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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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Cinderella the panto was excellent

Very entertaining and full of humour with traditional panto fun. The costumes were just amazing and the cast just made the performance with constant audience participation. This... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 January 2017
York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Cinderella was good, but not as good as previous years as there was obviously no dame, felt a bit forced in places. As usual David Leonard stole the show, and even he wasn't his usual evil self on stage. Still great entertainment though 😎

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Very entertaining and full of humour with traditional panto fun. The costumes were just amazing and the cast just made the performance with constant audience participation. This panto had a certain style which really added to the adult humour, really liked the addition of video with stars, local celebrities filmed in York to include a few locals. We sat in... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Visited here last night to watch the Magical Cinderella Panto with my son, daughter in law & my little princess. The Panto was brilliant as usual & as I'm reviewing the Theatre not criticising the Panto, like previous advisors that's all I will say about the Panto! The theatre royal is an old building, that needed a refurb, saying that... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This is the first show we have seen in the new auditorium and the consensus was we did not like the new layout. It is very claustrophobic. There are a lot less seats in the stalls, which now taper up towards the dress circle so you can touch the people on the back row from the front row of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great theatre made better by the recent refurbishment but they made one massive mistake...the toilets. They weren't the best designed before but whoever was in charge of design of the gents needs a good telling off. The new design are tiny meaning you can hardly move, there is one hand drier that if you are using no... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I enjoyed seeing last years show at the NRM however it was great to see it back at the refurbished theatre. I was sorry to see that Martin Barrass wasn't well enough to take part but PJ Powell did a stirling job in his absence especially in the slapstick scene. I love Berwick Kalers pantomimes as they are so random.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

My husband & I decided to eat at the theatre before our annual pantomime visit on New Year's Eve and were pleasantly surprised at the standard of the food. We ate in the Collonade bar on the ground floor , did not have to book a table in advance, and ordered just 1 course each. We then followed this with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Went here last night with family to see Cinderella it was amazing very talented actors great night such a laugh ☺

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This has to be the worst panto I have ever seen including some, bad school productions! From start to finish this was complete rubbish with bad acting and second rate singing. Don't waste your money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Although we enjoyed last year's Panto at the National Railway Museum, the Theatre Royal feels like the natural home for Berwick's "usual rubbish!" We thoroughly enjoyed this year's "proper" Panto of Cinderella. The whole cast were on excellent form and there were some amusing surprises! Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable evening in refurbished and comfortable surroundings.

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