Theatre@41 gets support from the arts community

Like many theatres, Theatre@41 in York has faced many challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since its opening on Monkgate in 1998, the Victorian venue has been transformed for some of the most critically acclaimed productions staged in the city. It also operates as a much-needed rehearsal space and dance studio. 

To help ensure the venue survives, the charity’s Board of Trustees has enlisted a host of new patrons to help increase publicity and start planning its ambitious return post-lockdown. 

These famous faces include York-born actor David Bradley (known for his roles in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Broadchurch), comedian Rosie Jones, Karen Henthorn (National Theatre’s War Horse), John McArdle (Brookside and Emmerdale), Stephen Dolginoff (Thrill Me, Monster Makers and Flames) and Felicity Cooper who is the daughter of the theatre’s founder and former Chair Jim Welsman. 

The venue is often thought of as a more intimate performance space compared to the city’s bigger venues such as York Theatre Royal. It is just as vital to the arts scene as its bigger counterparts. 

Current Chair Joe Wawrzyniak said he approached the new patrons as part of an exciting development plan for Theatre @41. He said: “We have a great vision for Theatre@41 and we want to shout it from the rafters. What better way to get started than to involve a high-profile group of patrons who are all
passionate about the arts? Everyone is keen to get involved – we are very lucky to have this wonderful new group on board.
“We are home to York Stage School which encourages young people to get involved in performance, Pick Me Up Theatre who regularly present new writing and premieres, and Once Seen Theatre Company who specialise in working with adults with learning and physical disabilities. We can now boast patrons who represent some of the areas of the arts that we work in. It’s our mission to keep the vibrant, inclusive spirit of Theatre@41 going, and for this
fabulous, versatile venue to continue to grow. Our new patrons will be there to help us all the way.”
For more information about the venue, visit the website

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