York Theatre Royal

St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD Directions

Tel 01904 658162
   Now closed Open today 09:00 - 16:30

Business overview

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.

Built over 250 years ago, York Theatre Royal is home to a wide range of theatre performances and entertainment. So if you enjoy opera, dance, classics or even musicals this is the place to visit.

Find out what's on by visiting our website (www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk).

We also have a cafe, which is open all day, serving breakfasts, drinks and a full lunch and evening dinner menu. Our upstairs cafe area, with free Wifi, is the perfect place to hold smaller meetings or we offer other rooms for larger conferences and events.


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A view of the outside of York Theatre Royal
The beautiful auditorium at York Theatre Royal

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great quality drama

This theatre provides great quality drama for the majority of the year with a full and varied programme of plays musicals comedy. They also provide some children's Play in the smaller theatre having not been to any these I can't comment but the adult drama is great. Once a year Berwick Kaller puts on his annual pantomine and if you haven't seen one you haven't lived it is pantomime at its best and most traditional now Australian soaps starts in the cast just great quality actors who have roles for years.
The food on sale here is also good and lunchtime and matinees can combine to a pleasant experience
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All the world's a stage

It was a wise (and awe(some)-inspiring) play write who wrote,'All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.

The Theatre Royal is York's stage, and I've enjoyed some really splendid evenings out here. The Theatre seem to be very proficient at having a high, and quality, turn-over of plays, from the sublime, a little Ibsen, to the more ridiculous, one of the most enjoyable was a Ladies comedy night 'girls downunder'. I leave the rest to your imagination.

For all theatre enthusiasts you should know there's something funny about seats here. I've had a few experiences when the staff have been reluctant to sell just two seats for a performance, perhaps because they make more money out of group and family bookings. So do take the opportunity to ask if you are likely to have an indirect, or obstructed view.

Otherwise there's a splendid little bar area, where acts and public mingle. By day this is more home to your wibbly wobbly old ladies, for little tea delicacies, doilies and perhaps a reminiscence of times when they were last on stage. Or so I like to imagine.

Worthwhile asking about on whim, is 'seats going cheap', when a performance is about to start. A risky strategy as you never know what you're likely to end up with, performance, or seats wise. But fun, and spontaneous!

And so I end where I began this review to say, we all have our exits and our entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, a few of which are worthwhile enjoying at the York Theatre Royal.
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