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York Theatre Royal

St. Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD, England
+44 1904 623568
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Brilliant Panto

Good theatrical venue. Cafe and snack bar get quite crowded. It is interesting to see how many... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2014
Anthony H
Danville, Kentucky
The best pantomime in the country

having been to the panto at Theatre Royal for the last 6 year we can recommend the venue for a... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2014
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 250 years and is one of the country's leading producing theatres. Each year the theatre entertains over 200,000 people with its wide variety of performances, events and activities including the much loved annual pantomime starring Berwick Kaler, the UK's longest-running Dame. Over the last ten years York Theatre Royal's work has expanded to include collaborations with the wider community and school groups both on and off stage. The theatre has seen an increase in the number of young people wanting to get involved and as a result they now have one of the largest youth theatre groups in the country with over 300 members. In recent years, the theatre has had huge success in terms of number of attendees and various awards recognising their work for The Railway Children hosted at the National Railway Museum and then transferred to the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo, and the large scale production of the York Mystery Plays 2012 involving over 1,000 members of the community. The theatre reopened Friday 22 April following a £6million redevelopment, with a new roof, an extended and re-modelled front of house area, a refurbished and redecorated main auditorium and with major improvements to access and environmental impact. York Theatre Royal is now a building fit for a 21st century audience that will be sustainable and able to thrive into the future.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
St. Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD, England
+44 1904 623568
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Good theatrical venue. Cafe and snack bar get quite crowded. It is interesting to see how many co-productions there are. Well worth a visit if you are visiting York

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 4 February 2014

having been to the panto at Theatre Royal for the last 6 year we can recommend the venue for a great night out in York

Thank BillT1501
Reviewed 1 February 2014

In York for 2 nights for my wife's birthday (no kids) and decided to go to the theatre. Went to see Aladdin & the Twankeys and what a great night. There was no 'A' list celerities but the cast were excellent and the jokes classic....More

Thank Plord01
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Ideally situated in the city centre close to the Minster and the other main attractions, the theatre foyer and cafe are modern but imaginitive, set amidst the structure of the much older building. The theatre auditorium is very attractive and comfortable. Service was good in...More

Thank HanoverCheltenham
Reviewed 26 January 2014

If you only do 1 panto make sure it is the one here, it is quite unique and an experience which you won't forget. Berwick Kaler and his team put on an amazing show, and for us it is so much part of the Christmas...More

Thank Jen C
Reviewed 18 January 2014

York Theatre Royal has been around a long time, has regular productions (both professional and local amateur) and boasts many West End names who have trod on it's stage. The annual pantomime, from mid-December for about 8 weeks, is a local treat with theatregoers coming...More

Thank Teri015
Reviewed 17 January 2014

I know coming from York I could be seen as biased , but I am not . This is quite the best family entertainment going , although will notice the audience is two thirds adults! There is no dame dolled up in silly make up...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Berick Kaylor and his highly professional group of actors pull it off every year; each panto is just the same as always - great fun, wonderful scenes, well-trained dancers, disciplined children who have a great sense of humour - but this is where the similarity...More

Thank BarryJohn4
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Liked the simplicity of the panto and all that goes with laughing and shouting at the cast. Localised personality performers were slightly lost on someone from Edinburgh but did not distract from the effort made to make the whole afternoon nothing but pleasure

Thank Co4ch
Reviewed 8 January 2014

brilliant panto wouldn't miss it we have been going for several years now and must say its one of the best pantos every year it gets better location of theatre is very good walking distance from most hotels etc everyone is friendly

Thank millyWarwickshire
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Emma F
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Response from MedEngland | Reviewed this property |
The Studio seating is in the shape of a "U" - that is seating on three sides, each side has three tiered rows with a further row of 8 seats on the left hand side. Row A (normally 26 seats max) is on the flat level, so is... More