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Northern Broadsides touring “Cyrano de Bergerac”

Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, join forces in a spring touring production bringing their celebrated musical panache, acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style to a swashbuckling tale of unrequited love set in the golden age of musketeers: “Cyrano de Bergerac“. Paris, 1640.  Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant poet and swordsman, […]

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The Tempest, live from Stratford to Helmsley

Live relays of plays from London and elsewhere come thick and fast now, so are no longer news, and we don’t blog them as often as we did in the early days of this new theatrical venture. However, occasionally one comes along that deserves highlighting (in our opinion!). Into this category falls the Royal Shakespeare […]

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A round-up of Christmas shows

Advertising “ Snow White” at the Helmsley Arts Centre reminds us that the pantomime season is upon us. For the best seats at the big shows you need to have booked long ago, but don’t despair, there’s plenty going on with seats still available. Here’s a round-up of shows we know about, within striking distance […]

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Snow White at the Helmsley Arts Centre

Helmsley Arts Centre’s pantomime, Snow White, opens this Saturday, December 3. Join the in-house theatre company for the ever popular traditional 1812 pantomime, this year bringing a new take on a classic tale. With fabulous songs and dances, fun for all the family and sparkling local performers of all ages in a top quality show […]

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“Brief Lives” returns

In the spring of 2015, Beverley based theatre company Other Lives Productions toured “Brief Lives“, a one-man show which follows a day in the life of John Aubrey, the seventeenth century diarist. The show has now been revived for a further tour. We saw this on the first run and can warmly recommend it as […]

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North Country Theatre return with The Wish House

North Country Theatre is celebrating its 20th Anniversary year with a new play called “The Wish House”, a sinister story of superstition, sacrifice and dirty laundry. Based in the Yorkshire Dales, North Country Theatre specialises in taking professional theatre out into the country, touring to village halls, small theatres, arts centres, churches, auction marts, castles, […]

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Northern Broadsides to tour Priestley classic

Theatre company Northern Broadsides has announced that its autumn touring production is to be the J.B. Priestley classic “When We Are Married”. Bradford born Priestly (1894 – 1984) was a prolific author, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, man of letters and broadcaster, and his Yorkshire background is reflected in much of his fiction. A perfect […]

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Rattigan’s “Deep Blue Sea” on live relay

Terrence Rattigan, a playwright who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 50s, is having a bit of a revival at the moment.  If you enjoyed “Flarepath” at the York Theatre Royal recently, you might also like “The Deep Blue Sea” now showing at the National Theatre, and to be broadcast by live relay on […]

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York Mystery Plays open this week

The York Minster Mystery Plays 2016 open on Thursday, 26 May. Just over four months ago, 150 people from York and the surrounding areas sat down to read Mike Poulton’s Mystery Plays script for the very first time. In two days’ time, these amazing community actors, accompanied by Game of Thrones star Philip McGinley, will […]

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The Tempest by the Flanagan Collective

Community Theatre shout out

In September 2014, The Flanagan Collective moved home to a 17th Century converted Watermill in Stillington, North Yorkshire. They were looking for a place to house artists, rehearse shows and, ultimately, present work. Now they launch their first production At The Mill – an ambitious, promenade production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But not only that, […]

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Dalloway in Helmsley

1923: The War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, and their memories and dreams magically intertwine with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle and upper-class London, this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated […]

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Dogstar Theatre: The Tailor of Inverness

The Tailor of Inverness – much awaited play comes to Helmsley

Matthew Zajac’s multi-award winning play about his father has become an international hit since opening at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. Zajac, with fiddlers Jonny Hardie and Gavin Marwick, has toured the show from Scotland to Australia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany and Sweden. This is its much awaited first English tour The Tailor of Inverness is an […]

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Tickets for York panto 2016 on sale March 1st

Just when you thought all mention of Christmas was over for a few months at least, comes this from York Theatre Royal: Tickets for York Theatre Royal‘s 2016-17 pantomime Cinderella go on sale in person only at 9am on Tuesday 1 March at the Box Office. After a record-breaking pantomime at the Signal Box Theatre, […]

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Actor chosen for Jesus in York Mystery Plays

York Minster is delighted to announce that Philip McGinley will play the lead role in this summer’s hotly-anticipated York Minster Mystery Plays. The 34-year-old actor, who is currently starring in an adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Husbands and Sons at the National Theatre, will play the iconic role of Jesus. Philip, who was born in Liverpool, […]

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Merry Wives, Northern Broadsides’ spring tour

Yorkshire based theatre company Northern Broadsides‘ spring touring production sees the inimitable Barrie Rutter as Falstaff in Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives”. But not ‘Merry Wives’ quite as Shakespeare envisaged it. Set in the 1920s and relocated to a posh Yorkshire country club, this ‘Merry Wives’ boasts a distinctively sporting theme – where the ‘anyone for tennis’ […]

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Film of the Theatre Royal’s Railway Children

This Easter Monday (28th March), cinemas nationwide will screen The Railway Children, a film of York Theatre Royal’s Olivier award-winning production performed in summer 2015 at the National Railway Museum, York. The film captures Mike Kenny and Damian Cruden’s imaginative stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s cherished novel on its return to its Yorkshire roots, and […]

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Tickets for York Mystery Plays now on sale

Tickets for the York Minster Mystery Plays – the biggest event the cathedral has ever staged – are now on sale. The Box Office for the production, which will see the Minster’s magnificent Nave transformed into a 1000-seater auditorium, opened this morning, Wednesday 13 January. The performances begin on 26 May and run for five […]

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Pantomimes and other Christmas shows

Christmas approaches, oh yes it does, and with it the pantomime season. For the best seats at the big shows you need to have booked long ago, but don’t despair, there’s plenty going on with seats still available. Here’s a round-up of shows we know about, in or within striking distance of Helsmsley; if you […]

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Great theatre coming to Helmsley

Don’t miss the latest show from Ryedale-based Clap Trap Productions coming to Helmsley Arts Centre – Saturday 7th November. Twenty-four year-old Ellie returns to the family home after working overseas to find that she is no longer the centre of everyone’s world. Confused and unsure of her own identity, she wreaks havoc on those around […]

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“Home” at the Helmsley Arts Centre

“One of the advantages of a late lunch of course,” Jack declares in David Storey’s Home, “is that it leaves a shorter space to tea.” This remarkable and compassionate play was first performed in 1970 to great acclaim with a distinguished cast including John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson. 45 years on it still impresses with […]

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Helmsley LittleFest is happening this weekend

LittleFest is back which means that from the 25th-27th September, Helmsley will be filled with arts performances of all kinds. Over 36 artists, acts and companies will be involved at 26 different venues – all over one weekend! You might come across a singer in a charity shop, a play in a gallery, a poet in […]

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New production by Badapple Theatre at the Arts Centre

Badapple Theatre present “The Carlton Colliers”, an original comedy by Kate Bramley with music by Jez Lowe, at Helmsley Arts Centre on Friday 18 September. A comic, backstreet fairy tale that sees a hard-up village transformed forever, almost overnight. A hapless bunch of social outcasts and local-league cast offs, with barely a stud to their […]

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Open air theatre in Helmsley

If summer for you means a picnic, an umbrella, and open air theatre, you are in luck because no less than four plays are on offer right here in Helmsley in the next few weeks. If you know of more open air theatre going on nearby, do let us know. Richard II at Helmsley Walled […]

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Listen very carefully – ‘Allo ‘Allo comes to Helmsley Arts Centre

A sparkling stage production of Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft’s much loved TV comedy series, ‘Allo ‘Allo, brings the hapless Rene Artois, unwilling and unwitting hero of the French resistance, and a host of hilarious characters, to the Helmsley Arts Centre next week. In his small village cafe in German-occupied France, Rene treads a precarious […]

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“I, Elizabeth”, one woman show at Helmsley Arts Centre

Actor Elizabeth Vaughan toured a one woman show based on the life of Queen Elizabeth I in 2012. The closest she came to Helmsley was Easingwold, where we saw the show, and reviewed it, saying: ‘I, Elizabeth’ (is) a one woman show written and performed by Rebecca Vaughan. Perhaps ‘compiled’ would be more accurate, as […]

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