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York Residents' Festival

Saturday 26 January — Sunday 27 January 2019

Welcome one, welcome all!

2019 York Chinese Spring Festival Gala Image

2019 York Chinese Spring Festival Gala

Friday 1 February 2019

Celebrate Lunar New Year Together

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West End Nights

Saturday 2 February 2019

A night of show-stopping songs from the world's best musicals!

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Kiss Me, Kate

Wednesday 6 February — Saturday 9 February 2019

Get two musicals for the price of one with a timeless classic that promises to be Wunderbar!


Show Performer Performances
York Residents' Festival Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sat 26 Jan to Sun 27 Jan 2019
2019 York Chinese Spring Festival Gala University of York Chinese Society Fri 1 Feb 2019
West End Nights NAP Music Productions Sat 2 Feb 2019
Kiss Me, Kate Joseph Rowntree Theatre Wed 6 Feb to Sat 9 Feb 2019
York Music Forum Showcase York Music Forum Sun 10 Feb 2019
Alice in Wonderland The Patricia Veale School of Dance Fri 15 Feb to Sat 16 Feb 2019
Legally Blonde The University of York Central Hall Musical Society Thu 21 Feb to Sat 23 Feb 2019
The Pirates of Penzance The University of York Gilbert & Sullivan Society Thu 28 Feb to Sat 2 Mar 2019
The York Community Choir Festival 2019 Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sun 3 Mar to Sat 9 Mar 2019
High School Musical York St. John Musical Production Society Thu 14 Mar to Sat 16 Mar 2019
Spotlight Dance Academy - Our Greatest Show! Spotlight Dance Academy Sat 23 Mar 2019
The Full Monty The Bev Jones Music Company Wed 27 Mar to Sat 30 Mar 2019
Flashback to the 1950s and 1960s Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sun 31 Mar 2019
Flying Ducks Youth Theatre presents 'This is Me!' Flying Ducks Youth Theatre Fri 12 Apr to Sat 13 Apr 2019
Annie The Musical NE Musicals YORK Tue 30 Apr to Sat 4 May 2019
Steve Cassidy and Friends Steve Cassidy Band Sun 5 May 2019
Neville's Island Rowntree Players Thu 16 May to Sat 18 May 2019
Betty Blue Eyes York Musical Theatre Company Wed 22 May to Sat 25 May 2019
World of Dance En Pointe Dance School Sat 1 Jun to Sun 2 Jun 2019
Sing, Sing, Sing Larch Music Tuition Tue 11 Jun 2019
The Tina Turner Experience Emperor Productions Fri 14 Jun 2019
Sister Act We Are Theatre Tue 18 Jun to Wed 19 Jun 2019
Peter Pan The Musical We Are Theatre Fri 21 Jun to Sat 22 Jun 2019
Greatest Perform Perform with Emma Bassett Sat 6 Jul 2019

York Residents' Festival Image

York Residents' Festival

Welcome one, welcome all!

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 26 January to Sunday 27 January 2019

We are a friendly lot at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, so much so that we don’t just welcome people with York Cards during the Residents’ Festival, we welcome anyone who wants to see what our lovely Art Deco theatre is like and find out about how it works and its history.

Not only that, on the Sunday you can watch rehearsals for Kiss Me, Kate which is being staged in February, and on the Saturday hear singing from choirs appearing at our York Community Choir Festival in March.

We are open both days from 10.30am until 4.00 pm. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Sat 26 Jan 10:30
Sun 27 Jan 10:30
2019 York Chinese Spring Festival Gala Image

2019 York Chinese Spring Festival Gala

Celebrate Lunar New Year Together

University of York Chinese Society

Friday 1 February 2019

Come and join us to celebrate the Lunar New Year together!!

In the tradition of mainland China, everyone would watch the New Year Gala with their family on New Year Eve. As people are studying or working in the UK and not able to fly back home, the Chinese Society is holding a New Year Gala to let you feel like being home! We wish the show could reduce a bit of your homesickness.

Happy New Year.

独在异乡为异客,每逢佳节倍思亲。无论你是今年刚刚来约克的新生,还是已经在约克度过了几年时光的老朋友,适逢华人一年里最重要的春节,却都由于课业或工作不能回国与家人团聚,着实在约克的冬季变得更加寒冷。但是!为了在外拼搏的各位游子,约克中国学联(CSSA YORK)将为大家呈上,如同回国般的视听享受与家一般的温暖!2019约克华人春晚,陪你一起贺新春!

Fri 1 Feb 19:30
£3.00 – £8.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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West End Nights

A night of show-stopping songs from the world's best musicals!

NAP Music Productions

Saturday 2 February 2019

The show promises a wonderful evening celebrating the finest and best loved songs from the dazzling London West End.

It will provide you with two hours of the great musical classics as well as a selection from some of the latest shows and new musical revivals.

During the evening you will hear songs from some of your favourite musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman, Miss Saigon, Jekyll and Hyde, Me & My Girl, Oklahoma! and many more.

The fantastic show-stopping songs from some of the greatest musical theatre songwriters are brought together with the stunning vocal talents of the West End Night's 2019 cast.

Sat 2 Feb 19:30
£15.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Kiss Me, Kate

Get two musicals for the price of one with a timeless classic that promises to be Wunderbar!

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Wednesday 6 February to Saturday 9 February 2019

It's time to Brush Up Your Shakespeare for Cole Porter's ground breaking show-within-a-show, Kiss Me, Kate. Will director Fred Graham tame his fiery leading lady - and ex-wife - Lilli Vanessi?

Will up-and-coming ingenue Lois Lane (no, not that one) tame her wayward boyfriend Bill’s gambling habit? And will their musical version of The Taming of the Shrew ever make it to the stage?

Join us for our Wunderbar fundraising show to find out. It promises to be Too Darn Hot to miss!

A fundraising event for Joseph Rowntree Theatre Registered Charity

Wed 6 Feb 19:30
£10.00 – £16.00
Thu 7 Feb 19:30
£10.00 – £16.00
Fri 8 Feb 19:30
£10.00 – £16.00
Sat 9 Feb 14:30
£10.00 – £16.00
Sat 9 Feb 19:30
£10.00 – £16.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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York Music Forum Showcase

An afternoon of amazing music.

York Music Forum

Sunday 10 February 2019

Some of the finest youth ensembles in the city perform amazing music including concert bands, choirs and jazz ensembles.

All of the ensembles are part of York Music Forum… the place where young musicians are heard!

Sun 10 Feb 14:30
£5.00 – £10.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Alice in Wonderland

The Patricia Veale School of Dance return with an exciting new performance of Alice in Wonderland.

The Patricia Veale School of Dance

Friday 15 February to Saturday 16 February 2019

A much loved quirky story told through ballet, jazz, contemporary and a variety of dazzling dance styles.

Alice finds herself among many new mysterious friends on her adventure into the fantasy of wonderland...

Fri 15 Feb 19:30
£12.00 – £16.00
Sat 16 Feb 14:30
£12.00 – £16.00
Sat 16 Feb 19:30
£12.00 – £16.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Legally Blonde

CHMS' amazing production of the fun, cheerful and heartfelt musical!

The University of York Central Hall Musical Society

Thursday 21 February to Saturday 23 February 2019

Join Elle Woods as she moves from her Los Angeles Sorority to the hallowed halls of Harvard Law in an effort to win back her ex-boyfriend.

Along the way she learns to have faith in her abilities and to stick up for herself and her beliefs, proving she's more than just blonde hair and a pretty face.

This is a fantastic and hilarious show, with touching and heartfelt scenes. Truly a must-see show!

Thu 21 Feb 19:30
£8.00 – £15.00
Fri 22 Feb 19:30
£8.00 – £15.00
Sat 23 Feb 14:30
£8.00 – £15.00
Sat 23 Feb 19:30
£8.00 – £15.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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The Pirates of Penzance

Buckle your swashes for a lively adventure!

The University of York Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Thursday 28 February to Saturday 2 March 2019

Join us for a swashbuckling adventure set in the heart of Cornwall; complete with dancing Pirate Kings, Major-Generals who sing far too fast, and a strange paradox that is (almost) too ridiculous to believe, all set to the wonderful music of Gilbert and Sullivan.

This timeless show will leave you laughing in your seats, produced and performed by a group of talented students from the University of York as they re-enact the phenomenon that swept Victorian society over a century ago.

Thu 28 Feb 19:30
£10.00 – £13.00
Fri 1 Mar 19:30
£10.00 – £13.00
Sat 2 Mar 14:30
£10.00 – £13.00
Sat 2 Mar 19:30
£10.00 – £13.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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The York Community Choir Festival 2019

Bigger and better than ever! Come along and celebrate the joy of singing!

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Sunday 3 March to Saturday 9 March 2019

The 4th annual festival offers everything from pop songs to gospel, from classical and traditional to jazz and not forgetting songs from the shows, each in a range of different styles but all delivered exuberantly.

Choirs great and small and young and old and all from York and North Yorkshire.

A true community event that is certain to entertain whatever your musical taste.

Four very different choirs in every concert.

A fundraising event for Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Sun 3 Mar 18:00
£5.00 – £10.00
Tue 5 Mar 19:30
£5.00 – £10.00
Wed 6 Mar 19:30
£5.00 – £10.00
Thu 7 Mar 19:30
£5.00 – £10.00
Fri 8 Mar 19:30
£5.00 – £10.00
Sat 9 Mar 19:30
£5.00 – £10.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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High School Musical

What team? Wildcats! Come get your head in the game!

York St. John Musical Production Society

Thursday 14 March to Saturday 16 March 2019

Troy Bolton, the star athlete at a small-town high school, falls for nerdy beauty Gabriella Montez at a holiday karaoke party.

When they return to campus, Troy and Gabriella audition for the upcoming school musical. Meanwhile, the jealous Sharpay Evans conspires to stop them from threatening East High’s social order.

The two must struggle to make it to auditions while also meeting their existing obligations to the basketball team and the academic decathlon.

Can Troy and Gabriella lead their friends to a more open-minded way of thinking and acceptance of one another? Or will their friends win?

Thu 14 Mar 19:30
£10.00 – £14.00
Fri 15 Mar 19:30
£10.00 – £14.00
Sat 16 Mar 14:30
£10.00 – £14.00
Sat 16 Mar 19:30
£10.00 – £14.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Spotlight Dance Academy - Our Greatest Show!

Celebrate 10 years of SDA with singing, dancing and acting!

Spotlight Dance Academy

Saturday 23 March 2019

Our shows never fail to entertain and this one certainly will!

From ballet to tap, jazz to acro, musical theatre to contemporary, and street to drama, come join us as we celebrate 10 years of talent.

Featuring dances from previous shows, tightrope and stilt walkers, ring masters and acrobats, our show will certainly make you Come Alive!

Sat 23 Mar 14:30
£7.00 – £10.00
Sat 23 Mar 19:30
£7.00 – £10.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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The Full Monty

Ordinary guys with ordinary lives – dance the Full Monty!!

The Bev Jones Music Company

Wednesday 27 March to Saturday 30 March 2019

They may not be young, they may not be pretty, they may not be very good, but they're there, and for one night only, with nothing to lose, they're daring to go The Full Monty!

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "The Full Monty" - total nudity.

Life is tough, money is tight, and the wives and girlfriends are nagging to see more money! What can an ordinary bloke do? Follow in the steps of The Chippendales? And guess what? The women will pay to see it? Only one problem – these guys haven't seen a gym EVER. Some don’t even take their clothes off at home – never mind in public!

Join this fun, fun show, with its powerful songs, and fantastic dance moves and leave the theatre feeling the urge to “rip off your own and join in“!!

Wed 27 Mar 19:30
£12.00 – £15.00
Thu 28 Mar 19:30
£12.00 – £15.00
Fri 29 Mar 19:30
£12.00 – £15.00
Sat 30 Mar 14:30
£12.00 – £15.00
Sat 30 Mar 19:30
£12.00 – £15.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Flashback to the 1950s and 1960s

Memories Are Made of This

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Sunday 31 March 2019

From Singin’ In The Rain to Funny Girl; from Doris Day to Mary Hopkin - find out why some say that Those Were the Days, My Friend

Musical Director Don Pears introduces singers and musicians from the York music scene to bring you a kaleidoscopic look back at the music of the 1950s and 60s. Songs from the charts mixed with songs from the stage and screen.

A fundraising show for Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Sun 31 Mar 19:30
£8.00 – £12.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Flying Ducks Youth Theatre presents 'This is Me!'

A fun filled performance packed with numbers from all your favourite musical shows of our time!

Flying Ducks Youth Theatre

Friday 12 April to Saturday 13 April 2019

This is Me! is a showcase of scenes, songs and dances from shows such as The Greatest Showman, Hairspray, Grease, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver and many many more!

A real mash up of musicals in one place, that has something for everyone and the whole family will enjoy!

Fri 12 Apr 19:30
£9.00 – £11.00
Sat 13 Apr 14:30
£9.00 – £11.00
Sat 13 Apr 19:30
£9.00 – £11.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Annie The Musical

Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals.

NE Musicals YORK

Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 4 May 2019

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a world-wide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including "Tomorrow".

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical

Tue 30 Apr 19:30
£13.00 – £18.00
Wed 1 May 19:30
£13.00 – £18.00
Thu 2 May 19:30
£13.00 – £18.00
Fri 3 May 19:30
£13.00 – £18.00
Sat 4 May 14:30
£13.00 – £18.00
Sat 4 May 19:30
£13.00 – £18.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Steve Cassidy and Friends

The Cassidy band with Andrea Begley, St. George's School Choir, Mick Hull and Community Chorus.

Steve Cassidy Band

Sunday 5 May 2019

The Steve Cassidy Band return to their favourite York venue with Andrea Begley, winner of "The Voice", making a return trip from Ireland.

Also appearing are the talented children of St. George's school, Mick Hull and Community Chorus.

Sun 5 May 19:30
£5.00 – £10.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Neville's Island

Rowntree Players present Tim Firth’s classic Lake District comedy

Rowntree Players

Thursday 16 May to Saturday 18 May 2019

When 4 middle aged, middle of the road, middle management men are shipwrecked during a company bonding outward bounds course things slowly take a turn for the dark.

Laugh out loud one liners combine with deep and damaged characters in Tim Firth’s brilliant observation of the unravelling of the human in desperate circumstances.

I’m A Celebrity has nothing on this!

Thu 16 May 19:30
£10.00
Fri 17 May 19:30
£10.00
Sat 18 May 19:30
£10.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Betty Blue Eyes

Based on the hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray.

York Musical Theatre Company

Wednesday 22 May to Saturday 25 May 2019

Fair Shares for All!

The town's elite hatch a plan to celebrate the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in style. With an appearance from our future Queen.

It is 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment, and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

The story centres around a small Yorkshire town and Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam.

Wed 22 May 19:30
£14.00 – £20.00
Thu 23 May 19:30
£14.00 – £20.00
Fri 24 May 19:30
£14.00 – £20.00
Sat 25 May 14:30
£14.00 – £20.00
Sat 25 May 19:30
£14.00 – £20.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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World of Dance

En Pointe’s annual theatre performance. Junior performances at 2pm Senior performances at 7pm

En Pointe Dance School

Saturday 1 June to Sunday 2 June 2019

Spectacular performances of themed dances from around the world.

Showcasing the talent of En Pointe dance school and demonstrating the various dance styles we offer at our school.

Join us as we travel around the world with music, dance and fantastic costumes ... World of Dance 2019.

Sat 1 Jun 14:00
£7.50 – £12.50
Sat 1 Jun 19:00
£7.50 – £12.50
Sun 2 Jun 14:00
£7.50 – £12.50
Sun 2 Jun 19:00
£7.50 – £12.50

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Sing, Sing, Sing

An evening of songs, saxophones and much, much more!

Larch Music Tuition

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Join Larch Music Tuition's first ever musical extravaganza for an evening of songs, saxophones and a great house band.

Featuring Haxby based Community Chorus and Community Chorus Extra along with North Yorkshire's largest saxophone choir Sax Maniacs, this will be a night to remember.

Tue 11 Jun 19:30
£6.00 – £10.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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The Tina Turner Experience

SIMPLY THE BEST NIGHT OUT THIS YEAR

Emperor Productions

Friday 14 June 2019

This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the worlds iconic performers.

Full of hits like “Private Dancer”, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep, Mountain High” and “Let’s Stay Together” to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out.

The concert style show features a 7-piece band making this the only completely live touring tribute to this multi award winning legend.

Powerful vocals, backing singers and fabulous professional dancers with electrifying dance routines make

The Tina Turner Experience - Simply the Best.

Fri 14 Jun 19:30
£16.00 – £20.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Sister Act

The brilliant musical based on the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.

We Are Theatre

Tuesday 18 June to Wednesday 19 June 2019

Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

This is a truly feel good show about the power of friendship, sisterhood and music.

Tue 18 Jun 19:30
£13.60 – £15.60
Wed 19 Jun 19:30
£13.60 – £15.60

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Peter Pan The Musical

A new musical version of the enchanting tale of Peter Pan.

We Are Theatre

Friday 21 June to Saturday 22 June 2019

Peter Pan is a new musical based on J. M. Barrie's story about the free-spirited and mischievous boy who never grew up.

Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the mythical island of Neverland, interacting with fairies and pirates and occasionally ordinary children from the outside world.

Come and join us as we take you on this magical tale to Neverland. You’ll meet lots of colourful characters along the way, including the mischievous Tinker Bell and the legendary Captain Hook.

Suitable for all the family, come and join in this magical adventure and don’t forget your fairydust – after all, we do believe in fairies!

Fri 21 Jun 19:30
£12.60 – £14.60
Sat 22 Jun 14:30
£12.60 – £14.60
Sat 22 Jun 19:30
£12.60 – £14.60

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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Greatest Perform

A collaboration of dynamic dances, sensational vocals and charismatic acting.

Perform with Emma Bassett

Saturday 6 July 2019

Come and watch performances from "The Greatest Showman", Disney and popular pop songs, to name only a few.

A show not to be missed.

Sat 6 Jul 15:00
£11.00 – £12.00
Sat 6 Jul 19:00
£11.00 – £12.00

No booking fees for any show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

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