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Astronaut Tim Peake to speak in York

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake has inspired adults and children alike with his recent mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This is your chance to hear about his experiences first hand. From launch to landing, discover what it’s like to live and work aboard the ISS. Tim Peake is the first British ESA Astronaut. […]

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Great discount on tickets for York Mystery Plays

With just under a week to go until the end of the run of the Mystery Plays 2016, York Minster is offering a 50% discount on all unsold evening tickets for that day’s performance to give as many people as possible the change to experience this spectacular show. The Very Reverend Dean of York, Vivienne […]

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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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York Festival of Ideas

The sixth York Festival of Ideas takes place from June 7 to 19, with talks, exhibitions, theatre, music and film. Here’s an introduction from Festival Director Joan Concannon: Welcome to another packed programme as York Festival of Ideas prepares to educate, entertain and inspire for a sixth year. In a short space of time, the […]

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Ryedale Festival prequel in York

The Ryedale Festival introduces its 2016 season to York audiences with a Double Concert in York’s two great medieval halls, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, and Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Aldwark. Two short contrasting concerts are performed twice; the audiences will change places either side of the interval. In the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the Heath Quartet evoke […]

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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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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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York Minster announces ticket sale date for 2016 Mystery Plays

Tickets for the Mystery Plays 2016 – the biggest event York Minster has ever staged – will go on sale on Wednesday 13 January, the cathedral has announced. The Minster’s cavernous Nave will be transformed into a 1,000 seater auditorium for the production of the famous Plays, which return to the cathedral for the first […]

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Back stage volunteers wanted for York Mystery Plays

York Minster is now recruiting an army of backstage volunteers for the crew which will put the Mystery Plays on stage next summer. The Mystery Plays open at York Minster on Thursday 26 May and run for five weeks until Thursday 30 June. It’s the first time in 16 years – and only the second […]

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Could you be the next Adam, Eve, Noah or Satan?

Local performers are being invited to audition for the York Mystery Plays, when they return to York Minster in summer 2016 for only the second time in their history. The team is kicking off the casting process with a series of briefing events throughout September where community performers can learn more about the production from […]

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York Quilt Museum goes out in a blaze of glory

The sad news that the Quilt Museum in York is to close at the end of the year due to lack of funds is off-set somewhat by its major exhibition of the year featuring new work by an internationally acclaimed artist, Kaffe Fassett. Fassett is an American-born artist, long resident in England, who is best […]

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George Costigan to star in York Theatre Royal spectacular

From York Theatre Royal: The professional actor who will play The Railway King in our major summer production has been revealed. George Costigan, most recently seen in ITV’s Vera and BBC’s Happy Valley, will be playing George Hudson in the community spectacular In Fog and Falling Snow. The show follows in the footsteps of the […]

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View excavations under York Theatre Royal

York Archaeological Trust is taking the opportunity of building work at York Theatre Royal to have a dig underneath it, and will be  giving a series of free talks on the history of the Theatre site and the work they are carrying out during the redevelopment project. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the […]

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Young actors sought for West Side Story in York

Budding actors are sought for the 2015 Stage Experience at the Grand Opera House in York, which will be Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical West Side Story. Director and choreographer Louise Denison will run the summer theatre school for ten to 21 year olds from July 18 to August 1 and will hold auditions […]

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York Mystery Plays return to Minster in 2016

Great news for fans of drama and spectacle!  The York Mystery plays will once again be performed in the wonderful atmospheric space of York Minster, in 2016. There is a major production of the medieval plays every four years.  In recent years, two were outstanding: a stunning performance in the Minster in 2000, for the […]

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Jacqueline Wilson to talk about latest novel in York, next Saturday

Begin half term with a treat for book-loving children, hearing Jacqueline Wilson talking about her career and latest book, The Butterfly Club, copies of which will be available to purchase on the day, pre-signed by the author. Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. The Illustrated Mum was chosen as British Children’s […]

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Georgians on the silver screen at Fairfax House

A rare treat for film fans is coming up at Fairfax House in York. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr. But then it was extensively adapted in the twentieth century […]

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Local artist exhibits in York

John Creighton, an established artist living and working in Appleton-le-Moors, has a new exhibition on now in York. John has had recent exhibitions in The Mercer Gallery in Harrogate, The Crescent in Scarborough, the City Art Gallery in Doncaster and the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough. In this new exhibition, he shows key works from the […]

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Good news for drivers

Two good news items for drivers were announced this week. Firstly the long awaited park and ride scheme in Whitby opened today. Whitby is a favourite destination for a local day out – seaside, shopping, and fish and chips, what more could you want? – ok, parking, which is well-nigh impossible on summer weekends, so […]

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York Minster revealed

From every angle, York Minster dominates the city around it. You have no doubt walked past, or even through, it many times, and heard all the superlatives: second largest Gothic building in northern Europe, nearly two thirds of the medieval stained glass in England, the central tower large enough to fit the Leaning Tower of […]

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Brassed Off

We are used to the concept of successful play turned into film: take the same plot, and add a few outdoor scenes, flesh out some action only talked about on stage, and you probably have a hit. But I’ve just seen the first (that I am aware of) film turned into play: sprawling outdoor action […]

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Alastair Campbell to speak at York University

Like him or loathe him, you can’t ignore the position that Alastair Campbell held in the politics of new Labour. Now there is a rare opportunity to hear him speak within striking distance of home, when he gives a talk at the University of York Students Union. He will speak for about an hour, discussing […]

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Pantomime update: Dick Whittington cancelled

The promoters of “Dick Whittington”, this year’s pantomime at the York Barbican, have announced that the show has been cancelled, just over two weeks before the first performance. It was due to run from December 20 to 30. The show, which was to star Cbeebies star Alex Winters, Strictly Come Dancing’s Chloe Madeley, Coronation Street’s […]

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St Nicholas Fayre in York

Do you look longingly at travel agents’ ads for trips to exotic Christmas markets in Germany and Scandinavia? Or wonder whether, if you drive down to the Lincoln market, you will be able to find anywhere to park? If so, why not try at a great Christmas fair much closer to home? The St Nicholas […]

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Richard III and York Minster

I have been involved for the past four years in the project that recovered the remains of Richard III from beneath a local authority car park in Leicester. Many of you will also be aware that the decision to bury Richard in Leicester cathedral has been the subject of a successful legal challenge, and the […]

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York Hospital hosts the nation’s finest landscapes

Stunning photographs of the UK’s National Parks taken by some of the country’s best landscape photographers are now on display at York Hospital. The exhibition was compiled by the North York Moors National Park Authority to celebrate the outstanding legacy of Britain’s National Parks. Accompanying each photograph is a statement by the photographer about its […]

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