently uncovered past, different aspects of staging a production from different staff members and have a go at performing on our Main House stage. Times: 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm Age: 7–12 Cost: £10
SUMMER TERM (meet in the new theatre foyer)
APRIL 20, 27 MAY 4, 11, 18, 25 JUNE 8, 15, 22, 29
Mud Pie Arts are bringing their play sessions back to YTR. The café will be open to make the activity even sweeter with sticky treats and great coffee. So if you have a preschooler, come and join in the fun. Each week we explore a wonderful picture book through craft and multi-sensory play. We make, stick, sprinkle, dress up, hide, seek, dance, sing, invent and pretend! At the end of the session the book is revealed and shared. The craft is taken home, so the story can be told again and again! Tickets: £5 per child, £2.50 concessionary rate Age: 2–5 Time: 10.15am – 11.30am
Concessions where applicable apply to over-60s, those in receipt of means-tested benefits and full-time students. We offer disabled concessions and half-price companion tickets. Groups 10+ get £2 off per ticket. Schools discounts and family tickets are available on some shows, please check with Box Office. Pot-Luck Tickets are available for selected Main House performances. Book an unreserved £15 ticket online and we’ll put you in the best possible seat available, and notify you of your seat by email before the performance. £8 Standby tickets for students and unwaged people are available on the day of the performance, subject to availability. *Transaction Fee A single transaction fee of £1.50 applies to all non-cash payments over £6. (Free to Members and Friends). Access Please state at the time of booking if you require a wheelchair space, if you would like to use equipment for audio description, the hearing loop or would like to be seated with a good view of the sign language interpreter or captioning unit. Our new building will feature power-assisted entrance doors and a new lift giving access to the dress circle and theatre bar.
Our new Box Office will be open Monday - Saturday from 10am – 8pm (6pm on non-performance days) We accept cash, cheque, debit and credit cards. Tickets booked over the phone or online can be posted out for £1.50. Print-at-home tickets are available or we can scan the barcode on your smartphone upon arrival. We can also hold tickets at the Box Office for collection. Reservations can be held for up to 4 days. Unpaid reservations will be released for sale 30 minutes before the performance. Tickets are non-refundable. We can exchange unwanted tickets for £1 per transaction or can do our best to re-sell tickets if they are presented at Box Office 24 hours before the performance. Please note our own unsold tickets will take priority.
BSL Signed performance for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons. CAP Captioned performance for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons. AD Audio-Described performance for blind and partially sighted patrons. A touch tour of the set will be available before an audio-described performance. Max Card holders: on Tuesday and Wednesday performances of Snow Child and Sherlock Holmes, paying adults can bring up to 2 under-18s for free and there is a 10% discount on food and drink in our café throughout the year. Your Max Card must be shown in order to take up this offer. The Max Card is designed to make great attractions in the UK more accessible to looked-after children, children with complex needs, their friends and family.
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DIARY Fri 22 Apr Sat 23 Apr Mon 25 Apr Tue 26 Apr Wed 27 Apr Thu 28 Apr Fri 29 Apr Sat 30 Apr Tue 3 May Wed 4 May Thu 5 May Fri 6 May Sat 7 May Tue 10 May Wed 11 May Fri 13 May Sat 14 May Sun 15 May Tue 17 May Wed 18 May Thu 19 May Fri 20 May Sat 21 May Tue 24 May Wed 25 May Thu 26 May Fri 27 May Sat 28 May Sun 29 May Mon 30 May Tue 31 May Wed 1 Jun Thu 2 Jun Fri 3 Jun Sat 4 Jun
Brideshead Revisited 7.30pm Brideshead Revisited 7.30pm Brideshead Revisited 7.30pm Brideshead Revisited 7.30pm Brideshead Revisited 7.30pm Brideshead Revisited 2pm & 7.30pm BSL Brideshead Revisited 7.30pm Brideshead Revisited 2.30pm CAP AD 7.30pm AD Flare Path 7.30pm Flare Path 7.30pm Flare Path 2pm & 7.30pm Flare Path 7.30pm Flare Path 2.30pm AD 7.30pm AD The Tempest 6.30pm Digging up the Past 7.30pm Birmingham Royal Ballet 7.30pm Birmingham Royal Ballet 2.30pm & 7.30pm An Evening of of Panto! 7.30pm The Merry Wives 7.30pm The Merry Wives 7.30pm The Merry Wives 2pm & 7.30pm The Merry Wives 7.30pm The Merry Wives 2.30pm AD & 7.30pm AD
Storytelling Festival/Symposium Ballroom Storytelling Festival/Symposium Ballroom
Making The Secret Bank Holiday Play Making The Secret Bank Holiday Play Making The Secret Bank Holiday Play The Secret Bank Holiday Play performance 7.30pm
Pia De' Tolomei Don Giovanni
The Machine Stops The Machine Stops
The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops
7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.00pm & 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm
The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops The Machine Stops
7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.00pm & 7.45pm
DIARY MAIN HOUSE Tue 7 Jun
Wed 8 Jun
Claytime Digital Futures
Thu 9 Jun Fri 10 Jun Sat 11 Jun
STUDIO 10am,11.45am & 1.30pm
Dinosaur Zoo Dinosaur Zoo
1pm 7.30pm 11.30am & 1.45pm 11am & 2pm
Sun 12 Jun
Don't Dribble on the Dragon
Wed 15 Jun Thu 16 Jun Fri 17 Jun Sat 18 Jun
Phoenix Dance Theatre Phoenix Dance Theatre Clare Teal
7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm
Tue 21 Jun Wed 22 Jun Thu 23 Jun Fri 24 Jun Sat 25 Jun Tue 28 Jun Wed 29 Jun Thu 30 Jun Fri 1 Jul Sat 2 Jul Mon 4 Jul Tue 5 Jul Wed 6 Jul Thu 7 Jul Fri 8 Jul Sat 9 Jul Tue 12 Jul Wed 13 Jul Thu 14 Jul Fri 15 Jul Sat 16 Jul
Brideshead Revisited Brideshead Revisited Brideshead Revisited Brideshead Revisited Brideshead Revisited Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides Seven Brides TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival
7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Grass The Man Who Planted Trees
11.30am & 1.45pm 1.30pm & 7pm
The Man Who Planted Trees 11am & 1.30pm The Enchanted Chalk 10.45am & 4.30pm The Pine Tree and its Green Secret Ballroom 11am, 12pm,1.30pm & 3pm WILD 11am & 1.30pm WILD 11am & 1.30pm WILD 1.30pm & 7pm WILD 11am & 1.30pm Words & Whippets 7.45pm
The Devil's Purse Love, Bombs and Apples Love, Bombs and Apples Becoming Hattie Becoming Hattie
TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival TakeOver Festival
7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm
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DIARY MAIN HOUSE Fri 29 Jul Sat 30 Jul Tue 2 Aug Wed 3 Aug Thu 4 Aug Fri 5 Aug Sat 6 Aug Tue 9 Aug Wed 10 Aug Thu 11 Aug Fri 12 Aug Sat 13 Aug Tue 16 Aug Wed 17 Aug Thu 18 Aug Fri 19 Aug Sat 20 Aug Tue 23 Aug Wed 24 Aug Thu 25 Aug Fri 26 Aug Sat 27 Aug
Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
COMING SOON 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 7pm 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 7pm 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 7pm 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 7pm 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm BSL 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm CAP AD & 7pm AD
Main House Youth Theatre Production
THURSDAY 1 SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER Main House York Theatre Royal & Northern Broadsides
FRIDAY 9 â€“ SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
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Membership is a great way for you to see more productions for less money, enjoy discounts in our fabulous new bar and restaurant, whilst also supporting areas of your local theatre’s work. Benefits:
TOGETHER we have raised a staggering £4.1 million to ensure York Theatre Royal continues to produce great theatre and to be an integral part of this community for years to come. Once our capital redevelopment project is complete, and you have a shiny new building to enjoy, your continued support will be vital and we’d like to invite you to be part of our future. Join us.
2 free tickets to any two different productions throughout the year (including in-house productions, touring productions and the pantomime)
15% off 2 tickets to all productions (includes 15% off concession tickets)
10% off at the café, restaurant and bar
Invites to season launch events
Free ticket exchange
Members do not pay the transaction fee when booking
Membership costs £48 per year. You can pay in one go or in £4 instalments per month. As a member we’ll also give you the option of making a £2 per month donation to the theatre which we can then Gift Aid.
By joining our 1744 Club you’ll enable York Theatre Royal to continue the great work we do on and off our stages. From £20 per month, your donation could provide Youth Theatre membership to a disadvantaged child, offer an up-and-coming director a placement on one of our productions, or fund a script development workshop for a new play. More details on our website or from the Box Office.
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