Happy 275th birthday to York Theatre Royal!

York Theatre Royal is celebrating its 275th birthday by opening its doors for a weekend of family fun from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August.

Activities include free 30-minute guided tours of the theatre, giving people the chance to enter the hidden backstage world, discover the secrets of the Grade II listed building and learn more about its history. The building was originally built over a 12th century hospital but after many changes now has a Georgian interior, Victorian façade, 1960s poured concrete addition and now a 21st century touch to include improved access and flexibility. 

There’s also a Digital Ghost Hunt with actor and ghost enthusiast Julian Fitzmaurice, taking audiences on a ghost hunt along the theatre’s creepy corridors. Tickets cost just £5 for over 16s (the show is suitable for 8+, so anyone between 8-16 gos for free), and discusses the spooky goings on that have happened at the theatre over the years.

The De Grey Rooms will be transformed for a costume exhibition between 11am-4pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August. Pauline and Claire from Costume Hire will tell the stories behind the costumes. This is another exciting free exhibition, a rare chance to see precious items and hand-drawn designs from past productions.

There’s also a BBQ on the patio, as well as a delicious range of treats served by the cafe. The Friends of York Theatre Royal are also hosting a cake and crafts sale.

If you’re interested in learning how to sing, the York Theatre Royal Choir are offering a free taster session on Saturday 10th August, 11.30am-12.15pm, then 2.45-3.30pm and on Sunday 11th August, 1-1.45pm.

The theatre’s volunteer photography group will be sharing photographs of the theatre and its productions on the Foyer screens.

I am SO excited for this event. It’s got everything you need to have an amazing, informative day out at a beautiful building and inspiring theatre.

To book any of the activities, visit www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

Photograph credited to Alex Holland

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