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York Theatre Royal

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Address: St. Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD, England
Phone Number:
+44 1904 623568
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue - Wed 09:00 - 11:00
Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 09:00 - 11:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of...

York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 250 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. The theatre reopened Friday 22 April following a £6million redevelopment, with a new roof, an extended and re-modelled front of house area, a refurbished and redecorated main auditorium and with major improvements to access and environmental impact. York Theatre Royal is now a building fit for a 21st century audience that will be sustainable and able to thrive into the future.

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Sue Perkins

Went to see Sue Perkins in March, mid-week. We had seats on the last row of the Upper Circle - the last two seats that had been available for that night - and had a good view of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to see Sue Perkins in March, mid-week. We had seats on the last row of the Upper Circle - the last two seats that had been available for that night - and had a good view of the stage. There were plenty of staff members around to provide help/directions, and they were all friendly. Will definitely go again, already... More 

Thank PurpleManda
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108 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent viewing from every very comfortable seat- you feel closer to the stage in the circle than in the first 12 rows if any stalls. Tickets are much more reasonsably priced than in Leeds or other York theares. Just a lovely place to be watching any performance. There is also a really nice cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.

Thank Froggetts
Glossop, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was truly stunning. Gifted, harmonised actor/musicians drew us into their world. I didn't want to leave. Go and see it!

Thank mimshg
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely little theatre. All staff very friendly and didn't look like there was a bad seat in the house. Decided to stay after a matinee performance for cake and coffee, and the quality and atmosphere in the cafe was excellent. Highly recommend this theatre.

1 Thank Andy D
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240 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought the last review here was incredibly negative and totally unfounded! We are visitors to York and booked this in advance of our visit. What a lovely theatre! Seems to have been very lovingly restored too. We really enjoyed the production too, weren't familiar with the story and thought the acting great throughout. The only negative was an under... More 

Thank kirkgirl
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171 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first visit to YTR since its £6m redevelopment. Not a memorable evening, I'm afraid to say. The play, an adaptation of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was distinctly average; not helped by weak-voiced actress Phoebe Pryce (playing Helen Graham) finding it necessary to shout her lines throughout. Given the cost of theatre (in this case, £26 for a seat... More 

Thank Andrew G
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful venue that blends old and new, the Theatre Royal is one of the two main theatres in York. I was here to watch a matinée performance of the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It was a good production, but I felt the latter half was a little rushed. Staff were very friendly. I would very happily return here.

Thank JEM_Yorkshire
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing show fantastic talented cast could not have asked for a better night out! The theatre is really beautiful and we will return.

Thank Nicola R
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I have seen 4 previous productions of this moving show and this was the best. Layton Williams who plays Angel is brilliant. The part is always played by a talented actor however the dynamic energy he brings to the role with the subtly of his interactions with the other cast is outstanding. Well worth seeing. The theatre is tight but... More 

Thank Dave R
Horsham UK
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208 reviews
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Such a skilled troupe - all could sing, dance and play at lest one musical instrument. They brought out all the humour, and turned on the pathos of this classic tale of loves and lives lost though timidity. "Roxanne" with a broad, smiley and almost naive Scots accent was absolutely superb. "Cyrno" himelf was as magnificent as his nose!

Thank IGGAHorshamUK

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