|Cinderella||Ballet Theatre UK||16 January|
|Showcase 2011||Anna's Academy of Dance||29 January|
|Pinocchio||Patricia Veale School of Dance||4 February to 5 February|
|I Love Musicals||York College||9 February to 11 February|
|Billy Liar||York Stage Musicals||23 February to 26 February|
|Be My Baby||Rowntree Players||3 March to 5 March|
|The Songs Of Michael Buble - performed by Craig Turnbull and the Bridge Rats Big Band||Craig Turnbull||12 March|
|Music Night||Joseph Rowntree Theatre||13 March|
|Sweet Charity||YSJSU Musical Production Society||17 March to 18 March|
|Sing-a-long-a Pirates-of Penzance||Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company||19 March|
|Showstoppers 2011||Lisa Marie School of Dance||26 March|
|Dance Showcase||Evelyn Witcombe School of Dance||6 April to 9 April|
|Curtains||Flying Ducks Youth Theatre||14 April to 16 April|
|Calamity Jane||New Earswick Musical Society||4 May to 7 May|
|The Importance Of Being Earnest||Rowntree Players||19 May to 21 May|
|On A Night Like This - Charity Concert||Generation Groove||28 May|
|Brass on Broadway||Shepherd Group Brass Band||11 June|
|Little Shop of Horrors||York Light Opera Company||21 June to 25 June|
|Rebecca Newman - In Concert||Rebecca Newman||3 July|
|Cancelled: Dance, Dance, Dance 2011||Yvonne Hoque School of Dance||8 July to 9 July|
|Music Night||Joseph Rowntree Theatre||10 July|
|Armada||York Musical Theatre Company||28 July to 30 July|
|Music Night||Joseph Rowntree Theatre||4 September|
|MERSEYMANIA starring The Beat Club||Steve Quillon||10 September|
|Princess Ida||Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company||14 September to 17 September|
|A Grand Night For Singing||Millegro York Contemporary Choir||24 September|
|Two||Rowntree Players||29 September to 1 October|
|Steve Cassidy Band and Friends||Steve Cassidy Band||2 October|
|A Night with the Light||York Light Opera Company||8 October to 9 October|
|Paint it White||Playcation Studios||16 October|
|Last Night of the Proms||The Yorkshire Volunteer Band||22 October|
|Coward & Cole||York Musical Theatre Company||27 October to 29 October|
|Thoroughly Modern Millie||Happily Ever After Society||3 November to 5 November|
|Oklahoma!||New Earswick Musical Society||9 November to 12 November|
|The Flint Street Nativity||York Stage Musicals||16 November to 19 November|
|Saturday Night Fever||Prima Vocal Ensemble||26 November|
|Babes In The Wood||Rowntree Players||3 December to 10 December|
|Music Night||Joseph Rowntree Theatre||11 December|
|The Merry Wives of Windsor||Oddsocks||12 December|
|Gala Christmas Concert||Shepherd Group Brass Band||15 December to 16 December|
|Christmas Concert||Generation Groove||18 December|
Ballet Theatre UK’s new production of the classic ballet, Cinderella, tells everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story.
Cinderella is tormented by her spiteful stepsisters and would do anything to attend the Prince’s glamorous ball. Rejected, upset and alone, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother intervenes and transforms her into a glittering Princess who shall go to the ball.
Join Cinderella on her adventure of daring magic, hansom princes, glass slippers, and see if she can find her ‘happy ever after’…
Prokofiev’s uplifting score together with sumptuous costumes and sets conjure up the magical fantasy world of Cinderella perfectly.
Ballet Theatre UK promises to enchant you with this fairytale production of breath taking beauty and delight, showcasing a company of young and talented international dancers.
This ALL NEW production promises to be a highlight on the calendar of any dance fan.
Sunday 16 January 7:30pm
Saturday 29 January 2:00pm
Saturday 29 January 7:00pm
I Love Musicals
I ♥ MUSICALS
9 February to 11 February
With songs taken from such classic shows as Anything Goes , Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls together with contemporary numbers from Hair , Into The Woods and Rent, I ♥ MUSICALS brings together some of the best loved songs from across the years.
So join the Musical Theatre Students from York College ably supported by the Music Department as they sing and dance their way through ten decades of musical favourites.
Wednesday 9 February 7:30pm
Thursday 10 February 7:30pm
Friday 11 February 7:30pm
York Stage present Keith Waterhouse's famous comedy set in Leeds
23 February to 26 February
A Guy. Three Girls. One Ring.
The '50s for Billy Fisher are far from hip. He’s still living at home in Leeds and doing a dull job at the local undertakers. But Billy has his dreams, and they’re not just of becoming a movie star or winning the pools – he’s invented a whole country. Back in the real world he’s less successful and has managed to get himself engaged to two girls simultaneously, neither of whom he likes, and is currently sharing one engagement ring between them. When Liz, the girl he really cares for, returns from London, Billy’s lies all start to catch him up and it’s time to think fast or finally face up to the truth.
Wednesday 23 February 7:30pm
Thursday 24 February 7:30pm
Friday 25 February 7:30pm
Saturday 26 February 2:30pm Matinée
Saturday 26 February 7:30pm
Be My Baby
3 March to 5 March
Northern England 1964. Four unwed pregnant tearaways are brought together at St Saviours, a church run home. Over 2 months we share their fears, hopes and aspirations, in their unforeseen and unforgettable circumstances.
Surrounded by the music of the Dixie Cups, the Shangri-La’s and of course the Ronettes, this play couples tragedy with humour resulting in an unforgettable evening of drama that will stay with you for ever.
Thursday 3 March 7:30pm
Friday 4 March 7:30pm
Saturday 5 March 7:30pm
The Songs Of Michael Buble - performed by Craig Turnbull and the Bridge Rats Big Band
In Aid of Macmillan Cancer Care
The modern hits and reworked classics made famous by Michael Buble performed live with the Bridge Rats Big Band, with support from the Kate Peters Band
Saturday 12 March 7:30pm
17 March to 18 March
York St John Musical Production Society Presents Sweet Charity, a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It is based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. However, where Fellini's black-and-white Italian film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful prostitute, in the musical the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall.
The musical boasts huge hits such as Big Spender and If My Friends Could See Me Now as well as many more well known songs.
The main character Charity works at a dance club where she has seen only the dark side of life through bad relationships. One day she meets Oscar and believes her luck has changed. When things turn sour, Charity stays sweet and hopeful that someday her ideals will materialize. The show has been created by our creative team: Director – Michael Peck; Choreographer – Naomi Prescott; MD/Conductor – Jonathan Rees; AMD - Lauren Smith
It’s a musical for every one of all ages. So grab your tickets, warm up your vocals and come join us for what will be a fantastic show!
For ticket enquires please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07929 241795. Tickets also available at the students union on selected days
Thursday 17 March 7:30pm
Friday 18 March 7:30pm
Sing-a-long-a Pirates-of Penzance
Whether it's the patter of I am the very model of a modern Major-General, the triumphant shouts of Oh, better far to live and die ...I am a pirate king or the classic comedy policemen in When the foeman bares his steel there can't be many people who haven't heard and loved a song from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. A hit with audiences since it's premiere 131 years ago, the tale of Frederic, an apprentice pirate, who falls in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, is returning to York this March with a twist.
Sing-a-long-a-Pirates of Penzance will provide an evening of entertainment for everyone. Performed by Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company, this semi staged production, with narration encourages audience participation with all the choruses. Song sheets will be provided but if you have your own score you are welcome to bring it along. An excellent way to enjoy this popular production, suitable for all ages.
Saturday 19 March 7:30pm
Saturday 26 March 2:00pm Matinée
Saturday 26 March 7:00pm
A Whodunnit Comedy Musical - UK Youth Premiere
14 April to 16 April
The scene is set in Boston Massachusetts 1959. Jessica Cranshaw, the wholly untalented leading lady of the new musical Robbin Hood, collapses after the final curtain of the opening night, later to be pronounced dead. The question Lt. Frank Cioffi of the Boston Police Department needs to answer is WHO-DUNNIT?!
Underpaid and overworked, any one of the cast and crew of the critically reviewed show, Robbin Hood, may be considered a suspect. How did Christopher Belling, the show's flamboyant director, get them to agree to perform?
Could the murderer be Carmen Berstein, the tough, ruthless co-producer, needing to rid the show of the talentless leading lady and save the show? Or her philandering husband, Sidney Bernstein, eager to give his step-daughter Bambi a boost into the lime-light?
Does too-good-to-be-true Niki Harris, Jessica's understudy, want to leap into the leading role? Is her blossoming romance with Lt. Cioffi a way to put him off the trail?
Perhaps it is one of the divorced songwriting team of Aaron Fox and Georgia Hendricks, each having their own reasons for Georgia to be cast as the lead?
After another murder is discovered, the race is on for Lt. Cioffi to solve the case and ensure there is a cast left to re-open the show!
Unforgettable songs and a storyline to keep you guessing up until the final scene make this a must-see show.
Thursday 14 April 7:30pm
Friday 15 April 7:30pm
Saturday 16 April 2:30pm Matinée
Saturday 16 April 7:30pm
4 May to 7 May
Energetic musical about the unlikely romance of famed Western tomboy Calamity Jane and gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok
Wednesday 4 May 7:30pm
Thursday 5 May 7:30pm
Friday 6 May 7:30pm
Saturday 7 May 7:30pm
The Importance Of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
19 May to 21 May
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives.
Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolyn.
Algy Montcrieff decided to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor.
Things start to go awry when they end up together in country and their deceptions are discovered - threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits.
Thursday 19 May 7:30pm
Friday 20 May 7:30pm
Saturday 21 May 7:30pm
On A Night Like This - Charity Concert
Supporting Asthma UK
Generation Groove Big Band and Singers present a fun filled concert of family favourites to help raise money for Asthma UK. From Big Band to Pop there will be something for everyone so book your tickets now and help us raise much needed funds for this great charity
Saturday 28 May 7:30pm
Little Shop of Horrors
21 June to 25 June
Down on his luck, Seymour Krelborn spends day in day out slaving in Mr Musnik's Florists, mooning over the glamourous and ditsy assistant Audrey, and dreaming of a way out of downtown Skid Row. Until one day, during a total eclipse of the sun, Seymour stumbles upon a strange and exotic new plant that could change his luck forever.
An overnight success, the newly christened Audrey II offers Seymour a ticket out of Skid Row and perhaps even a chance of a date with the real life Audrey - but this ain't no ordinary shrub!
As Audrey II grows to monstrous proportions and develops unusual tendencies, Seymour gives in to her strange demands. Will Seymour survive Audrey II's plans, and can he grab his chance for a life of fame, fortune and true love?
Featuring music in the 1960's style, think The Ronettes, The Crystals and The Supremes. As featured in the 1986 film, includes Somewhere That's Green and Suddenly Seymour. Little Shop Of Horrors is a mouth-wateringly fun night out for all!
Suitable for children from age 8.
Tuesday 21 June 7:30pm
Wednesday 22 June 7:30pm
Thursday 23 June 7:30pm
Friday 24 June 7:30pm
Saturday 25 June 2:30pm
Saturday 25 June 7:30pm
Rebecca Newman - In Concert
Designed by Rebecca Newman
Rebecca will be headlining her own concert at the famous Joseph Rowntree Theatre, in York. Showcasing a selection of her current albums, both operatic arias and musicals, and introducing some new material.
Proceeds will go towards Rebecca's forthcoming album and a cheque presentation to Childline will be made from her fundraising over the past two years.
Her guest tenor for the evening will be the fantastic Ben Thapa, from the hit vocal group G4, along with Rebecca Gardner, a beautiful singer and pianist.
Sunday 3 July 7:00pm
Sunday Night is Music Night
Featuring The Tuesday Singers
Musical Director: Don Pears
Sunday 10 July 7:30pm
28 July to 30 July
Passion, Danger, Intrigue
1588. Elizabeth I is in power and the Spanish Armada is invading.
When country girl Sarah is summoned by the Queen to venture on board the English fleet she has no idea of the battles, espionage and trickery she will find herself in. How can her supernatural talents assist the English fleet? And will she escape her own battles of love she becomes entangled with?
Climb aboard this exciting journey of passion, danger and intrigue set in one of the most exciting periods of history.
Prepare to be swept away...
You can read more in the cast blog
Thursday 28 July 7:30pm
Friday 29 July 7:30pm
Saturday 30 July 7:30pm
Sunday Night is Music Night
A Celebration of the popular song - a selection of songs chosen by our soloists: George Horne, Alex Papachristou, Nick Briggs, Juliet Waters, Steph Crossley and Jo Pears
Musical Director: Don Pears
Sunday 4 September 7:30pm
MERSEYMANIA starring The Beat Club
The MAGIC and MUSIC of the 1960s Cavern Club recaptured in a PULSATING LIVE show!
Within minutes of this unique show starting, you’ll understand exactly why this musical craze swept across the globe in the 1960s.
Merseymania was the audience and record buyer’s reaction to the music that was played by the beat groups in Liverpool’s Cavern Club. Namely The Beatles, The Searchers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Rolling Stones, The Drifters, The Kinks, The Who etc. This is how those groups really sounded LIVE! down in the cellars of Mathew Street .
Recapturing those exciting times, and using instruments/amplifiers from the 1960’s, is The Beat Club featuring Steve Quillon. Steve’s from Liverpool and made appearances at the club in 1969. An achievement immortalised in The Cavern Wall of Fame in Mathew Street, Scouseland!
Spotlighting the years 1965 and 1969, you’ll hear all about the groups and characters at The Cavern . You’ll also see how the music and onstage fashion changed in those four years.
The Beat Club features on the July pages of the 2011 MERSEYBEAT LEGENDS calendar along with some of the iconic names listed earlier. The inclusion is an endorsement of just how highly rated The Beat Club is in Merseybeat circles.
This is the show’s first visit to York, is for one night only and definitely NOT TO BE MISSED!!
Be prepared to sing, scream, laugh and cheer!
Saturday 10 September 8:00pm
Can Prince Hilarion gain the love of the feminist Princess Ida, or will his love end in tragedy?
14 September to 17 September
Based on Tennyson's poem The Princess: A Medley, and written in blank verse, Princess Ida, Gilbert and Sullivan's 8th operatic collaboration, satirizes feminism, women's education and Darwinian evolution, all of which were hot topics when it was first produced in 1884.
Featuring a women's university, soldiers and cross dressing, can Prince Hilarion gain the love of the feminist Princess Ida, or will his love end in tragedy?
Wednesday 14 September 7:30pm
Thursday 15 September 7:30pm
Friday 16 September 7:30pm
Saturday 17 September 2:30pm Matinée
Saturday 17 September 7:30pm
A Grand Night For Singing
The must-see big annual show by York’s favourite contemporary choir who consistently lead the way with fresh new directions for vocal concerts in the city.
Come and enjoy an evening of inspiring music including Eric Whitacre’s 5 Hebrew Songs; Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango and selections from Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man and This Land of Ours.
Every musical taste is catered for by this vibrant 70 strong group, performing musical numbers by Rogers & Hammerstein, Manhattan Transfer, Contemporary Spirituals and a truly international selection of show-stopping pieces.
Musical Director: Ewa Salecka; Pianist: Greg Birch Plus guest musicians.
Saturday 24 September 7:30pm
29 September to 1 October
Two takes place over one night, in a pub, in the North of England. Two people - man and wife - landlord and landlady - a dynamic double act, magnetic hosts of their pub, where they've 'seen it all'. Serving drinks two-by-two to the twosomes in their pub. Each has a story to tell, sometimes quirky, sometimes sad but it's always a tale you identify with. Interwoven with pint-pulling we meet Moth, a man drawn to every flame yet utterly dependent on Maudie; two elderly pensioners; Mrs Iger who simply adores big men; Roy who has Lesley completely under control and two Elvis fans watching TV.
Two takes clever twists and turns before reaching a powerful and unexpected denouement.
Thursday 29 September 7:30pm
Friday 30 September 7:30pm
Saturday 1 October 7:30pm
Steve Cassidy Band and Friends
Great Music, from Then and Now
Sunday 2 October 7:30pm
A Night with the Light
A wonderful evening of song and dance from musicals and movies
8 October to 9 October
Featuring songs from Disney; Wicked; Avenue Q; Abba; Sister Act; South Pacific; The King & I and a whole lot more...
Saturday 8 October 7:30pm
Sunday 9 October 2:30pm Matinée
Sunday 9 October 7:30pm
Last Night of the Proms
Charity Concert In Aid Of Myasthenia Gravis
All monies taken to buy equipment for York Hospital Neurological & Respiratory Departments, to help people with most kinds of neurological & respiratory illnesses.
Our thanks for sponsorship from White Rose Foresters - for more details contact 01642 653062 or 01904 679939
Saturday 22 October 7:30pm
Coward & Cole
An evening of wit and romance from two of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century featuring the inimitable Paul Laidlaw at the piano
27 October to 29 October
Two illustrious legends of music, theatre and film, these stylish sophisticates, Noel Coward and Cole Porter, have entertained and charmed audiences the world over.
Coward, an English composer and playwright, is known for his sparkling wit, style and ingenuity in comedy. Cole is one of the most famous American composers whose elegant and sophisticated musicals dominated the Broadway stage in the 1930s and still do to this day. With often parallel careers, these two masterminds of the stage and screen met in the 1920s and remained friends for the rest of their lives.
York Musical Theatre Company brings a selection of Coward and Cole’s brilliance to the stage for an evening of de-lovely, delightful and delectable humour, music and pure entertainment.
Thursday 27 October 7:30pm
Friday 28 October 7:30pm
Saturday 29 October 2:30pm Matinée
Saturday 29 October 7:30pm
Thoroughly Modern Millie
A University of York Musical Theatre Production
Happily Ever After Society
3 November to 5 November
Set in 1920s New York City, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the tale of a young girl, Millie Dillmount, who has just arrived in the city in search of a new job, a new man and a new life.
It's a New York filled with intrigue and jazz - the play captures the feel of a time when social mores are changing forever and when the city is a dangerous place for a small town girl.
The stage musical is based upon the hit film of the 1960s but has been rewritten with a set of brilliant new songs and dance numbers.
Thursday 3 November 7:30pm
Friday 4 November 7:30pm
Saturday 5 November 7:30pm
9 November to 12 November
New Earswick Musical Society is proud to present Oklahoma! – a story of rivalries – which was the first musical collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and the first musical to tell the story with music and lyrics.
It tells of the controversy between the cattlemen and farmers, over land and water rights in the Indian territory, played out in the energetic and humorous musical number, The Farmer & The Cowman Should be Friends.
There’s the rivalry between the cowboy, Curly, (played by Steve Padfield) and the farmhand, Jud, (played by Chris Hagyard), for the love of Laurey, (played by Stephanie Crossley), expressed in well loved ballads of Surrey with a Fringe on the Top and People will say we’re in love.
And the rivalry between Ali Hakim, a Persian Pedlar and the cowboy Will Parker, (played by Andy Stone) for the hand of Ado Annie (played by Emily Rockliffe) a fickle, somewhat naive girl who explains herself hilariously in the word of her song, I Cain’t say No!
Will Aunt Eller (played by Carol Richardson) be able to successfully negotiate an end to the feud? Is a ‘Happy Ending’ possible where love triangles exist?
There is a reason why Oklahoma! broke all box office records when it first opened in 1943 and it’s revival in the West End in 1998 received to wide acclaim.
It is a show full of fun, laughter and romance, as relevant today as when first written, packed with unforgettable melodies including the title tune Oklahoma!, and Oh! What a Beautiful Mornin', Many a New Day, and Out of my Dreams.
Wednesday 9 November 7:30pm
Thursday 10 November 7:30pm
Friday 11 November 7:30pm
Saturday 12 November 2:30pm Matinée
Saturday 12 November 7:30pm
The Flint Street Nativity
16 November to 19 November
The Flint Street Nativity was originally a TV comedy produced for Yorkshire Television and aired during Christmas 1999.
The eight-year-old pupils of Flint Street Primary School, all played by adults, perform the nativity play for their parents. The story is based on real events, collected over a period of ten years from members of Tim Firth's family and friends who were teachers.
The Flint Street Nativity takes the simple gimmick of having adults play primary school children preparing for a Nativity play and lets things rip.
Children, as has been said, are just small adults anyway and this is underlined in this comedy/ drama. Just like grown-ups, they have their hang-ups, worries, family problems, personality defects and petty jealousies.
What makes the situation funny in this comedy is that the children are brutally honest in most of what they say. When they have secret thoughts, they are related in adapted lines from well-known carols.
Cheshire writer Tim Firth knows children, knows how they speak and what motivates them.
Wednesday 16 November 7:30pm
Thursday 17 November 7:30pm
Friday 18 November 7:30pm
Saturday 19 November 2:30pm Matinée
Saturday 19 November 7:30pm
Saturday Night Fever
York’s Celebration of Film Music
Prima Vocal Ensemble, York's modern 90 voice choir give you another thrilling night out at the theatre. Be carried away by a carnival of movie themes you love, heard in unique arrangements and performed for the first time in York!
You will hear memorable hits such as The Power of Love (Back to the Future), May it Be (The Lord of the Rings), Nine to Five, Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop), Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire), Stayin' Alive (Saturday Night Fever), James Bond themes, Shout! (Sister Act), I See You (Avatar) to name just a few! Great entertainment for families and all generations!
Musical Director: Ewa Salecka; Pianist: Greg Birch
Joined on stage as always by guest musicians.
Proceed from programme sales in aid of York Against Cancer
Saturday 26 November 7:30pm
Babes In The Wood
3 December to 10 December
Legend tells of Robin Hood and his Merry Men's battle to tame the evil Sheriff of Nottingham - but few know of the part played by the Sheriff's orphaned relatives and the children of the forest.
That is until now!!
This year let Rowntree Players take you deep into Sherwood Forest - where with a little help from the woodland Nymph - and some fantastic catering by Sue the Cook and her able (ish) assistant Preston; the Sheriff will meet his greatest challenge yet. Oh - and keep an eye out for the bears - they're causing the villagers no end of problems!
With silly stories, song and dance, re-cycled jokes galore and plenty of audience interaction it will be, once again, a brand new rollocking romp of a panto!
Saturday 3 December 2:00pm Matinée
Saturday 3 December 7:30pm
Sunday 4 December 2:00pm Matinée
Monday 5 December 7:30pm
Tuesday 6 December 7:30pm
Wednesday 7 December 7:30pm
Thursday 8 December 7:30pm
Friday 9 December 7:30pm
Saturday 10 December 2:00pm Matinée
Saturday 10 December 7:30pm
A Celebration Of The Popular Song
Musical Director: Don Pears
Soloists include: Jo Pears, Steph Crossley, Alexa Chaplin, Richard Blackburn, John Hall and George Horne
Sunday 11 December 7:30pm
The Merry Wives of Windsor
This Time The Wives Are On Top
There’s a right raucous rumbustious romp going on in jolly old Windsor town and no mistake!
Hold on to your 1950 style hats Oddsocks fans, as two merry wives give that lovable “naughty knight”; that most famous of Shakespearean characters… yes you’ve guessed it: Fatty Falstaff, a shock he’ll never forget, in return for his unwanted amorous attentions.
Laughter, surprises and fun for all the family guaranteed, so hurry along now do and purchase those lovely tickets for an exciting evening of infectious frivolity!
Monday 12 December 7:30pm
Gala Christmas Concert
15 December to 16 December
Featuring all Shepherd Group Brass Bands including the newly formed Youth Band.
Early booking is essential for this very popular concert.
Thursday 15 December 7:30pm
Friday 16 December 7:30pm