York Theatre Royal to reopen following redevelopment project

Date Posted: 26/12/2015

After a £4.1 million redevelopment project the historic York Theatre Royal will re-open in spring 2016.

The theatre was built in 1744 on the site of the Medieval St. Leonard’s Hospital. Parts of the old hospital can still be seen in the building including archways and walls, and under the stage lies a well, which is believed to date back to the Roman era.

The redevelopment project started in March 2015 and will see extended foyer spaces created, a revamped 1,000 seat auditorium built and improved access developed around the building.

An April showing of Brideshead Revisited

In time for the theatre’s reopening, York Theatre Royal and English Touring Theatre are producing an adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, which will run from 22nd to 30th April, prior to the production touring the UK.

In Bryony Lavery’s new reimagining of the classic novel, Charles Ryder confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with Brideshead Castle and its assortment of eccentric inhabitants.

An after-show discussion is free to ticket holders on 27th April, giving audience members a chance to meet the cast and creative team and ask questions about the making of the show.

Sherlock Holmes in the summer

During the summer, the theatre will host a four week run of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes The Hound of the Baskervilles – with a twist.

Running from 29th July to 27th August, the murder mystery is described as family friendly, hysterical and a mad theatrical extravaganza.

The plot follows the story of Sir Charles Baskerville, who is found dead on his Dartmoor Estate with a look of bewilderment on his face and suspicious paw prints next to his body. 

The legendary detective Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson must solve the mystery of the Baskerville curse before anyone else comes to a grisly end.

GTOs booking for their group to see the show will receive £2 off every ticket when booking for ten or more.

For further information call 01904-623568 or visit www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

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