May 2009

Show Performer Performances
The History Boys York Stage Musicals Tue 28 Apr to Sat 2 May 2009
Spring Concert Shepherd Group Brass Band Fri 8 May 2009
Calling Occupants Generation Groove Sat 9 May 2009
The Magic Flute York Opera Tue 12 May to Sat 16 May 2009
Lend me a Tenor Rowntree Players Thu 21 May to Sat 23 May 2009

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The History Boys

by Alan Bennett. A YORK STAGE PREMIERE

York Stage Musicals

Tuesday 28 April to Saturday 2 May 2009

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool. In Alan Bennett's award winning play, staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.

The History Boys is one of the finest plays Bennett has ever written, packed with superb one-liners. A play of depth as well as dazzle, intensely moving as well as thought-provoking and funny.

The History Boys premiered at The National Theatre in May 2004.
The History Boys was released as a film in 2006.

  • Tuesday 28 April 2009 19:30
  • Wednesday 29 April 2009 19:30
  • Thursday 30 April 2009 19:30
  • Friday 1 May 2009 19:30
  • Saturday 2 May 2009 14:30
  • Saturday 2 May 2009 19:30

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Spring Concert

Shepherd Group Brass Band

Friday 8 May 2009

Once again the 3 bands that represent The Shepherd Group Brass Band organisation are back to entertain this spring at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre with songs old and new. The Beginners Band will charm you; The Concert Band will give you a true taste of brass band music that will lead into the main course that is The Senior Band. The music will be uplifting and enjoyable.

  • Friday 8 May 2009 19:30

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Calling Occupants

A night of music and entertainment for all the family to enjoy

Generation Groove

Saturday 9 May 2009

  • Saturday 9 May 2009 19:30

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The Magic Flute

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

York Opera

Tuesday 12 May to Saturday 16 May 2009

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) was Mozart's last opera and is often hailed as his greatest. Performed more than one hundred times in its first year alone, the opera gathered ever-increasing public acclaim, but lost its composer, who died barely a month after the première in December 1791.

Influenced by the ideals of humanity put forward by Freemasonry, Mozart and his librettist, Emanuel Schikaneder - both members of the Brotherhood - created a witty, intriguing and spectacular tale, which tells of the Prince Tamino's endeavor for victory over the powers of darkness and evil. Only with the protection of the magic flute and bells, can Tamino and the delightful Birdcatcher, Papageno, conquer the trials and perils of the journey before them...

Director: John Soper
Musical Director: Alasdair Jamieson

  • Tuesday 12 May 2009 19:15
  • Wednesday 13 May 2009 19:15
  • Friday 15 May 2009 19:15
  • Saturday 16 May 2009 19:15

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Lend me a Tenor

by Ken Ludwig

Rowntree Players

Thursday 21 May to Saturday 23 May 2009

Set in 1934, the farce revolves around renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as "Il Stupendo," who is scheduled to sing the lead in Otello, produced as a gala fundraiser for the Cleveland Opera Company. Unfortunately, even before the star leaves his hotel room, everything begins to unravel. Chaos ensues when Merelli's wife, who has mistaken an autograph-seeker hidden in his closet for a secret lover, leaves him a "Dear John" letter. The distraught Merelli accidentally is given a double dose of tranquilizers to calm him and passes out. Saunders, the company's General Manager, is determined the show must go on (for his own financial sake), so he asks his assistant Max to impersonate the opera star. Max puts on the blackface makeup required for the role of Otello, and his disguise succeeds admirably — until Merelli, also in blackface, wakes up and heads for the stage. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres, innuendoes, and constant entrances and exits through many doors.

  • Thursday 21 May 2009 19:30
  • Friday 22 May 2009 19:30
  • Saturday 23 May 2009 19:30