Get ready for York Theatre Royal’s Summer of Love season

You’re in for a proper treat this summer thanks to York Theatre Royal!

Following its immensely successful Travelling Pantomime, which visited over a dozen venues in the city over Christmas, York Theatre Royal is doing the same thing during its Summer of Love season.

From 6th – 21st August, it’ll be taking a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days to three outdoor venues in York, as well as ending the tour on stage at the Theatre Royal. It’s being adapted by Creative Director Juliet Forster.

Juliet said: “As one of the characters in the play says: ‘If you can’t travel to exciting parts of the globe this summer, don’t despair – we are here to bring the world to you!’ That is the spirit of this production really. Many of us are feeling disappointed that there are still a lot of restrictions around travelling this summer, so this show is the perfect opportunity for some armchair tourism – or rather, picnic blanket tourism.

“Jules Verne’s story is a lot of fun as the characters race against time to complete a full circuit of the earth, and in this version, fact and fiction also go head to head as real-life investigative journalist Nellie Bly, puts in an appearance. It’s going to be a joyful, very energetic, very silly and highly acrobatic re-telling of the story, delivering the kind of experience that live theatre does best.”

York Theatre Royal is also staging Mugabe, My Dad and Me from 9th – 18th September. It was originally scheduled to debut in May 2020, so it’s great to see this show back up and running.

Written and performed by Tonderai Munyevu, the show will chart the rise and fall of Robert Mugabe through the personal story of Tonderai’s family and the relationship with his father.

Directing is York Theatre Royal Artistic Associate John R. Wilkinson, whose previous work includes Athol Fugard’s Hello & Goodbye at York Theatre Royal and Winter at the Young Vic for which he won the 2018 Genesis Future Directors Award.

I’m particularly looking forward to the critically-acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita coming to York! The show, which comes to York from 31st August to 4th September, will star Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson and is directed by Max Roberts.

Most people will know the award-winning film version of the play which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine. It follows married Liverpool hairdresser Rita and her encounters with university tutor Frank while studying on an Open University course.

It’s one of my favourite plays and Stephen Tompkinson is one of my favourite actors, so this is a total win-win for me and I can’t wait to see it!

For more information on any of the shows, visit the York Theatre Royal website.

Photograph provided by York Theatre Royal

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