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275th Birthday Celebration Weekend
Fri Aug 9 - Sun Aug 11Free
2019 marks the 275th anniversary of York Theatre Royal. That’s a BIG birthday, so we thought we’d celebrate this summer with an open weekend of free activities and events. From Friday 09 to Sunday 11 August, the theatre will be packed with tours, exhibitions, taster sessions and feasts – it’s going to be one big party, and you’re invited! Scroll down to find out all the ways you can take part and celebrate with us…
275TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION THEATRE TOURS
Join us on a special guided tour of the theatre, enter our hidden backstage world, discover the secrets of our Grade II* listed building and find out more about its fascinating history. These FREE tours last 30 minutes and start in the foyer.
A GHOSTLY LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES
Creaks in the corridors, a shadow on the stairs… Renowned actor and ghost geek Julian Fitzmaurice leads an expedition exploring the spooky goings on which have happened at the theatre over the centuries. Only the bravest adventurers need apply!
DISCOVER OUR AMAZING COSTUMES
The De Grey Rooms will be transformed for our birthday weekend celebrations with an exhibition showcasing an amazing array of costumes from our Costume Department. Talk to Pauline and Claire from Costume Hire and discover the fascinating stories behind our costumes.
A rare opportunity to see clothing and accessories from our store of precious items, plus hand drawn designs from our past productions as well as vintage and antique items.
This FREE exhibition will be open from 11am-4pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August.
275TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BBQ
Our chefs will be cooking up a storm during our birthday celebration weekend with a BBQ on our patio. Lamb and chicken shawarma will be on offer, as well as grilled halloumi. All served with pittas, tabbouleh salad, greek salad, tzatziki and hummus. Our café will also be selling a whole range of tasty sweet treats.
Our Birthday BBQ will be fired up Saturday 10 August, 11am-6.30pm and Sunday 11 August, 11am-4pm.
SING YOUR HEART OUT
Come along and join the unique York Theatre Royal Choir for a FREE taster session. From vocal warm ups to learning a piece of music for use in a theatre production, see how our choir is unique among York choirs. This could be the start of a whole new challenge if you love both singing and theatre!
Saturday 10 August, 11.30am to 12.15pm in the Studio
Saturday 10 August, 2.45pm to 3.30pm in the Studio
Sunday 11 August, 1pm to 1.45pm in the Upper Foyer
No need to book, just turn up (FREE)!
PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP SCREEN TAKEOVER
Our volunteer Photography Group will be taking over our foyer screens with their favourite photos taken of our theatre, from behind the scenes sneak peaks to fabulous production photographs.
CAKE AND CRAFT SALE WITH THE FRIENDS OF YORK THEATRE ROYAL
The Friends of York Theatre Royal will be hosting a cake and crafts sale during our birthday weekend celebrations – come and check out their wares in Workshop 2, De Grey Rooms.