Theatre season in full swing

York Theatre Royal is known for its beautiful building, its much-lauded resident company Belt Up Theatre and its young adult-friendly ticket pricing, as well as its high-quality productions. Established in 1744, the theatre was rebuilt and renamed in the 1760s after being granted a royal patent. It has since been refurbished a number of times, but this year marks a new season for the playhouse, as its main stage is transformed into an in the round performance space for the forthcoming eight productions.

The season kicked off in early May with a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, ending last Saturday. The season will continue with productions that swing between child-friendly and fantastical, with comedy and drama. In particular, July will see a run-up to a summer production of the York Mystery Plays, in Two Planks and a Passion by Anthony Minghella. The play, set in 1392, explores the community aspect of the plays as labourers from the Painter’s Guild prepare to perform their play for the festival of Corpus Christi.

Further into the summer, an adaptation of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan is to be performed through August, from a team that has also performed The Railway Children and The Wind in the Willows. The play is by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and features Belt Up Theatre working alongside the YTR team, including a young cast to play the Lost Boys. The season concludes with Black Bird by David Harrower in late October and early November, exploring a relationship between a 40 year old man and a 12 year old girl and how their futures intertwine.

The Theatre Royal’s season is guaranteed to be varied and full of must-see performances that cannot be missed. With award-winning theatre companies and actors gracing the new in-the-round stage, there are also performances of other smaller productions being held in the Theatre Royal’s Studio space, including an October performance of Christopher Marlowe’s Tragical History of Dr Faustus. There are also rehearsed readings, backstage tours, and free music events taking place on selected Mondays over the summer. If you like theatre and if you’re in York there is no other place to be than the Theatre Royal this summer.


About the author

Paul is a second year English & Related Literature undergraduate student at the University of York and writes for the university’s student magazine- York Vision. He also keeps a blog at


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