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York Theatre Royal

St Leonards Place, YORK, YO1 7HD
01904 623568
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Swallows And Amazons
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Come aboard the Swallow and join John, Susan, Titty and Roger as they sail to Wildcat Island and meet Nancy and Peggy, the self-proclaimed Amazon Pirates, and the dastardly Captain Flint, in this action-packed adventure.

Arthur Ransome’s famous and much-loved children’s classic is thrillingly brought to life in Helen Edmundson’s gloriously imaginative adaptation with original music by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy.

Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed The Secret Garden, this year’s summer production is another feel-good show, packed with catchy songs and sword-buckling action that’s sure to entertain and delight the whole family.

Don’t miss the post-show discussion following the 7pm performance on Wednesday 14 August.

Hetty Feather
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ROLL UP and join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital. TREMBLE as she faces Matron Stinkingly Bottomly. THRILL as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus. GASP as she endures a night locked in the attic. QUAKE as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London and CHEER as she overcomes all in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.

From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, Hetty Feather will appeal to children aged 7+ but also their adults who either have read the book as a child or enjoy reading it to their own children.

Performed by York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre members aged 16-19, along with other younger youth theatre members aged 10+ and a group of young people with whom we have previously not engaged.

The Night Watch
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From the international number one best-selling author, Sarah Waters
Adapted by Hattie Naylor

The Night Watch is the thrilling and beautiful story from the award-winning, number one best-selling author, Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, The Paying Guest and The Little Stranger).

London in the 1940s. A time when hearts beat faster and life burned more brightly. The Night Watch is a tender, tragic and beautifully poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time.

Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor creates a gripping and theatrically inventive adaptation of this great modern novel. From the team that brought you Birdsong, The Habit of Art and The Importance of Being Earnest this eagerly anticipated brand new production is set to shine on tour for the first time.

Malory Towers
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Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, Malory Towers is the original ‘Girl Power’ story.

Fresh from the recent fantastic two-week run of Angela Carter’s Wise Children at York Theatre Royal, Emma Rice’s company is back and all set for high jinks, high drama and high spirits, with sensational music and breathtaking animation.

Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and fierce heart. Unfortunately she also has a quick temper! Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacey, or value the kind hearted Sally Hope? Can she save the school play and rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a ranging storm? If she can do these things anywhere, she will do them at Malory Towers!

This is a show for girls, boys and all us grown up children who still dream of midnight feasts and Cornish clifftops.

Black Men Walking
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“We walk. Though we are written into the landscape you don’t see us. We walked England before the English.”

Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk.

They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk…

Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards.

The first story from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement spearheading the largest ever national delivery of new Black British stories. Black Men Walking returns for a second UK tour following its huge sell out success last year.

Dedicated to the Black Men’s Walking Group.

A View from the Bridge
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In 1950s New York, respected longshoreman Eddie Carbone lives a life of seeming stability with his wife and niece in a tight knit, immigrant community bound by moral codes of justice and honour. The surprise arrival of her Sicilian cousins unravels all that they have built together as the young men search out work, wealth and love.

In the shadows of Brooklyn Bridge, the American Dream is but a shimmering mirage in Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning timeless play.

An epic production directed by Juliet Forster (Sense and Sensibility, Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes) featuring a community chorus.

Reasons To Stay Alive
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At 24 Matt’s world collapsed under the weight of depression. This is the true story of his journey out of crisis; a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better. The first theatrical adaptation of Matt Haig’s frank and funny bestseller. This play with music and movement, imagined for the stage by Jonathan Watkins, celebrates what it means to be alive.

“It’s wonderful to see a book take on other life forms, especially one as exciting and radically different as this one. I think this production will provide a fascinating way to look at depression and mental health. I’m so pleased it’s happening.” Matt Haig

An English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres Co-Production.

Nigel Slater's Toast
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Toast vividly recreates Nigel Slater’s childhood through the tastes and smells he shares with his mother, culminating in the young Nigel’s escape to London. From making the perfect sherry trifle, through the playground politics of sweets, the rigid rules of restaurant dining, and a domestic war over cakes, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and…toast.

Hello And Goodbye
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This is 57A Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Even in darkness you can tell that this place needs a broom. A single electric light buzzes over the kitchen table and Johnnie is being visited by his sister, Hester, after a very long absence.

Yes, says Johnnie; he and Daddy are getting along well enough but, no, she must not talk to him because he’s asleep in the next room. Tough, says Hester, there’s a late train leaving for Johannesburg and she’s taking it, along with her share of the loot.

From Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, York Theatre Royal presents a biting yet beautiful parable. Hello and Goodbye is a tense meditation on family, selfishness and redemption.

Sleeping Beauty
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York’s much-loved pantomime family returns with Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, A.J Powell and the dastardly David Leonard in a spectacular new show for the whole family. Join us again this year for what promises to be a magical Christmas treat, spinning together hilarious gags, stunning costumes, sparkling sets, thrilling choreography and foot-tapping songs.

Make Sleeping Beauty a part of your festive celebrations.

Alone in Berlin
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Berlin, 1940, a city ruled by fear. A silent campaign of defiance.

A gripping portrait of life in wartime Berlin and a vividly theatrical study of how paranoia can warp a society gripped by the fear of the night-time knock on the door.

Based on true events, Alone in Berlin follows a quietly courageous couple, Otto and Anna Quangel who, in dealing with their own heartbreak, stand up to the brutal reality of the Nazi regime. With the smallest of acts, they defy Hitler’s rule with extraordinary bravery, facing the gravest of consequences.

Adapted by celebrated playwright Alistair Beaton (Feelgood, The Populist, The Trial of Tony Blair), this timely story of the moral power of personal resistance sees the Gestapo launch a massive hunt for the perpetrators and Otto and Anna negotiate the insidious effects of absolute power and find themselves players in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

A Royal & Derngate and York Theatre Royal Co-production, in association with Oxford Playhouse.

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 producing 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.

Over the last ten years York Theatre Royal’s work has expanded to include collaborations with the wider community and school groups both on and off stage. The theatre has seen an increase in the number of young people wanting to get involved and as a result they now have one of the largest youth theatre groups in the country with over 300 members.

In recent years, the theatre has had huge success in terms of number of attendees and various awards recognising their work for The Railway Children hosted at the National Railway Museum and then transferred to the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo, and the large scale production of the York Mystery Plays 2012 involving over 1,000 members of the community.


York Theatre Royal is situated in the heart of York, in the shadow of York Minster. York Railway Station is just 10 minutes' walk away, giving excellent connections to the rest of the UK.

A number of local bus services stop directly outside the theatre including numbers 1, 2, 5, 5A, 6, 19, 29, 30, 31, 31X, 40, 56, 58, 812 and 884. For information on bus routes and times, please visit the First and Transdev websites.

The theatre is approximately 40 minutes' drive from Harrogate, 45 minutes from Leeds (city centre), 1hr from Hull and 30 minutes from junction 45 of the A1(M). There are a number of car parks close to the theatre, but space can be limited so please allow enough time to park and walk in. The city centre car parks can be expensive, so you may want to use York's Park & Ride scheme for a day visit.



Open daily
Mon – Sat 10am – 8pm on show days
Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm on non-show days

Our Colonnade Café provides soft seating in an area flooded with natural light from floor to ceiling windows, which are perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by.

During the day our café, which opens at 10am, provides a range of teas and coffees, supplied by York Coffee Emporium. Alongside this, the café offers homemade quiche, frittata and sandwiches, served with our accompanying range of fresh salads.

Homemade meals from our team of talented chefs are available to order through the café (or bistro bar when open) – these take locally sourced ingredients to make tasty and balanced dishes suitable for any time of day. The kitchen menu is available until 7pm on show days, or 4pm on non-show days.

For something sweet, as an afternoon treat or to finish a meal, we have a range of fresh cakes and traybakes available across the café counter.

We also provide a kids menu. At £4.95, this comprises a hot main course, drink and Little Bloc ice cream, which is free of refined sugar.


Our bars are open from an hour before the start of a performance – they supply a select range of beers, wines and spirits. Our wine list, is curated in conjunction with Yorkshire Vintners and offers a range of new and old world wines across a spectrum of pricing. Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, supply our range of draught and bottled drinks, including their own iconic Black Sheep Bitter. We also stock a range of bottles from our panto sponsors, York Brewery.

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