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Address: St. Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD, England
Phone Number: 44-1904-623568
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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gluten free brownie-heaven

Since the Theatre Royal in York reopened, following it's fantastic refurbishment earlier this year, a new cafe has been created downstairs, with glass windows looking out... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Frances B
York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Since the Theatre Royal in York reopened, following it's fantastic refurbishment earlier this year, a new cafe has been created downstairs, with glass windows looking out through the gothic arches. To visit a city centre cafe in a lovely building, which not only offers the expected cakes and drinks, but also serves wonderful gluten free brownies - 3 different sorts... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

everyone should take time out to just sit and have a bit of fun and in doing so would help to relax and find fullfilment

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Malton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not aware of York Theatre Royal ever holding a murder, mystery event but I sincerely hope they will do it again! The evening was held in the Ballroom, the beautifully, restored building adjacent to the thestre. The cast performing the murder: Make a Killing were excellent, especially the actor playing Peregrine Lackington Whit. Sadly our evening was let down... More 

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Forest Row, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I believe that this theatre has recently been refurbished and is good theatrical experience. There is a restaurant for a pre-show meal, a cafe for tea/coffee etc, as well as a bar. The seating is very acceptable, with uninterruptable views from any seat. I would certainly visit again when I stay in York in the future.

Blairsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were visiting in York for a stay of one week in mid-August. Our trip had been planned for about six months so I had lots of time to research things to do and see before our arrival. I was thrilled when I saw that the Royal York Theater was just around the block from our lovely... More 

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Hook, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for snack lunch. Plenty of tables and good menu for lunchtime. Evening pre theatre catering looked good too. Sandwiches a bit doorstep but OK for our requirement. Clean, airy surroundings and good value. Orders taken at counter and quickly brought to the table. Friendly service.

Thank John H
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to see "When We Were Married" on Saturday 17 Sept 2016. I will never book the front row of the Upper Circle again. I am 5ft 2in and found the leg room really cramped. My companions are taller and were in considerable discomfort which really spoilt our enjoyment of the play. I see from other reviews that the front... More 

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Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Watched "When we are married" this afternoon at theatre really enjoyed fantastic cast and well produced. Lovely theatre with more leg roon than some I've been to and view of stage unhindered from everywhere.

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

While visiting we attended a classic, comedy by Priestly "When We Were Married". The group performing were pros and the play, while perhaps dated, held up in terms of comedy and insights about the societal values portrayed in that time period. The Theatre itself is very comfortable and seems like the view lines are great in every seat. We were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Sat in the stalls, all seats had a great view and it felt much more atmospheric than before. Seats very comfortable though still not a lot of leg room. Bar area and cafe excellent and stayed open after the show which was lovely as we had a wait for our bus. Jugs of water available and well done for showcasing... More 

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