York Shakespeare Festival
By, that Will Shakespeare – he could write a bit, couldn’t he? And to prove it, the first ever York International Shakespeare Festival (or York Shakes for short) is showcasing the Bard’s versatility. One of the highlights is the all-woman version of Romeo And Juliet by stage innovators the Flanagan Collective – at St Olave’s Church, Marygate, until May 23 – more here.
York Makers Spring Fair
Browse (and very probably buy) local handmade goods at a fair organised by York Makers, a group of talented artists and craftspeople. Stalls include everything from vintage-style dresses to handmade chocolate, and there are workshops too. At Clements Hall on Saturday – more here.
How can you tell me you’re lonely – when Ralph McTell’s in town? The singer celebrates 50 years in music with a headlining performance at Poppleton Live on Saturday. The fest also features music from Jez Lowe, Gilded Thieves, Deborah Rose, Keegan Snaize, Grand Old Uke of York and Zak Ford – more here.
Battlegroup North is a three-day, family-friendly demonstration of all things military, including aircraft displays, trade stalls and NAAFI food and hospitality. Entertainment comes from the Hotsie Totsies. Saturday and Sunday at the Yorkshire Air Museum – more here.
Theatre at the NRM
There’s free theatre at the National Railway Museum as the Theatre Royal begins its residency there. This Is A Public Announcement sees York University students perform original plays based on interviews and documentary material, offering a ‘platform’ for local and national voices. Three performances a day until Saturday – more here.
Reginald D Hunter
One of comedy’s best-known performers, Reginald D Hunter brings his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality to York Barbican on Saturday. His work can be brutally honest, but it’s meticulously thought out and very funny – more here.