Look forward to the York Theatre Royal Spring / Summer

It’s neaaaarly creeping into spring and I’m all set for the Spring / Summer show season!

York Theatre Royal has released an exciting line-up of shows. I’ll make it super easy for you and pop it all into an easy read bullet point list:

  • The Crescent (18th-19th Jan, The Crescent) – devised and created by YTR Youth Theatre 16+ group. 
  • Grease (13th-23rd February) – York Light present this sweet musical about two very different high school teens who fall in love.
  • Dance Double Bill (15th Feb, Studio) programmed in partnership with York Dance Space
  • SLAP festival (20th-23rd February, Studio) returns with a variety of contemporary performances.
  • Madagascar the Musical (26th February-2nd March) – Based on the Dreamworks animated movies which finds Alex the lion (played by X Factor winner Matt Terry) escaping from the zoo and journeying to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
  • Grandad’s Island (26th Feb-2nd March, Studio) is taken from Benji Davies’ award-winning book covering themes of love and loss.
  • Wise Children (5th-16th March) – Director Emma Rice brings her unique vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel – expect showgirls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal and music, mischief and mistaken identity!
  • The Duchess of Malfi (6th-16th March, Studio) – York Settlement Community Players stage a modern new production of John Webster’s Jacobean drama.
  • The Remains of the Day (19th-23rd March) – an adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel.
  • SparkPlug (19th-20th March, Studio), the story of a white man who becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child. 
  • Old Herbaceous (22nd March) is a humorous portrayal of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants.
  • Orlando (26th March, Studio) is part of York Literature Festival – a radical take on Virginia Woolf’s romp through British history.
  • Macbeth (25th&26th March) is presented by York Associate Schools, who will perform selected scenes from Shakespeare’s classic tale of power and ambition.
  • English Touring Opera (29th&30th March) – bringing two one-nighters featuring its largest chorus and cast to date.
  • Waxings (30th March, Studio) English Touring Opera is taking part in York Literature Festival with this show, aimed at children aged 2-5 years and young audiences with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Noughts & Crosses (2nd-6th April) – developed for younger audiences, this new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s first book will follow a capitvating love story set in a volatile, racially segregated society.
  • Romeo and Juliet (Studio, 4-6 April) – Performed by the 14-16s in the YTR Youth Theatre.
  • Heart of Darkness (9th-10th April) – this bold re-telling fuses live performance with cinema, soundscape and graphic novel.
  • Rotterdam (11th-13th April) – a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.
  • Oh No It Isn’t! (17th-18th April, Studio), York actor Luke Adamson discusses a panto in the provinces. 
  • In the Willows (16th-20th April) – a hip hop musical of The Wind in the Willows, starring Olivier Award-winning Clive Rowe.
  • Handbagged (24th April-11th May) – Moira Buffini’s hit comedy imagines what might have happened at the Queen’s weekly meetings with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
  • National Theatre Connections (1st-12th May, Studio) brings 21 school and young companies together to perform ten shows written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights.
  • Much Ado About Nothing (14th-18th May) – Northern Broadsides bring Shakespeare to York, with Reece Dinsdale playing Benedick.
  • Turn of the Screw (21st May – 1st June) – this ghostly story follows a young governess and the two orphaned children she agrees to look after in a seemingly idyllic country house
  • Driving Miss Daisy (7th-29th June) – Made famous by the Oscar-winning film, the story follows a friendship that blossoms over two decades between an elderly widow and her driver.
  • Horrible Histories Live On Stage! Dreadful Days To Be Deaf (7th-8th June, Studio) is a bilingual production in spoken English and British Sign Language that promises to be “a truly frightful treat for all the family”.
  • Brainstorm (13th-15th June, Studio) – Presented by the 11-13s YTR Youth Theatre Group.
  • Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine (19th-22nd June, Studio) is a tutti frutti production told in words, sign, colours, music and movement in a show that’s all about how we communicate.
  • Side by Side by Sondheim (27th-29th June, Studio) – York Light Operatic Company presents songs from Sondheim shows.
  • Swallows & Amazons (26th July-24th August) – This adaptation is an action-packed adventure to Wildcat Island.
  • Hetty Feather (30th August-1st September) – Jacqueline Wilson’s hit novel is performed by the YTR Youth Theatre.

For full details of the spring/summer 2019 season visit yorktheatreroyal.co.uk – it’s going to be a busy 2019! 

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