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York Theatre Royal

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In Person: St Leonards Place, YORK, YO1 7HD
Phone: 01904 623568

What's On Highlights

Jack and the Beanstalk
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Starring Nina Wadia as Fairy Sugarsnap (EastEnders, Citizen Khan, Still Open All Hours, Goodness Gracious Me), James Mackenzie as the villainous Luke Backinanger (CBBC’s adventure game show Raven and CBeebies’ Molly and Mack) and York favourite Robin Simpson (Mrs Smee in All New Adventures of Peter Pan and Manky in Cinderella), as the hilarious Dame Trott!

The show will be written by Paul Hendy and directed by Juliet Forster. With stunning sets, hilarious comedy and breath-taking special effects, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be our most spectacular pantomime ever! This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family… So don’t miss this GIANT of a pantomime!

Access Performances:
Dementia Friendly Performance – Fri 22 Dec at 2:30pm
Relaxed Performance – Sun 31 Dec at 11am
British Sign Language Interpreted Performance – Wed 03 Jan at 1pm
Audio Described Performance – Sat 6 Jan at 1pm
Captioned Performance – Sat 6 Jan at 1pm

The Little Mermaid
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In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful mermaid, Ariel dreams of living in the world above and falls in love with a human, Prince Eric.

To make her dreams come true, she makes a deal with the wicked sea witch, Ursula. But the bargain is not what it seems… Ariel’s friends: Flounder, Scuttle, and Sebastian come to her rescue.

This enchanting musical tale features unforgettable songs like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Join us for singing, dancing, and adventure as York Light Opera Company bring this timeless Disney classic to life!

Age guidance: 6+

British Sign Language Interpreted Performance – Tue 13 Feb at 7.30pm.

A Song for Ella Grey
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This new production is a magical retelling of the Orpheus myth, full of music, sound and storytelling.

Claire and her best friend, Ella Grey, are ordinary kids from ordinary families in an ordinary world. They and their friends fall in and out of love, play music and dance, stare at the stars, yearn for excitement, and have parties on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland. One day a stranger, a musician called Orpheus, appears on the beach, and entrances them all but particularly Ella. Where has Orpheus come from and what path will Ella follow? A tale of modern teenagers and ancient forces, a tale told since the dawn of time and told again today.

Age guidance: 13+

Join us for first night fizz on Tue 20 Feb after the 7pm performance – all audience members will get a complimentary glass of fizz.

Join us for a post-show discussion after the Fri 23 Feb performance.

Audio Described Performance – Sat 24 Feb at 2pm

Blue Beard
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Blue Beard the magician makes hearts flutter and pupils dilate with a wink, a stroke and a flick - things just seem to vanish. Cards, coins, scarves... and women,

A Wise Children, Birmingham Rep, HOME Manchester, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and York Theatre Royal co-production. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice

Bluebeard meets his match when his young bride discovers his dark and murderous secret. She summons all her rage, all her smarts and all her sisters to bring the curtain down on his tyrannous reign.

Emma Rice brings her own brand of theatrical wonder to this most beguiling and disturbing of tales. With her signature sleight of hand, Blue Beard explores curiosity and consent, violence and vengeance – all through an intoxicating lens of music, wit and tender truth.

When someone tells you not to look, OPEN THE BLOODY DOOR!

Age guidance: 12+

Join us for first night fizz on Tue 27 Feb after the 7.30pm performance – all audience members will get a complimentary glass of fizz.

Join us for a post-show discussion after the Fri 01 Mar performance.

Access Performances
British Sign Language Interpreted Performance – Thu 07 Mar at 7.30pm
Audio Described & Captioned Performance – Sat 09 Mar at 2.30pm

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Join Les, Ralph, Judd and Lucky Eric as they relive a night in a Yorkshire disco in the 80s. Like a hideously funny Saturday Night Fever, the original Bouncers is back in town. Everyone will be there: the DJ, the girls, boys and the fish and chip van.

Hilarious, vulgar, frenetic and highly physical, the play has become an international sensation, gathering awards from around the world. Often imitated but never beaten, the original Bouncers is eye- wateringly funny, celebratory and as relevant today as it ever was. With a pumping 80’s soundtrack, this new production takes us back to the glorious highs when disco was king, and everyone lived for the weekend. Like a hideously funny Saturday Night Fever, Bouncers is more a social phenomenon than a play.

Celebrate good times, Come on! But if your names not down, you’re not coming in! BOUNCERS, they only come out at night.

Age guidance: 15+. Strong Language & Sexual References

Join us for a post-show discussion after the Fri 05 Apr performance.


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.

Access Info

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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.

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