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April 2022

  • A wild, thrill-seeking tale based on the classic children's tale

    Based on Kenneth Grahame's best-selling children's classic, The Wind in the Willows - The Musical, is a wild, thrill-seeking tale, with a story by Oscar winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and songs by Olvier Award-winning composers and lyricists George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

    This riotous comedy follows Mole, Rat, Badger and the impulsive Mr Toad, whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall. Full of humour and wit, with a gorgeous soaring score and heartwarming lessons of friendship. The Wind in the Willows is the perfect fit for family audiences everywhere.


    • Wed 27 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Thu 28 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Fri 29 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Sat 30 Apr 2:30 PM
    • Sat 30 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Sun 1 May 2:30 PM
    • Sun 1 May 7:30 PM
  • The York you thought you knew. A fundraising event for the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

    Guided Walks with Gary Bateson - "The York you thought you knew"
    Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 April. 2pm until 4pm.
    Tickets £10 - cash only payable on the day.

    Join theatre trustee Gary Bateson, an experienced City Tour Guide, whose walking tours have been described as informative and entertaining, on a two hour guided walk to delve into our city's past while also raising money for the theatre's Raise the Roof Appeal. While York is a place full of history and interesting places, there are sure to be a few things you don’t know about or places you have never been to. It’s an old city but do you know how old? What is lying beneath your feet as you walk along our streets? Why is this street's name so strange? Just some of the topics Gary will cover while gently walking round the city centre.

    To book a place email Gary on gary.bateson@jrtheatre.co.uk.

    • Tue 26 Apr 2:00 PM
    • Wed 27 Apr 2:00 PM
    • Thu 28 Apr 2:00 PM
  • An evening of light music to celebrate our patron saint from York Guildhall Orchestra

    Celebrate our patron saint with an evening of light music with a spotlight on English composers. York Guildhall Orchestra and conductor Simon Wright are delighted to make their debut at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, playing a variety of favourite pieces alongside some lesser-known gems. Come down for a Springtime evening of joyful music - and not a dragon in sight!


    Soprano: Gabrielle Sargent
    Conductor: Simon Wright 
    Leader: Fiona Love

    Coates                  Calling All Workers (Music while you work)
    Binge                     Elizabethan Serenade
    Duncan                  March from Little Suite (Dr Finlay's Casebook)
    Sullivan                 The sun whose rays are all ablaze (Mikado)
                                  Sorry her lot who loves too well (HMS Pinafore)
                                  Poor wand'ring one (Pirates of Penzance)
    Armstrong Gibbs   Dusk from Fairy Dress Dance Suite
    Tomlinson              Dick's Maggot (Pride and Prejudice)
    Elgar                      Romance for bassoon and orchestra
    Strachy                  Party Mood (Housewives' Choice)
    White                     Puffin' Billy (Children's Favourites)
    Tomlinson              Little Serenade
    Wood                     Barwick Green (The Archers)
    Handel                   Where 'er you walk
    Shield                    Light as thistle-down moving, When William at Eve (from Rosina)
    Coates                   By the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs)
    Lotter                     Ragtime Bass Player
    Farnon                   Westminster Waltz
    Curzon                   March of the Bowmen from Robin Hood Suite


    • Sat 23 Apr 7:30 PM
  • The pop cultural phenomenon comes to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre

    Set in the East Village of New York City, the iconic musical Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. It has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive at the end of the millennium. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

    • Thu 14 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Fri 15 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Sat 16 Apr 7:30 PM
  • A fun filled, fast paced, musical theatre showcase.

    Back and doing what they love best, Flying Ducks Youth Theatre return with a musical bang! No Day But Today is a fun filled, fast paced, musical theatre showcase for the whole family to enjoy! The talented youth theatre of York perform scenes, songs and musical numbers from shows including Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rent, The Greatest Showman and many more.


    • Thu 7 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Fri 8 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Sat 9 Apr 2:30 PM
    • Sat 9 Apr 7:30 PM
  • What if Richard Branson wasn't the multi-millionaire Virgin boss?

    Richard Branson isn't the multi–millionaire Virgin boss, but a redundant factory worker from the Black Country whose wife has just left him for another woman. He applies to do a history course at Birmingham University and meets Noel, another "mature" student with a whole different outlook on life. Together they learn about life and women, but not much about history.



    • Thu 31 Mar 7:30 PM
    • Fri 1 Apr 7:30 PM
    • Sat 2 Apr 7:30 PM