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York Theatre Royal 2016

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Thursday 18 May 2017
Venue: York Theatre Royal Studio
As part of York International Shakespeare Festival

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain.

In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century. Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves.

Dates/Times: 18th May 2017 @ 9.15pm
Running Time: 60 mins, no interval.
Venue: Studio, York Theatre Royal, St. Leonard’s Place, York YO1 7HD
Tickets: £12 (plus £1.50 booking fee)
Bookings: 01904 623568
Website: Tickets
Jane Eyre Theatre

Jane Eyre - Grand Opera House York
Mon 22 - Sat 27 May 2017
This innovative re-imagining of Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.


Grand Opera House York

The Pulverised
31 May - 10 June 2017
York Theatre Royal
“Stop the rat race. Stop time. Stop the money. Stop the anxiety. Stop everything that has made human beings so bitter.”
One multinational. Four lives.
In every corner of the world, a critical struggle for identity.
The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life. Following an explosive premiere at the Strasbourg National Theatre, where it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature, Alexandra Badea's timely and captivating drama arrives in the UK with a new English translation.
Join the Pulverised on their extraordinary global journey, from falling in love in a Chinese factory to swimming the Senegal seas.

Comedy with Brendan Riley
Thursday 1 June 2017
The Salix Yurts, Willow House, Wigginton Rd, York YO32 2RB
A great night of entertainment which includes three comedians, a chilli supper and a fully stocked pay as you go bar. The nights entertainment lines up as follows:

7.30pm - Door Open
8pm - Warm up by host Tony Simpson
8.15pm - Act 1: Sam Harland,
8.45pm - Chilli Supper served
9.15pm - Host Tony Simpson
9.35pm - Headline Act, Brendan Riley,
10.15pm - To the bar
11pm - Doors close

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please call 07469240334 with payment card ready when calling.
Special taxi rates are available from Getaway cars.

Faith In The Questions
Thursday 8 - Saturday 10 June 2017
St Michael Le Belfrey, High Petergate, York, YO1 7
Counting The Clouds a new one act play by Nigel Forde

Followed by conversation with leading scientists
including Professor Tom McLeish FRS and Professor Stephen Smye OBE, Hon FRCP

A respected scientist and a christian, Job’s work is wrestling with the unpredictable as well as predictable structure of the universe. Is God really in control?

When his personal world is shaken to the core, how can Job re-assemble the pieces of the puzzle – professionally and spiritually?

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask?

One of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Come and raise your questions…

Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th June: 7.30pm
Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling 01904 613000 or online at:
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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Wyrd Sisters
Tuesday 20 - Wednesday 21 June 2017
Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novel, this is an adaptation for the stage by Stephen Briggs.

A wonderful comedy based loosely on Macbeth. Come and meet the Wyrd Sisters - Granny, Nanny and Magrat as they try to sort out the Kingdom when the Duke and Duchess murder the King!

Whether you're a Pratchett fan or not, this is a great play for all ages - though younger watchers beware, there are a couple of swear words to be heard!

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

Right Here Right Now
Friday 23 June 2017
Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO31 7NU
"Fast, funny, unpredictable and chaotic. This show…should be added to every comedy fan’s calendar" (York Mix)

Join us for out monthly night of comic chaos where anything can happen.

Watch as our band of improvisers take your ideas and play them for laughs as they compete to win the coveted Right Here Right Now crown!

Extremely competitive, extremely surprising & extremely silly we promise you a glorious evening of hand-crafted, ethically sourced, organic comedy made just the way you like it. Book now, it won’t be the same without you…

Friday 23 June: 7.30pm Tickets: £5
Box Office: 01904 613000

The Wizard of Oz
Friday 23 - Saturday 24 June 2017
Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Come along the yellow brick road for us in this wonderful RSC musical version of 'The Wizard of Oz', featuring all your favourite songs such as 'Over the Rainbow' and 'If I only had a brain'. Performances are 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday and a 2.30pm Matinee on the Saturday.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Haxby Road. YO31 8TA Show on Map
Tel 01904 50 1935
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Gypsy - Grand Opera House, York
28 June - 1 July 2017
Curtain up, light the lights … Gypsy, one of the greatest of all Broadway musicals, returns to York for the first time in 25 years in a new production by Pick Me Up Theatre.

The show tells the story of Momma Rose, her two daughters June and Louise, and the struggle to make a living on the 1930s Vaudeville circuit. It’s loosely based on the memoirs of the celebrated striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and focuses on her fearsomely driven mother Rose – the archetypal “Stage Mother”.

The songs in the show have become standards of the musical theatre canon – including Let Me Entertain You, Rose’s Turn, Together (Wherever We Go), Gotta Get a Gimmick and the show-stopping Everything’s Coming Up Roses.

With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy was a smash-hit when it first appeared on Broadway in 1959 – and the recent London revival won four Olivier Awards including best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton as Rose.

Susannah Baines – Mrs Lovett in Pick Me Up’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd – plays Rose in Robert Readman’s production at York's Grand Opera House.

Maya Tether (Princess Badroubadour in Disenchanted) is Dainty June, Maren Fagerås Nævdal (Little Mermaid in Disenchanted) is Louise, Nick Lewis (King Arthur in Spamalot and title role in Sweeney Todd) plays Herbie, and George Stagnell (Leon Czolgosz in Assassins) is Tulsa.

And the trio of Gotta Get A Gimmick showgirls are Katie Melia, Alexa Chaplin and Hayley Bamford, fresh from their success as the equally sassy princesses Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Pocahontas in the UK premiere of Disenchanted.


Grand Opera House York
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Much Ado About Nothing
29 June - 2 July 2017
Following on from the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year, Not Cricket bring another classic Shakespearean comedy to Yorkshire. Set in 1918, Much Ado About Nothing places this well-loved tale of young love and betrayal amidst the return of troops from the First World War. With angry siblings, match-making soldiers and an incompetent policeman or two, this witty story is fun, silly and serious by turns. Expect suffragettes, awkward disguises, and catchy wartime tunes; the perfect way to spend an English summer evening.

Please note: this show is performed outside, please dress appropriately for the weather and bring rugs or chairs. Picnics welcome. If you need a chair providing please contact Alex ( in advance to organise one.

The performance will last approximately two hours including an interval.

Music Night Presents.. The Music You Love
Sunday 2 July 2017
The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, YORK YO31
Talented Musicians and singers from the York musical theatre scene and Escrick’s popular choir “The Tuesday Singers” take to the stage and perform popular songs celebrating the many anniversaries that occur this year be they births, premieres or other “note”- worthy events!

Regular Music Director Don Pears will lead the live band and introduce the performers.
Tickets £10 from website, phone 01904 50 1935 or personal visit. See website for opening hours.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Haxby Road. YO31 8TA Show on Map
Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office 01904 50 1935
York Theatre Royal 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk
December 2017
York Theatre Royal
Tickets for this year's York Theatre Royal Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, go on sale on March 1 in person only. Box Office open from 9am. Phone sales open March 2 from 10am.

Berwick Kaler at York Theatre Royal

Box Office Tel. 01904 623568

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