York Theatre Royal, St. Leonard's Place,, York, YO1 7HD – Visit Now
York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 270 years and is one of the country’s leading theatres. Each year the theatre entertains over 200,000 people with its wide variety of performances, events and activities including the much loved annual pantomime starring Berwick Kaler, the UK’s longest-running Dame.
One of the country’s leading theatres, each year the York Theatre Royal entertains over 200,000 people
Re-opened in 2016 following a six-million-pound redevelopment, the theatre is a nationally important centre for the dramatic arts, well established since its inception in the 1700s. The building itself is an 18th-century structure built on top of the medieval St Leonard’s Hospital, incorporating gothic arches and awe-inspiring pillars. Victorian additions include statuettes of Elizabeth the First and Shakespearean characters.
Grand reopening ideas include a Love Season of productions centring around Julie Hesmondhalgh of Coronation Street fame, who will be starring in husband Ian Kershaw’s The Greatest Play in the History of the World. This will be followed by a season of plays from diverse periods and places, all on the theme of love and human connection.
Comedy and spoken-word events are other key arrows in the York Theatre Royal’s quiver
Alongside the themed productions, the Love Season offers the premiere of Mugabe, My Dad, and Me. Director John R. Wilkinson works with English Touring Theatre on this production of Tonderai Munyevu’s one-man show, a deep reflection on the personal and the political in Zimbabwe.
Comedy and spoken-word events are other key arrows in the York Theatre Royal’s quiver, including Beach Body Ready, a live comedy show from the Roaring Girls that discusses body image and advertising, and talks from famous names such as the chef Yotam Ottolenghi. The theatre also hosts special events such as topical comedy shows from the likes of Stewart Lee and a conversation with astronaut Tim Peake.