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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.
THE COLONNADE CAFEOpen daily Mon – Sat 10am – 8pm on show daysMon – Sat 10am – 5pm on non-show daysOur 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.
For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/page/access.php
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