February 2015


Show Performer Performances
Residents' Festival Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sat 31 Jan to Sun 1 Feb 2015
Cinderella The Patricia Veale School of Dance Fri 6 Feb to Sat 7 Feb 2015
Trip The Light - YSJ Dance Competition York St John Dance Sat 14 Feb 2015
The History Boys Pick Me Up Theatre Fri 20 Feb to Sat 28 Feb 2015
Our Day Out Pick Me Up Theatre Sat 21 Feb to Sat 28 Feb 2015

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Residents' Festival

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 31 January to Sunday 1 February 2015

The theatre will be open during both days for tours of this lovely listed building led by our volunteers. In addition, theatre workshops for young people in School Years 6 - 8 will give taster sessions for those interested in "having a go". (Prior booking for workshops is essential as numbers are restricted).

Workshops may be booked on Eventbrite:-

In case of any queries please email festival@jrtheatre.co.uk

Sat 31 Jan 10:00
Sun 1 Feb 10:00
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Cinderella

Cinderella ballet with a Charleston twist in Jazz & Tap

The Patricia Veale School of Dance

Friday 6 February to Saturday 7 February 2015

A magical story of the Cinderella ballet with a Charleston twist in Jazz & Tap.

An enchanting show for young children and all ages.

Fri 6 Feb 19:30
Sat 7 Feb 14:30
Sat 7 Feb 19:30
Cancelled
Trip The Light - YSJ Dance Competition Image

Trip The Light - YSJ Dance Competition

York St John University’s second dance competition held at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre by YSJ Dance Club.

York St John Dance

Saturday 14 February 2015

Universities from around the country come and join us at the theatre to compete in categories including Tap, Ballet, Street and Contemporary at intermediate and advanced levels.

A fun day to be had by all those involved.

Sat 14 Feb 10:00
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The History Boys

Britain's Favourite Play

Pick Me Up Theatre

Friday 20 February to Saturday 28 February 2015

Voted the "nation's favourite play" and hailed as "life-enhancing" when it first opened at the National Theatre, Alan Bennett's The History Boys is being staged at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York as part of a Pick Me Up Theatre school-themed double bill with Willy Russell's Our Day Out.

In a Northern town in the late 1980s, eight boys are being groomed for Oxbridge.

Hector, the eccentric English master, teaches the boys poetry that he hopes will prepare them for the ‘long littleness of life’.

But the league-table-obsessed Headmaster is not willing to leave them in Hector’s hands alone, and to complement him and the much put-upon history teacher Mrs Lintott, the Head employs Mr Irwin, a young teacher with a unique view on history, and how to get into Oxbridge.

As if soaking up Auden, Housman and understanding the causes of the Second World War weren’t taxing enough, the boys have also to try and unravel their emerging sexualities, and discover what school, university and education are really about.

Featuring: Joe Hudson, Lee West, Riley Anderson, Daniel McGuinness, Sam Baxter, Will Campbell-Burrell, George Stagnell and Sam Hird as THE HISTORY BOYS with lan Small as Hector, Adam Tomlinson as The Headmaster joined by Neil Foster and Barbara Johnson as teachers Mr lrwin and Mrs Lintott.

Fri 20 Feb 19:30
Sat 21 Feb 19:30
Mon 23 Feb 19:30
Wed 25 Feb 19:30
Thu 26 Feb 19:30
Sat 28 Feb 14:30
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Our Day Out

Willy Russell's classic musical

Pick Me Up Theatre

Saturday 21 February to Saturday 28 February 2015

Our Day Out was a massive TV hit when it was originally written in 1976 – and in 2009 Willy Russell re-worked the script and added some fantastic songs (the songs and music co-written with director Bob Eaton) to create Our Day Out – The Musical.

Willy Russell said it was "one of the very very best theatrical experiences of my life – I can’t wait to do it again”.

A very funny and heartwarming story, Mrs Kay’s Progress Class are all on board and bound for Alton Towers until Mr Briggs gets on board! The destination changes to a zoo in North Wales but there is no stopping the fun on a trip for the class that always gets left behind.

Big dance numbers, instantly recognisable characters and songs so catchy you’ll be singing them for weeks, all feature.

"I’m in love with Sir
But Sir doesn’t care
Cos Sir’s in love with her
Over there
With the hair
The bleedin’ mare"

Our Day Out is playing alongside Alan Bennett's The History Boys in a school-themed Pick Me Up Theatre season at York's Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Sat 21 Feb 14:30
Sun 22 Feb 14:30
Tue 24 Feb 19:30
Fri 27 Feb 19:30
Sat 28 Feb 19:30