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Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 31 January to Sunday 1 February 2015

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York City Gospel Choir - Gospel Night!

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A return of this wonderful choir providing an evening of uplifting & joyous music for all.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Saturday 31 January 2015

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Cinderella

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Cinderella ballet with a Charleston twist in Jazz & Tap

Patricia Veale School of Dance

Friday 6 February to Saturday 7 February 2015

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Trip The Light - YSJ Dance Competition

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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

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Upcoming Events in the Theatre
January 2015
Residents' FestivalJoseph Rowntree Theatre31 January – 1 February
York City Gospel Choir - Gospel Night!Joseph Rowntree Theatre31 January
February 2015
CinderellaPatricia Veale School of Dance 6 – 7 February
Trip The Light - YSJ Dance CompetitionYork St John Dance14 February
The History BoysPick Me Up Theatre20 – 28 February
Our Day OutPick Me Up Theatre21 – 28 February
March 2015
The 39 StepsRowntree Players 5 – 7 March
Music NightJoseph Rowntree Theatre 8 March
The Wedding SingerYork St John Musical Production Society12 – 14 March
A Little Night MusicYork Musical Theatre Company18 – 21 March
The WizFlying Ducks Youth Theatre26 – 28 March
April 2015
Cox & Box plus a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan favouritesJorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company11 April
Fundraising ConcertThe London Adventist Chorale12 April
Gala Concert in aid of NSPCCMargaret Berg School of Music18 April
Oliver!New Earswick Musical Society22 – 25 April
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Residents' Festival

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

31 January to 1 February

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

Saturday 31 January 10:00am

Sunday 1 February 10:00am

Tickets: Free - just turn up (workshops must be booked using the link above)

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

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York City Gospel Choir - Gospel Night!

A return of this wonderful choir providing an evening of uplifting & joyous music for all.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

31 January

A fundraising performance in aid of the Theatre.

  • Wonderful choir, excellent harmonies, brilliant soloists - so glad I came!
  • Amazing inspirational music...a really powerful performance.

Saturday 31 January 7:30pm

Tickets: £8.00 (£7.00 concessions)

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

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Email tickets@jrtheatre.co.uk — 01904 639117

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Cinderella

Cinderella ballet with a Charleston twist in Jazz & Tap

Patricia Veale School of Dance

6 February to 7 February

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

An enchanting show for young children and all ages.

Friday 6 February 7:30pm

Saturday 7 February 2:30pm

Saturday 7 February 7:30pm

Tickets: Adults £14.00 Concessions £10.50

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

Patricia Veale School of Dance — 01904 799640

Email mickelaclarey@live.co.uk

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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

14 February

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.

Saturday 14 February 10:00am

Tickets: £10.00 for competitors; £4.00 for spectators

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

Joe Gurski – joseph.gurski@yorksj.ac.uk

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The History Boys

Britain's Favourite Play

Pick Me Up Theatre

20 February to 28 February

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.

Friday 20 February 7:30pm

Saturday 21 February 7:30pm

Monday 23 February 7:30pm

Wednesday 25 February 7:30pm

Thursday 26 February 7:30pm

Saturday 28 February 2:30pm Matinée

Tickets: £12.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

York Theatre Royal Box Office — 01904 623568

Pick Me Up Theatre Online Booking

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Our Day Out

Willy Russell's classic musical

Pick Me Up Theatre

21 February to 28 February

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.

Saturday 21 February 2:30pm Matinée

Sunday 22 February 2:30pm Matinée

Tuesday 24 February 7:30pm

Friday 27 February 7:30pm

Saturday 28 February 7:30pm

Tickets: £12.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

York Theatre Royal Box Office — 01904 623568

Pick Me Up Theatre Online Booking

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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock and rewritten by Patrick Barlow in 2005.

Rowntree Players

5 March to 7 March

The story is a classic portrayal of one man's flight from wrong accusation through a series of improbable adventures as he is pursued by the authorities. Romance comes from him being handcuffed to a woman, with whom he ultimately falls in love. Finally, the true villains are exposed and our hero is vindicated.

Thursday 5 March 7:30pm

Friday 6 March 7:30pm

Saturday 7 March 7:30pm

Tickets: £12.00; Concessions: £10.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

Rowntree Players Booking — 07927 026071

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Music Night

Music Night is a fundraising concert for the Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

8 March

Now in it's 22nd year! Songs from across the repertoire including songs from the shows and popular standards.

Musical Director: Don Pears

Sunday 8 March 7:30pm

Tickets: Adults £10.00; Concessions £9.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

01904 639117

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The Wedding Singer

Celebrating MPS 50th Anniversary

York St John Musical Production Society

12 March to 14 March

A 1985 musical comedy, Rock Star wannabe Robbie Heart is a well-known, well-loved wedding singer until the light of his life - Linda, leaves him standing at the altar. Distraught after being jilted by his bride Robbie sets out to destroy everyone else's wedding - then he meets Julia an admiring young waitress who Robbie falls for - only Julia is about to marry a Wall Street shark! Can Robbie pull off a show stopping performance and win the girl of his dreams?

York St. John Musical Production Society (MPS) is an amateur group of students all studying full-time degrees. This year is MPS' 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion MPS bring The Wedding Singer to stage!

Thursday 12 March 7:30pm

Friday 13 March 7:30pm

Saturday 14 March 2:30pm Matinée

Saturday 14 March 7:30pm

Tickets: Adults £12.00; Concessions £10.00; YSJ students £8.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

Abi — 07956715151

Email abi.sears@yorksj.ac.uk

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A Little Night Music

A tangled web of love, passion and endless possibilities in Sondheim’s most popular show

York Musical Theatre Company

18 March to 21 March

You’re invited to a weekend in the country…

Elegant and bewitching actress Desirée Armfeldt invites you to her grand and glamorous country estate where a tangled web of love, passion and endless possibilities weaves its way into the hearts and minds of all her guests.

One of Sondheim’s most popular shows, A Little Night Music is set in turn of the century Sweden in a world of intrigue, desire and waltzes. Winner of countless Broadway and West End awards and featuring the enchanting ‘Send in the Clowns’, this evocative musical costume drama with its sweeping score has charmed audiences the world over.

  • melodic and lyrical sophistication. I found myself continually entranced - DAILY TELEGRAPH
  • three hours of gloriously barbed bliss and bewitchment - INDEPENDENT
  • Sondheim. The master of contemporary musical - NEW YORK TIMES
  • book and lyrics touch something sublime in Send in the Clowns - DAILY MAIL

Wednesday 18 March 7:30pm

Thursday 19 March 7:30pm

Friday 20 March 7:30pm

Saturday 21 March 2:30pm Matinée

Saturday 21 March 7:30pm

Tickets: £17.00; Concessions £16.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

York Musical Theatre Company Online Booking

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The Wiz

He’s the Wiz and he lives in Oz! Ease on down the yellow brick road with this rock, gospel and soul version of the much-loved story.

Flying Ducks Youth Theatre

26 March to 28 March

He’s The Wiz and he lives in Oz! He’s also the man Dorothy needs to help her get back home to Kansas! But in this modern, urban version of the much-loved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy’s journey through the surreal Land of Oz to the Emerald City is told through amazing rock, gospel and soul songs and energetic dances.

Flying Ducks Youth Theatre are very proud to present this spectacular award-winning musical adventure written by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown. The Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion all join Dorothy on her quest, and there is still the matter of the Wicked Witch of the West to contend with!

Thursday 26 March 7:30pm

Friday 27 March 7:30pm

Saturday 28 March 2:30pm Matinée

Saturday 28 March 7:30pm

Tickets: £8.00 to £10.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

York Theatre Royal Box Office — 01904 623568

Michael Whyte — 01904 768963

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Cox & Box plus a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan favourites

Two lodgers, one bedroom, one unexpected meeting....

Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company

11 April

Adapted from the famous farce Box and Cox, by John Madison Morton, Cox & Box was Sir Arthur Sullivan’s first foray into comic opera.

Sergeant Bouncer, an old soldier, has a scheme to get double rent from a single room. By day he lets it to Mr. Box (a printer who is out all night) and by night to Mr. Cox (a hatter who works all day).

His plan works well until Mr. Cox is, unexpectedly, given a day's holiday and the two lodgers meet, and they discover that they share more than the same bed...

The second act will consist of a selection of some of the most well-known and popular Gilbert and Sullivan music, and will chart the history of the famous and prolific partnership.

A mixture of solos, ensemble pieces and chorus numbers, from a range of shows, including The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S Pinafore, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Saturday 11 April 7:30pm

Tickets: £10.00; Concessions £9.00; Under 16’s Free

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

York Theatre Royal Box Office — 01904 623568

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Fundraising Concert

Experience the live concert of this prestigious a cappella, choral, negro spiritual and contemporary gospel choir

The London Adventist Chorale

12 April

The prestigious London Adventist Chorale will be performing a Fundraising Concert in support for the Hilltop Wellness Centre (HWC) in the Philippines. HWC aims to help less-privileged people who could not afford synthetic medications in the hospital but be treated using natural healing remedies. All proceeds would go to the on-going building projects in the centre.

The church-based Chorale formed in 1981 has developed an inspiring and high-calibre repertoire of Classical, Jazz and Gospel songs. Under the helm of Ken Burton, Principal Director, the choir has received musical accolades such as: The Sainsbury's Choir of the Year 1994-1995, The Best Choir award at the BBC Gem Award in 2005.

Their high-quality performance took them to concerts and tours all over the world: Australia, USA, Zimbabwe, Turkey, France, to name a few.

In 2012, The London Adventist Chorale performed at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Concert before more than 12,000 guests at Buckingham Palace. And most recently, in September 2013 the Chorale performed at the G8 Speakers Conference at the House of Commons.

Experience the live concert of this prestigious a cappella, choral, negro spiritual, contemporary gospel choir; awarded the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year 1994 title and regular guest singers on BBC “Songs of Praise” over the years. Directed by the gifted conductor, composer, musician, vocalist and celebrity television choir judge, Ken Burton, you are guaranteed a performance of excellence.

Sunday 12 April 2:00pm Matinée

Tickets: £12.00; Children 7-12 £5.00; Under 7s Free; Early Birds £10.00 (until 12th March 2015); On the door £15.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

Roxane Digman Nkomo or Bhekss Nkomo — 07412561059 or 07723000143

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Gala Concert in aid of NSPCC

An evening of music and song from Pop to West End Musicals

Margaret Berg School of Music

18 April

Students and friends from Margaret Berg School of Music perform popular songs and excerpts from West End Musicals, Movies and Shows.

All proceeds for the benefit of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Saturday 18 April 7:30pm

Tickets: £12

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

Julie Christy — 01904 766227 or 07811242184 or julie@pchristy.freeserve.co.uk

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Oliver!

Consider yourself one of the family!

New Earswick Musical Society

22 April to 25 April

Oliver is one of the most beloved British musicals, vividly bringing to life Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more.

New Earswick Musical Society present this fantastic musical with a sensational score full of Lionel Bart's irresistible songs including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I'd Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.

Wednesday 22 April 7:30pm

Thursday 23 April 7:30pm

Friday 24 April 7:30pm

Saturday 25 April 2:30pm Matinée

Saturday 25 April 7:30pm

Tickets: £10.00; £14.00; £15.00

Booking fees may apply to ticket purchases.

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