Whats On

Music Night Generations

Saturday 17 September 2016


The Pirates of Penzance

Thursday 22 September — Saturday 24 September 2016


York Swings Against Cancer

Sunday 25 September 2016


Music Legends

Friday 30 September — Saturday 1 October 2016


Show Performer Performances
Music Night Generations Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sat 17 Sep 2016
The Pirates of Penzance Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company Thu 22 Sep to Sat 24 Sep 2016
York Swings Against Cancer York Against Cancer Sun 25 Sep 2016
Music Legends Just Dance Fri 30 Sep to Sat 1 Oct 2016
"RULE THE WORLD" Take That Tribute Act All 4 Charity Sun 2 Oct to Mon 3 Oct 2016
Two Musicals - One Concert! The Bev Jones Music Company Sat 8 Oct 2016
Songs From Then Till Now Steve Cassidy Band Sun 9 Oct 2016
Shakespeare Schools Festival Shakespeare Schools Foundation Tue 11 Oct to Wed 12 Oct 2016
Cinderella Victoria Rooke School of Dance and Drama Sat 15 Oct 2016
Acorn Antiques York Musical Theatre Company Tue 18 Oct to Sat 22 Oct 2016
West Side Story York Light Youth Fri 28 Oct to Sat 5 Nov 2016
Fiddler on the Roof New Earswick Musicals Wed 9 Nov to Sat 12 Nov 2016
York Scout & Guide Show 2016: Let's Celebrate! York Scouts and Guides Tue 22 Nov to Sat 26 Nov 2016
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Rowntree Players Sat 3 Dec to Sat 10 Dec 2016
Shepherd Group Brass Band Christmas Concert Shepherd Group Brass Band Fri 16 Dec to Sat 17 Dec 2016
The Jungle Book Oddsocks Sat 7 Jan 2017
Into The Woods - Junior Pauline Quirk Academy - York Sat 21 Jan 2017
The Pirates of Penzance - The Broadway Version The Bev Jones Music Company Tue 7 Feb to Sat 11 Feb 2017
Legally Blonde - The Musical York St John Musical Production Society Thu 18 May to Sat 20 May 2017

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Music Night Generations

Live music on Saturday night!

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 17 September 2016

Celebration generational partnerships from the past, with generations of performers from the present.

Generations is a fundraising concert for the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

  • Saturday 17 September 2016 19:30

Tickets: All tickets £10.00

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The Pirates of Penzance

Swashbuckling adventure with tender-hearted pirates and bumbling policemen!

Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company

Thursday 22 September to Saturday 24 September 2016

Join us for piratical goings-on in one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous and popular hits.

As a child, Frederic was apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted pirates, by his hard-of-hearing nurse, who misheard her master’s instructions.

Today Frederic celebrates the completion of his 21st year, which means he is now free to return to society and respectability, or so he thinks.

Add into the mix a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family, and the timid police force, and you have all the ingredients for a fun-filled adventure.

  • Thursday 22 September 2016 19:30
  • Friday 23 September 2016 19:30
  • Saturday 24 September 2016 14:30
  • Saturday 24 September 2016 19:30

Tickets: Adult £12.00; Concession £10.00; Under 16s free

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York Swings Against Cancer

Live Big Band with Swing Classics performed for great cause!

York Against Cancer

Sunday 25 September 2016

York Swings Against Cancer returns for a 3 rd instalment following the previous hugely successful performances at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Once again, there will be a full Big Band on stage led by the super talented Sam Johnson, along with local singers performing your favourite Swing numbers from the likes of Sinatra, Martin, Fitzgerald, Bublé and Davis Jr. There may also be some modern numbers adapted into Swing too!

This follows your complimentary drink on arrival and the chance to win some fantastic prizes!

A great night to be had for a fantastic cause in raising money for York Against Cancer!

  • Sunday 25 September 2016 19:00

Tickets: All tickets £13

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Music Legends

Just Dance presents Music Legends

Just Dance

Friday 30 September to Saturday 1 October 2016

Come and enjoy the Just Dance pupils perform well-known songs by your favourite musical legends! Fun filled energetic dances to get you tapping your feet in your seat!

  • Friday 30 September 2016 19:00
  • Saturday 1 October 2016 19:00

Tickets: All tickets £10

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"RULE THE WORLD" Take That Tribute Act

The Number 1 Take That Tribute Act in the world!

All 4 Charity

Sunday 2 October to Monday 3 October 2016

Rule The World have been recognized as the Number 1 Take That tribute act in the world. They recently appeared alongside THE REAL TAKE THAT on BBC1’s The Graham Norton Show. After hearing Dan Maines speak, a stunned Gary Barlow said in amazement “He sounds like me!”. Gary then also praised the band saying “These guys are good!”.

Rule The World have also been featured on ITV1′s Daybreak and have had rave reviews from many people including TV personality Ricky Tomlinson, Denise Van Outen. Jason Orange’s mother and Mr GARY BARLOW himself who tweeted the band to say he thought they are “brilliant”. They are the ONLY Take That tribute show in the land to have ever been praised by Take That’s lead singer!

The band have performed at many prestigious events around the world. They’ve performed at a private party for Coldplay and their management team featuring many celeb guests, and have been very fortunate to travel the world playing large outdoor festivals in Barcelona, Germany, Austria, Ireland and more. They have performed a 3 year theatre tour with their live band and backing dancers in many UK theatres including Manchester Palace, Edinburgh Playhouse, Leeds Grand, York Opera House to name just a few. The Band have recently released their own album to great acclaim.

This will be a full stage show, an accurate portrayal of a Take That concert and features all the biggest hits including Never Forget, Greatest Day, Back For Good, Relight My Fire, Everything Changes, Shine, Pray and many more, Rule The World will be supported on stage by dancers from the Bettany Dance School and York Hot Shots. This show is vibrant, entertaining, a must for all fans of Take That and indeed Rule The World who have their own followers, and will appeal to all age groups

Rule The World played at Joseph Rowntree Theatre in March this year and received outstanding reviews ,they return by public demand to York in October

This is a charity event in support of Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

  • Sunday 2 October 2016 19:30
  • Monday 3 October 2016 19:30

Tickets: All tickets £19.00

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Two Musicals - One Concert!

Les Miserables & Jesus Christ Superstar

The Bev Jones Music Company

Saturday 8 October 2016

For lovers of both these great musicals we bring you Jesus Christ Superstar in Act 1 - and Les Miserables in Act 2 - all on stage with orchestra! The Bev Jones Music Company at its best !

  • Saturday 8 October 2016 14:30
  • Saturday 8 October 2016 19:30

Tickets: Adult £12.00, Senior £10.00; Child £8.00

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Songs From Then Till Now

Steve Cassidy band with St George's School Choir, Dave Kemp and Mick Hull

Steve Cassidy Band

Sunday 9 October 2016

The Steve Cassidy Band is delighted to include in its concert the children's choir of St George's Primary School, the remarkable musical talents of Dave Kemp, and the virtuosity of Mick Hull playing songs or revelry, reverie and romance!

  • Sunday 9 October 2016 19:30

Tickets: Adults £10; Concessions £9

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Shakespeare Schools Festival

See Shakespeare performed as you’ve never seen it before!

Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Tuesday 11 October to Wednesday 12 October 2016

Shakespeare Schools Festival is proud to present a series of unique performances by young people from local schools.

All are welcome to this inspiring evening of theatre. Whether you are a parent, friend or another local school, SSF is a wonderful way to experience the language, magic and possibilities of Shakespeare.

Please contact the box office direct for a list of schools and the plays they are performing.

Come and celebrate the future of Shakespeare with your local schools. For adults and children alike an evening at Shakespeare Schools Festival will create a night to be treasured and remembered!

Performances start at 7pm.

  • Tuesday 11 October 2016 19:00
  • Wednesday 12 October 2016 19:00

Tickets: Adult £9.50; Concessions £7.50; Groups (20+) £7.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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The story of Cinderella told through drama and all forms of Dance - ballet, modern jazz, tap, contemporary ballet, street dance and disco.

Victoria Rooke School of Dance and Drama

Saturday 15 October 2016

The story begins with young Ella living happily with her Mother and Father. Everything was perfect until suddenly her mother became ill and died. Everything changed-her father re-married and her new stepmother moved in with her two daughters. Ella was treated like a servant and had to do all the cooking and cleaning. They even changed her name to Cinderella.

Then one day they all received invitations to the Prince’s Fancy Dress Ball. The theme for the Ball was Disney & Fairy Tale Princesses. Cinderella’s stepmother said she could not go to the ball so she was very upset. But a certain Fairy Godmother may have different ideas. Come and see.

  • Saturday 15 October 2016 14:00
  • Saturday 15 October 2016 19:00

Tickets: Adult £12; Concessions £10

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Acorn Antiques

The late Victoria Wood’s hilarious musical version of her award-winning spoof, Acorn Antiques.

York Musical Theatre Company

Tuesday 18 October to Saturday 22 October 2016

The story sees the lives, loves and macaroon adventures of staff in an antiques shop in the fictional town of Manchesterford. When shop after shop on the high street closes, will Miss Babs and Miss Berta keep the business open? Will Mr. Clifford recover from his amnesia and remember who he’s engaged to? Most importantly, will Mrs Overall be able to keep hold of her tea-tray while she tap dances?

This all-singing, all-dancing, all-macarooned spectacular is hilarious, ridiculous and crammed full of missed cues, fumbled entrances and Marigold gloves.

  • Tuesday 18 October 2016 19:30
  • Wednesday 19 October 2016 19:30
  • Thursday 20 October 2016 19:30
  • Friday 21 October 2016 19:30
  • Saturday 22 October 2016 14:30
  • Saturday 22 October 2016 19:30

Tickets: 18 & 19 Oct Adult £16.00; Concession £13.00; 20 - 22 Oct Adult £18.00; Concession £15.00

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West Side Story

Could it be, yes it could, something's coming, something good…

York Light Youth

Friday 28 October to Saturday 5 November 2016

Brought to you by York Light Youth, West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

Two warring New York City gangs - the American ‘Jets’, led by Riff, and the Puerto Rican ‘Sharks’, led by Bernardo - replace Shakespeare’s feuding families. Their hatred has reached the point where neither can tolerate the other on account of their cultural differences. When Riff's best friend (and former Jet), Tony, and Bernardo's younger sister, Maria, meet at a dance, they instantly fall in love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. In the meantime the Jets challenge the Sharks to a rumble; whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping to end the violence, but her plan goes terribly wrong. After this, can Maria and Tony have the happily-ever-after they have dreamed about?

This fantastic show will be performed by the talented young cast of York Light Youth, whose most recent production was Cats in October 2015. Many of our performers from previous shows return, along with some new faces.

  • Friday 28 October 2016 19:30
  • Saturday 29 October 2016 14:30
  • Saturday 29 October 2016 19:30
  • Wednesday 2 November 2016 19:30
  • Thursday 3 November 2016 19:30
  • Friday 4 November 2016 19:30
  • Saturday 5 November 2016 14:30
  • Saturday 5 November 2016 19:30

Tickets: Midweek to include Wed, Thurs and Fri: £16 per adult, £14 per child; £55 family 2 ad 2 ch; £53 family 1 ad 3 ch; Saturdays (matinee and Evening): £18 per adult, £15 per child; £60 family 2 ad 2 ch; £56 family 1 ad 3 ch;

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Fiddler on the Roof

A story of tradition, faith and love: an amazing musical!

New Earswick Musicals

Wednesday 9 November to Saturday 12 November 2016

Fiddler on the Roof is a story based on traditions, set against in early 20th century Russia.

A milkman called Tevye lives a very simple life in the small village of Anatevka. When three of his five daughters rebel against the traditions of arranged marriages and decide to take matters into their own hands, mayhem unfolds...

Blending the family’s struggle as it is torn apart with some extremely funny moments, and a great uplifting ending, you’ll be singing these songs all the way home.

  • Wednesday 9 November 2016 19:30
  • Thursday 10 November 2016 19:30
  • Friday 11 November 2016 19:30
  • Saturday 12 November 2016 14:30
  • Saturday 12 November 2016 19:30

Tickets: Adult £18.00; Concessions £16.00; Child £12.00

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York Scout & Guide Show 2016: Let's Celebrate!

A traditional Gang Show extravaganza of singing, dancing and sketches.

York Scouts and Guides

Tuesday 22 November to Saturday 26 November 2016

This year, one of the longest-running Gang Shows in the country celebrates 100 years of Cub Scouts and Guide Senior Section as well as 30 years of Beaver Scouts. Performed by members of the Scout and Guide movements from York and the surrounding area, the show follows the great tradition of Gang Show, featuring an entertaining mix of singing, dancing and sketches.

  • Tuesday 22 November 2016 19:15
  • Wednesday 23 November 2016 19:15
  • Thursday 24 November 2016 19:15
  • Friday 25 November 2016 19:15
  • Saturday 26 November 2016 14:00
  • Saturday 26 November 2016 19:15

Tickets: Adults £10.00; Concessions £8.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

A brand new rollicking romp of a panto!

Rowntree Players

Saturday 3 December to Saturday 10 December 2016

Governor LeTrump is determined to cast his menacing spell over the city of Paris but with the circus in town, his evil plans slowly begin to unravel. Fortune teller Celia Fate and her son Summer are spreading an air of anarchy among the citizens. Celia’s daughter Esmerelda is proving to be quite a distraction and now even Quasimodo is causing problems every time he sneaks out of the cathedral.

Will LeTrump fine the court of miracles? Will Esmerelda get her man? Can Quasimodo escape to save the day?

There’s only one way to find out.

With song, dance, slapstick silliness and all the trappings of a traditional family pantomime you’d be mad to miss it!

Tickets go on sale from the Joseph Rowntree Theatre box office (in person only) from Saturday 16 July at 10.00am, and online and by phone from Monday 18 July at 10.00am.

  • Saturday 3 December 2016 14:00
  • Saturday 3 December 2016 19:30
  • Sunday 4 December 2016 14:00
  • Monday 5 December 2016 19:30
  • Tuesday 6 December 2016 19:30
  • Wednesday 7 December 2016 19:30
  • Thursday 8 December 2016 19:30
  • Friday 9 December 2016 19:30
  • Saturday 10 December 2016 14:00
  • Saturday 10 December 2016 19:30

Tickets: Adult £16.00; Child/Senior/Student £14.00; Groups of 10 or more (Mon-Wed only) £8.00

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Shepherd Group Brass Band Christmas Concert

An array of festive music performed by four of the Shepherd Group Brass Bands.

Shepherd Group Brass Band

Friday 16 December to Saturday 17 December 2016

The concert features four of the bands that make up the Shepherd Group Brass Bands, with festive music of all types. This is not your usual brass band concert, with lots of Christmas fun culminating in the grand finale when all the bands join together on stage.

  • Friday 16 December 2016 19:30
  • Saturday 17 December 2016 19:30

Tickets: All tickets £12.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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The Jungle Book

Calling Wolf-cubs everywhere, Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” is getting the Oddsocks treatment!


Saturday 7 January 2017

Enjoy the comical adventures of Mowgli the man cub as he battles to survive and become the leader of the pack.

Based on stories from The Jungle Book with a big helping of Oddsocks humour, Mowgli's mates, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python all help to outwit his enemies and help him learn the law of the jungle. Mixing it with madcap monkeys, escaping the crazy Cobra and seeing off the terrifying Tiger Shere Kahn!

A fantastic, empowering story for all ages that will warm your heart and lift your spirits. Music, muppetry, laughter and excitement all mixed-up to make a memorable experience for the whole tribe.

  • Saturday 7 January 2017 19:30

Tickets: Adults £17.00; Under 16s £11.00; Concessions £14.00; Family £48.00

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Into The Woods - Junior

The students from PQA York present this well known, popular musical for all ages!

Pauline Quirk Academy - York

Saturday 21 January 2017

The Brothers Grimm go Broadway as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cock-eyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters - Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch - meet and interact on their journeys. Students aged 6-18 years from The Pauline Quirke Academy in York present this all-time favourite musical for all ages.

  • Saturday 21 January 2017 14:00
  • Saturday 21 January 2017 19:30

Tickets: All tickets £10.00

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The Pirates of Penzance - The Broadway Version

The hilarious all singing , all dancing Pirates of Penzance, adapted and rearranged by the incomparable Bev Jones

The Bev Jones Music Company

Tuesday 7 February to Saturday 11 February 2017

Enter dancing Pirates, ( swashbuckling they are not ), chased by the bumbling Policemen, the handsome young Frederick who turns 21, falls in love with the "sweet" Mabel, then finds out he was born in a Leap Year so actually he is only 5 years old ! His nanny Ruth who tries to foil his love match, a bevvie of beautiful dancing maidens and their chaperones accompanied by their father the rather "camp" Major General, who insist on wearing PINK , and finally The Pirate King, a man of eloquence with a twinkle in his eye !

A laugh out loud production for all the family.

  • Tuesday 7 February 2017 19:30
  • Wednesday 8 February 2017 19:30
  • Thursday 9 February 2017 19:30
  • Friday 10 February 2017 19:30
  • Saturday 11 February 2017 14:30
  • Saturday 11 February 2017 19:30

Tickets: From £8 - £12

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Legally Blonde - The Musical

Don't judge a book by its hair colour!

York St John Musical Production Society

Thursday 18 May to Saturday 20 May 2017

The only show to end the academic year and start the summer with. Enjoy an energetic and lively performance of how Elle battles her way in life to discover who she is; breaking all the stereotypes and proving that anything is possible. You will leave singing and dancing and 'go home to be Legally Blonde!'

  • Thursday 18 May 2017 19:30
  • Friday 19 May 2017 19:30
  • Saturday 20 May 2017 14:30
  • Saturday 20 May 2017 19:30

Tickets: Adults £14; Seniors £12; Student/Child £10

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.