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Mon 13 - Sat 18 Feb 2017 The Commitments
Tue 21 - Sat 25 Feb 2017 Sunny Afternoon

Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW



The Commitments
13 - 18 February 2017
Venue: Grand Opera House
A fabulous fun night out for all the family featuring over 20 of the greatest soul classics including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can't Turn You Loose and many more!


Anything Goes
Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 February 2017
Joseph Rowntree Theatre
The University of York’s Central Hall Musical Society is delighted to be presenting their annual large-scale production at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre for the first time after a series of overwhelmingly successful shows performed on campus and elsewhere in York.

Join us aboard the SS American as we set sail from New York to England with a whole host of crazy characters, accompanied by Cole Porter’s best known and most loved songs.

This classic musical will be brought to life with sensational energy (and plenty of tap dancing) by a cast of 40 talented students, many of whom hope to pursue a career in musical theatre after graduating. Catch them at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre before you see them in the West End! More..

Blast From The Past: Spiltmilk Dance
Thursday 16 February 2017
Amerdale Hall
Jam-packed with hits, Blast from the Past is a fast-paced race through seven decades of the blockbusters and bestsellers we all remember, and the fads and fashions we might prefer to forget. Set to a soundtrack of chart toppers from 1952 to the present day, the show honours British pop culture and it’s ability to unite us all in weird and wonderful ways.

Somewhere between a dance performance, sketch show, TV gameshow and the ultimate compilation album, Blast from the Past will have you feeling nostalgic, singing along, laughing out loud and playing a swift game of pass the parcel!

Right Here Right Now
Friday 17 February 2017
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO31 7NU
Fancy That! It’s time for our very special edition of Right Here Right Now. Our improvisers will compete in some very silly games to win your affections by taking your suggestions to heart. Avoid ‘Bad Romance!’ Forget the flowers and chuck out the chocolates! Make a date with us and discover what my ‘funny valentine’ really means…
It’s comedy made ‘especially for you’.

Friday 17 February: 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 Box Office: 01904 613000
Also Friday 24 March. Friday 28 April
Murder, Margaret & Me

Murder, Margaret & Me
18 February - 4 March 2017
Venue: York Theatre Royal
She was called ’the funniest woman alive’. But the life of actress Margaret Rutherford was far from a comedy. She was hiding a dark family secret. On screen as Miss Marple in the 1960s she solved crimes and brought wrong doers to justice. It takes Queen of Crime Agatha Christie to unearth Margaret’s tragic tale in Murder, Margaret and Me. Writer Philip Meeks reveals the sensational story of Margaret Rutherford’s past in this comedy thriller.

"Moving, mirthful, and entertaining from start to finish, this is a gem of a play” - The Scotsman.

Starring Susie Blake as Margaret Rutherford, Nichola McAuliffe as Agatha Christie and Andrina Carroll as The Spinster.

Monsters, Myths & Magic
Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 February 2017
York Theatre Royal
A play in two days for 8- to 11-year-olds.
Come create, rehearse, perform and tell stories of voyage and adventure in two days! Participants will learn new theatre skills in this practical and fun two day workshop culminating in a performance at 4pm. more..

Sunny Afternoon. The Kinks. Musical
21 - 25 February 2017
Grand Opera House York
Featuring the iconic hits You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, All Day and All of the Night, Lola, Sunny Afternoon and many more, this production fizzes with energy, and is a fresh new 'Great British Musical' (The Times) that will make your spirits soar.


Josie Long: Something Better
Wednesday 22 February 2017
The Cresecent, 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW
The new stand-up show by the star of Radio 4’s Romance and Adventure, presenter of Radio 4’s Shortcuts and three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

This is a show about optimism and hopefulness and about looking for people and things to look up to. It’s about wanting more from life than it might be up for giving out. It’s about struggling with realising what you are, who you are and what you can’t change about yourself, and about really feeling like an outsider for the first time.

I’m 34, I wanted to have kids by now, and be in love, and have a country that didn’t vote with the far right parties to march us all off a cliff. And be able to do all the awesome stuff that activists do, that I can’t do, too. I thought we would have won by now. And I wanted to be taller and better looking.

Following the international sell-out success of her previous show Cara Josephine across the UK, Europe, in Australia and New York, the star of BBC Radio 4’s Romance and Adventure, All of the Planet’s Wonders and presenter of Shortcuts, tours her eighth solo stand-up show nationwide.

Tickets are £14 in advance and available now via
The Gondoliers

The Gondoliers
The University of York Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Thursday 23 February - Saturday 25 February 2017
Joseph Rowntree Theatre
The gondolier brothers Marco and Giuseppe Palmieri are the most charming bachelors in all of Venice, and today they will each choose a bride. All is well for 30 happy minutes - until the Grand Inquisitor of Spain appears to inform the brothers that one of them is in fact the son of the late King of Barataria. The only problem is, nobody is quite sure which brother it is.

Elsewhere, the penniless Duke of Plaza-Toro and his overbearing wife arrive from Spain to seek the king, who was married to their daughter Casilda when they were both infants. Unfortunately for Casilda, she is already in love with Luiz the drummer boy. Will any of our couples get their happy ending?

Tickets: Adults £12.50, Students & Children £7.50

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Haxby Road. YO31 8TA Show on Map
Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office 01904 50 1935

Blue Stockings at York Theatre Royal
Wednesday 1 - Saturday 11 March 2017
The Studio At York Theatre Royal
Premiered at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in 2013, Jessica Swale’s vibrant play follows four young women at Cambridge in 1896 through a tumultuous year. A vote will determine if they will be allowed to graduate and change the future of education for themselves and those who will follow.

Blue Stockings - Laughing all the way to the lecture hall... (The Independent)

Hurrah for Blue Stockings, a play that gets the boisterous Globe audience cheering for the cause of women’s education and muttering darkly at those who oppose it! (Times Higher Education)
Story Pocket Theatre

A Pocketful of Grimms
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March 2017
York Theatre Royal
Let the magical Storyteller whisk you away to a land of fables and wonder to explore some of the favourite fairy tales ever told. Featuring Hansel and Gretel, the original Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin and more.
An exciting and high-energy collection of some of the most loved and less well known stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, are brought to glorious life on stage in a rich mix of physical theatre, clowning, puppetry, music and much more. From the winners of the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, 2014 and the Three Weeks Editors’ Choice Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
Age advice 4+

Time: 11am & 1.30pm Friday, 11am & 2pm Saturday
Tickets £10 Under 16s £6

Roughshod: Reactive
Friday 17 March 2017
Venue: St Paul’s Holgate, Holgate Rd, YO24 4BF
What happens when worlds’ collide?
When heaven meets earth?
If small encounters cause a big reaction?

A passenger on a train gets help unexpectedly from a stranger, a courageous nun surprises everyone by going nuclear and a religious terrorist is disarmed by a man from the wrong side of town.

Mixing powerful performance (and a little comic chaos) Riding Lights Roughshod use true stories, satirical sketches and the experiences of the actors themselves to work out what happens when God decides to disturb the peace… in person.

Join us for a transformative tour-de-force as Roughshod shake things up in this explosive new sketch show for 2017.

7.30pm | Tickets: Free (donations welcome)
More info: 01904 613000 or

Crosslight: Riding Lights Passion Play
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Clifton Parish Church, St Philip & St James
written by Paul Burbridge and Les Ellison
directed by Paul Burbridge, designed by Anna Gooch

The disciple chosen to lead, is in pieces.

Caught in the crosslight of the flickering candles at the last supper, the torches of Gethsemane, the firelight in the courtyard, by the searching gaze of his Lord, Simon ‘the rock’ is shattered.

As he hangs from the cross, Jesus is surrounded by a jeering crowd, laughing at his claim to be the Son of God. A small group of family and friends stands by until the agony ends. But the great friend who, more than any other, has stood by Jesus throughout the story is conspicuous by his absence.

One man is missing – one who knows the truth.

Crosslight draws us into the dramatic events of Christ’s Passion and into the experience of one disciple who failed, despite everything he believed so passionately…

Tuesday 21 March: 7.30pm
Clifton Parish Church, St Philip & St James, Clifton, York, YO30 6BH

Tickets: £10
Box Office: 01904 613000 or
Please note: this performance of Crosslight will be filmed
York Community Choir Festival

York Community Choir Festival 2017
29 March - 1 April 2017
Theatre: Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Enjoy show tunes, standards, operetta, pop.... the list goes on. There is something for everyone as twenty community choirs of all shapes and sizes perform in five concerts. Join us to celebrate the joy of singing!

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Haxby Road. YO31 8TA Show on Map
Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office 01904 50 1935
Flying Ducks Youth Theatre Peter Pan

Flying Ducks Youth Theatre Present - Peter Pan the Musical
Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 April 2017
Venue: Joseph Rowntree Theatre
“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”
An exciting proposition from the all youth cast of Flying Ducks Youth Theatre, presenting Peter Pan the Musical at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April 7.30pm (plus Saturday matinee 2.30pm)

J.M. Barrie’s masterful story shines especially brightly with a rich score that includes such beloved songs as “Come Away, Come Away,” and “Don’t say Goodbye”.” A delightful musical featuring singing pirates, daring sword-fights, and fantastical make-believe, Peter Pan is a story that is filled with magic, delight, and just a fairy dusting of heartbreak.

Tickets now on sale: £10 adults, £8 concessions
Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office 01904 501935

Doctor Dolittle
Wednesday 26 - Saturday 29 April 2017
Venue: Joseph Rowntree Theatre
This classic tale of kindness to (and by) animals trots, crawls, and flies onto the stage as the Broadway-sized family musical arrives in York. The Doctor that can talk to the animals takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Haxby Road. YO31 8TA Show on Map
Tel 01904 50 1935

John Kearns and Lloyd Griffith Double Headliner
Monday 15 May 2017
The Crescent Community Venue
Even Better Comedy is proud to present our first show at The Crescent Community Venue, a great 200 seater room with fantastic beer prices and hosts to look after you well. John Kearns and Lloyd Griffith both doing a work in progress shows with a special guest MC for the evening. Tickets Available here
Talking Heads, Alan Bennett

Talking Heads by Alan Bennett
Friday 9 & Saturday 10 June 2017
Venue: Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Rowntree Players return to Alan Bennett’s darkly comical and reflective monologues with three new takes on three classic monologues. Each brought to life by a brand new director. Support some of York’s best emerging talent whilst enjoying the prose one of the UK’s best writers. Tickets from

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