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03/07/2013

Three Legends announced in new autumn season King Arthur, Richard III and Berwick Kaler

York Theatre Royal’s Yorkshire Season continues with an inventive and spectacular summer theatre show, an hilarious 1940s farce, Cinderella in the Ballroom and an epic promenade performance through the streets of York, plus many more productions to suit all tastes and ages including some of the biggest names in comedy, music and new writing.

Following the huge success of previous summer productions including The Railway Children which transferred to London, Peter Pan and 2012’s ambitious York Mystery Plays, 2013 sees another York Theatre Royal family blockbuster The Legend of King Arthur, written by Mike Kenny and directed by Damian Cruden. This must-see summer holiday event for all the family will entirely transform the theatre into Camelot and will bring to life the fantastical tale with live music, stunning sword fights and magical sorcery. Meet Arthur, his sword Excalibur, the Lady of the Lake, brave Lancelot and Queen Gwenevere and you can learn to become a Knight at Knight School, become a master of Heraldry, have a go at Jousting and eat at the Round Table. Make a day of it with The Legend of King Arthur Experience 24 July – 31 August.

From 20 September to 12 October York Theatre Royal presents a new production of the popular 1940s British comedy See How They Run - family friendly farce at its most frantic and hilarious, written by Philip King and part of the Yorkshire Season. War is about to break out in frightfully English Merton-cum-Middlewick, but the conflict is mostly over the Harvest Festival decorations. In one madcap evening a high powered Bishop, a handsome actor, an escaped German prisoner of war, a curtain-twitching neighbour and several dog-collared clerics descend on the usually sleepy vicarage. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal co-production written by Mike Kenny in the Studio from 26 September to 12 October. Inspired by the famous Aesop Fable, this wonderful play has a gifted ensemble of actor musicians and offers special Theatre Days for School Groups allowing students and teachers to explore the themes of the story in a variety of different ways before watching a performance.

Pilot Theatre, Slung Low and York Theatre Royal collaborate for the first time to present Blood and Chocolate, a citywide theatrical adventure through the streets of York with a cast of over 200 from 3 to 20 October. Written by Mike Kenny and part of the Yorkshire Season, this production offers audiences theatre on an epic, cinematic scale as they will watch events unfold in and around some of York’s landmark buildings whilst listening in to characters conversations via headphones. Celebrating the stories of York’s chocolate history, factories and memories of the workers, owners and young men who gave their lives to defend the homeland this is theatre as you have never seen or heard it before.

From 19 to 30 November York Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present a new production of Shakespeare’s Richard III as part of the Yorkshire Season and York’s citywide Richard III festival. This production explores the parallels between the devious Richard, who is full of paranoia, humour and irresistible charm, and our modern world of political monsters; men who have led campaigns of fear and oppression with seductive rhetoric and persuasiveness, in the pursuit of absolute power.

From 25 October to 16 November York Theatre Royal presents Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down in the Studio. Written by Richard Cameron as a series of interconnected monologues, this multi-award winning play is as beautiful as it is tragic. Set in South Yorkshire, against the noir mode of moorland, water and stone, this is an extraordinarily delicate portrait of love, perseverance, heartbreak and strength.

Award-winning British playwright Peter Shaffer’s The Private Ear, The Public Eye, a West End and Broadway hit in 1962 which made stars out of Kenneth Williams and Maggie Smith, comes to York from 29 October to 2 November. The first major revival in 50 years of these intimate one act comedies gives us a fascinating window into the changing attitudes to life and love in the 60s.

English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre Kingston present Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts from 12 to 16 November, translated and directed by Stephen Unwin. This production of Ibsen’s masterpiece is inspired by the artist Edvard Munch’s extraordinary stage designs for the play, previously seen only once in Berlin in 1906.

A special treat for three to eight year olds this Christmas is a magical production of Cinderella in the Ballroom of the De Grey Rooms with live music, shadow puppetry and storytelling from 7 to 31 December. TongueTied Theatre, Telling Tales and York Theatre Royal invite you to come and be part of one of the most famous stories ever told in Cinderella’s very own ballroom, the perfect setting for this festive tale.

And to round off the year in traditional style York Theatre Royal presents Aladdin and The Twankeys, 12 December to 1 February, written by and starring Berwick Kaler. Consistently praised for being the best pantomime in the country, with the nation’s longest standing Dame, the show receives national and international acclaim every year. Have you got your tickets yet?

From 14 February to 1 March 2014 York Theatre Royal, Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Bolton Octagon present a new production of Brassed Off, adapted by Paul Allen based on the screenplay by Mark Herman, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike of 1984. Featuring The Railway Institute Golden Rail Band, this funny and heart-warming drama is a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit in triumph against all the odds.

More Main House highlights in the new season include comedians Andy Parsons on 13 September and Adam Hills on 8 November; Phoenix Dance Theatre on 6 & 7 November; York Opera’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco from 23 to 26 October; and Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion a powerhouse of Jazz and African rhythms on 9 November.

Studio highlights include: Secret Honour, the last testament of Richard Nixon, on 11 September; Floating, a moving, beautiful play about the beating heart of the NHS, on 12 September; The Trials and Tribulations of Mr Pickwick on 13 September; Salida Productions’ Formby, a unique one man performance about one of Britain’s biggest stars on 17 and 18 September; Awkward Annie on 30 September, written and performed by Victoria Sharples, York St John University Prize Winner 2013; Tara Arts production of Sita’s Story for children aged 5 to 11 years; and York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre perform Twice Upon a Time by award-winning writer Neil Duffield from 28 to 30 November.

The young and talented Takeover team are back with another creative, original and brilliant Takeover Festival including: The Only Way Is Chelsea’s, the culmination performance of a theatre project with teenagers from 15 to 19 October; an all-female production of Titus Andronicus presented by Smooth Faced Gentleman on 17 October; The Elephant Bridesmaid by Steven Lee for children and families; and Champions of Magic, both on 19 October.

Performance Storytelling in the Studio by The Crick Crack Club includes Crow, by Dominic Kelly, a powerful performance of myth, fairytale and biography, on 19 September; The Old Woman, The Buffalo and The Lion of Manding by Jan Blake, Kouame Sereba and Raymond Sereba, an inspiring tale reaching from 13th century Africa to the conflicts of our own time, on 12 October; and Mr Sandmann-Bringer of Dreams and Nightmares, by Ben Haggarty, drawing on urban legend and folklore as well as Hans Andersen and Nick Cave, on 23 November.

In October half-term there is a Family Arts Festival full of food, fun, games and adventures in the De Grey Ballroom, next door to the Theatre, from 30 October to 2 November. There will be food and craft activtiies, a storytelling workshop, family Zumba class, a singing workshop, stage combat workshop and performance.

The De Grey Ballroom hosts a range of events including a Northern Soul Night and a Burns Night Ceilidh, and is available for Hire for Weddings, Parties and Conferences. For more information contact Lindsay Whitwell, Events Coordinator on 01904 715455 or lindsay.whitwell@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

For more information about these productions and to book tickets for all of the many events in York Theatre Royal’s autumn season, please visit www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk or phone the box office on 01904 623568.

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LISTINGS INFORMATION

York Theatre Royal presents The Legend of King Arthur (main house) Wed 24 Jul – Sat 31 Aug Written by Mike Kenny Make a day of it in Camelot with the Legend of King Arthur Experience

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men presents As You Like It (Museum Gardens) Thu 5 – Sat 7 Sep Written by William Shakespeare All male production of this brilliant summer comedy

Bootcamp Theatre presents Secret Honour (studio) Wed 11 Sep By Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone The last Testament of Richard M. Nixon – a funny, unsettling and affecting play

Lives of Others Theatre presents Floating (studio) Thu 12 Sep By Sam Freeman A moving thought-provoking play about the beating heart of the NHS

Off The Kerb presents Andy Parsons I’ve Got A Shed (main house) Fri 13 Sep Stand-up comedian who has appeared on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo

The Trials and Tribulations of Mr Pickwick (studio) Fri 13 Sep Adapted from the Pickwick Papers by and performed by Nigel Nevinson A one man play that will please anyone who loves the classics

Rich Seam Theatre present Royal Flush (studio) Sat 14 Sep Written and directed by Nick Lane An hilarious double bill showing how our attitudes to toilets have changed over the years

Salida Productions present Formby (studio) Tue 17 & Wed 18 Sep Performed and written by Ewan Wardrop A funny touching look at the life of an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent

The Crick Crack Club presents Crow (studio) Thu 19 Sep Written by Dominic Kelly Myth, fairytale and biography interweave to map the life and death of a man who was moulded by his place of birth

Middle Child present Billy With His Boots On (studio) Fri 20 Sep Billy is a cowboy fanatic and every day he sees the world his own way as a western style drama

York Theatre Royal presents See How They Run (main house) Fri 20 Sep – Sat 12 Oct Written by Philip King 1940s British comedy, family friendly farce at its most frantic and hilarious

Daniel Bye in association with ACR, Stockton present The Price of Everything (studio) Sat 21 Sep This whistlestop tour of bizaare facts and impassioned arguments is shambolic and a joy to watch

Artists from around the UK transform the De Grey Rooms into a raucous folk pub and visual bistro: 25 & 26 Feb With Fine Chisel, a working theatre and folk band, there’ll be singing, dancing and a damn fine bar

Tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal present The Boy who Cried Wolf (studio) Thu 26 Sep – Sat 12 Oct Written by Mike Kenny A new wintery tale inspired by the famous Aesop fable

York St John University Prize Winner 2013 Awkward Annie (studio) Mon 30 Sep Written and performed by Victoria Sharples An honest, candid and satirical account of mental illness – she asks Am I a freak? She Shouts yes!

Pilot Theatre, Slung Low & York Theatre Royal present Blood+Chocolate (starting at Theatre then promenade throughout York) Thu 3 – Sun 20 Oct Written by Mike Kenny An epic citywide adventure through the streets of York with cast of over 200 and cinematic scale

York 50+ Festival Show, Backstage Tour & Cream Tea Fri 4 Oct Backstage tour of this historic theatre with local storyteller Adrian Spendlow, harpist Sarah Dean and dancers

Curated by York Theatre Royal and York St John University Narrative and Food – an engaging, stimulating and convivial evening of debate (studio) Mon 7 Oct Academics, artists, storytellers explore the role of food in the stories we tell about ourselves

The Crick Crack Club presents The Old Woman, The Buffalo and The Lion of Manding (studio) Sat 12 Oct By Jan Blake, Kouame Sereba, Raymond Sereba Dramatic song and music create an inspiring tale that reaches across centuries from 13th century Africa to now

Winner of the Takeover Residency Award 2013 – Takeover and Root Theatre present The Only Way is Chelsea’s (studio) TakeOver Festival Tue 15 – Sat 19 Oct Written by Frazer Flintham What do young people really feel about reality TV and the effect of facebook fame on everyday life

Smooth Faced Gentleman present Titus Andronicus (main house) TakeOver Festival Thu 17 Oct Written by William Shakespeare An all female production of one of the bard’s bloodiest and underrated plays

Theatre of The Damned present The Ghost Hunter (main house) TakeOver Festival Fri 18 Oct An intricate play about why we tell ghost stories

The Elephant Bridesmaid (main house) TakeOver Festival Sat 19 Oct By Steven Lee Written for parents and children this is a magical musical about weddings and wombats and the loveliest elephant

Champions of Magic (main house) TakeOver Festival Sat 19 Oct A brand new magic show with four of the country’s top magicians

York Opera presents Verdi’s Nabucco (main house) Wed 23, Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct Verdi’s greatest operatic success to date inspired the movement for Italian independence and unification

W.S.Gilbert’s Eminent Victorians (main house) Thu 24 Oct By Martin Lamb, originally commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum Discover some of the real life figures who feature in and inspired the Savoy Operas

York Theatre Royal presents Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (studio) Fri 25 Oct – Sat 16 Nov Written by Richard Cameron An extraordinarily delicate portrait of love, heartbreak and strength

The Original Theatre Company and Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre present The Private Ear The Public Eye (main house) Tue 29 Oct – Sat 2 Nov Written by Peter Shaffer First major revival in 50 years of these intimate one act comedies

Curated by York Theatre Royal and York St John University Narrative and Mental Health – an engaging, stimulating and convivial evening of debate (studio) Mon 4 Nov Have blogs, social media and celebrity confessions changed the way the world views mental health?

Phoenix Dance Theatre: Particle Velocity Wed 6 & Thu 7 Nov (main house) With choreography by Sharon Watson, Douglas Thorpe, Jose Agudo and Richard Alston

Off The Kerb presents Adam Hills – Happyism (main house) Fri 8 Nov Australian funny man returns to the UK with his positive and uplifting style of comedy

J-Night and York Theatre Royal proudly present Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion (main house) Sat 9 Nov A powerhouse of Jazz and African rhythms by the legendary drummer and founder member of Cream

English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre Kingston present Ghosts (main house) Tue 12 – Sat 16 Nov By Henrik Ibsen, Translated by Stephen Unwin Inspired by the artist Edvard Munch’s extraordinary stage designs from Berlin in 1906

Artists from around the UK transform the De Grey Rooms into a raucous folk pub and visual bistro: 13 & 14 Nov With Wet Picnic, an internationally acclaimed clowning, physical storytelling and slapstick company

York Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present Richard III (main house) Tue 19 – Sat 30 Nov By William Shakespeare As part of the city wide Richard III festival

Dream Yards (studio) Tue 19 Nov Written and performed by Gary Winters and Claire Hind A story of flying, lucidity and Yorkshire dreams

Box Of Tricks presents In Doggerland (studio) Wed 20 Nov A new play by Tom Morton-Smith A funny and heartfelt story about lives lived on shifting sands – a searching examination of love, family and identity

Kevin Rushby presents How to Summon a Hippopotamus, and other skills (studio) Thu 21 Nov Learn the art of telling great travel stories with the Guardian’s chief travel writer

Tara Arts presents Sita’s Story (studio) Fri 22 Nov By Jatinder Verma & Claudia Meyer Using scarves, music, dance and song, this vibrant show for children & adults is for Diwali, India’s greatest festival

The Crick Crack Club presents Mr Sandman – bringer of Dreams and Nightmares (studio) Sat 23 Nov By Ben Haggarty Via freak show and moonshine bar get yourself ready for an intense and alarming journey with The Sandman

York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre presents Twice Upon a Time (studio) Thu 28 – Sat 30 Nov Written by Neil Duffield A fantasy tale of Demons, love and smart-phones by award-winning writer

Tongue Tied Theatre, Telling Tales and York Theatre Royal present Cinderella (De Grey Ballroom) Sat 7 – Tue 31 Dec Written by Robin Simpson The De Grey Ballroom is the perfect magical setting for this festive famous tale – for 3-8 years

York Theatre Royal presents Aladdin and The Twankeys (main house) Thu 12 Dec – Sat 1 Feb Written by and starring Berwick Kaler Don’t miss the nation’s best pantomime and longest standing Dame in this year’s hilarious production

York Theatre Royal, Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Bolton Octagon present Brassed Off (main house) Fri 14 Feb – Sat 1 Mar Adapted by Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman This funny and heartwarming drama coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Miners Strike of 1984