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Joseph Rowntree Theatre Company

Joseph Rowntree Theatre Company

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre Company was established in 2017 to raise funds for the maintenance and development of the theatre while entertaining audiences with innovative new productions of both classic and contemporary musicals.

The in-house company was founded by producer-director Kayleigh Oliver, ably supported by assistant director Alex Schofield. Both had previously performed many times on the Joseph Rowntree Theatre stage and were keen to help build on its already enviable reputation as a quality, inclusive venue.

"We wanted to give back to the theatre as a thank you for the support it has shown performers and companies across the city for decades. Most theatres have their own company and, once we put forward our case, the board decided to go for it. They’ve been very generous, giving us free rein to choose our own shows and our own style".

Since the company launched in high-kicking, goose-stepping style with The Producers in February 2018, we have raised over £23,000 for the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

For details of how you can get involved in future shows both on stage and behind the scenes, contact company@josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept performers under 18 unless there are specific roles for children in the show.

Production history

Coming in February 2024: Curtains (Director: Alex Schofield, Musical Director: Scott Phillips)

  • 2023: Hello, Dolly!
    • Director: Kathryn Lay, Musical Director: Martin Lay
  • 2022: Kipps: The New Half a Sixpence Musical
    • Director: Kayleigh Oliver, Musical Director: James Robert Ball
  • 2020: Made in Dagenham
    • Director: Kayleigh Oliver, Musical Director: Tim Selman
  • 2019: Kiss Me Kate
    • Director: Kayleigh Oliver, Musical Director: Tim Selman
  • 2018: The Producers
    • Director: Kayleigh Oliver, Musical Director: Jess Douglas

As well as our annual main show, we’ve also produced a number of concerts and smaller productions.