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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 - 11:00
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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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Excellent show- cast amazing. Theatre although old perfect setting.

Hi I booked online with York Theatre Royal- tickets arrived for John Cooper Studio Theatre- 41 Monkgate. A small theatre in a ? Church Hall -but perfect for the show- 'Goodnight... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
angela k
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Hi I booked online with York Theatre Royal- tickets arrived for John Cooper Studio Theatre- 41 Monkgate. A small theatre in a ? Church Hall -but perfect for the show- 'Goodnight Mister Tom'. With only a couple dozen seats in the theatre- the space was well utilised & the audience became part of the show. A wonderful experience. The show... More 

Thank angela k
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Took mum here for a belated Mother's Day treat to see Silver linings. Lovely clean facilities and friendly staff, not overly warm (as with a lot of theatres) and thoroughly enjoyed the performance (silver linings, bizarre but funny!) Will be looking out for future shows here, great location! We made it to the train in less than 7 minutes after... More 

Thank Kate J
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Although this was not performed in the theatre itself ,but in the Castle Museum, I need to record my thanks to the young people involved. We had a great time, felt very involved into the story of York during WW1. What a great idea to perform in Kirkgate. There were some stars in the making and I hope some remain... More 

Thank Fiona186346
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We visited on Saturday for the first time since the refurbishment. Was impressed with the work, nice atmosphere and lovely cafe area. We asked about dietary requirements as need dairy free but sadly nothing was suitable. It wouldn't be very difficult to have one option dairy free or just vegan to cover all aspects! Please consider it. They did have... More 

Thank Serafina529
Burnley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

This was the first time visiting this theatre and were pleasantly surprised by how helpful all the staff were especially regarding the treatment of the disabled. Very commendable. Good seating and reduced ticket prices combined with a particularly good play made this a delightful experience.

Thank Diane G
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We went to the café/bar here because it was open in the evening and is well spoken of as a café . Unfortunately the refurbished design is so bad that we missed meeting each other promptly since it is so hard to see the other tables from any of the 3-ish eating areas ! When we finally sat down at... More 

Thank Rukshana A
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Yesterday I attended the afternoon performance of the King and I with my 90yr old mother who has difficulty walking. We were seated in row F which has about as far up as my mother could walk to (there were 4 steps) but had an ideal view of the stage. The staff were very helpful especially the chap checking our... More 

Thank Jane S
Aldridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Very nice evening at the theatre muture drama realy good the king and I .was given free upgrade only paid ten pounds so bonus. Nice facility s and freindly staff .pleasantly surprised only downfall to far to get ice cream at interval especially when there was no spoon in the tub and had to go back and wait in Que... More 

Thank kenlees2017
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

On the positive side the cafe is very good and the staff helpful. But .... A lot of money has been spent on the recent refurbishment yet the customer experience is disappointing. Weird rake on the stalls means there is virtually no leg room except in rows A-D - but in those you're gazing up at the stage at an... More 

Thank Peter B
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

It is years since I've been to a theatre and was a little sceptical but went along with my wife because she wanted to go, I was pleasantly surprised we ate in the bistro which the service and food was great, then into the performance which was brilliant from start to finish it has definitely converted me to the theatre... More 

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