Theatre News and Reviews

STAGE: Ghost Stories – Grand Opera House, York

Almost ten years ago, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson launched Ghost Stories on the world and since, it has gone from strength to strength with global tours getting rave reviews, and an award-winning film with Martin Freeman. This week, Ghost Stories is in York at the Grand Opera House and I urge you to go […]

STAGE: Alone In Berlin – Theatre Royal, York ★★★★☆

Reading the show programme for Alone In Berlin, running at York Theatre Royal until 21st March, they hit the nail on the head by saying “It’s very hard for people to imagine what it’s like to live in a totalitarian state”. Would you stand up to the regime or sit back and live your lives […]

STAGE: Crongton Knights – Theatre Royal, York ★★★★☆

Emteaz Hussain’s adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s superb novel Crongton Knights, hits all the right notes in world premiere staging at the York Theatre Royal. Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights, written in 2017, is a story about overcoming the challenges of youth on the South Crongton estate. The award winning novel trilogy, has been transformed onto the […]

STAGE: Oliver The Musical – Theatre Royal York

60 years ago, one of the most told stories on the stage, Oliver! opened in the West End in London. Last week, the York Light Opera company, returned to York’s Theatre Royal, for the 60th year running to perform that very show. Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, Lionel Bart’s Oliver The Musical sees […]

Theatre: Crongton Knights – Theatre Royal York – 25-29th February

The world premiere adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning novel Crongton Knights comes to York Theatre Royal from 25 to 29 February. Life isn’t easy on the Crongton Estate and for McKay and his mates it’s all about keeping their heads down but when a friend finds herself in trouble, they set out on a mission […]

STAGE: Once The Musical – Review, Grand Opera House York

This week, the incredible musical “Once”, arrived in York for the very first time. Following critical success in 2012 on Broadway, to acclaim on the West End in London, Once is billed as a must see show, and it did not disappoint. Once embarks on its first major UK tour after acclaimed runs on Broadway and […]

Breaking News! Berwick is back!

Grand Opera House are delighted to announce York legend Berwick Kaler will be bulk buying Wagon Wheels, dusting off his frocks and making his much-anticipated, triumphant return to pantomime to star in Dick Turpin Rides Again this Christmas! The star of pantomime in York for 40 years, Berwick’s critically acclaimed performance as dame has solidified his reputation as a true […]

News: Alone In Berlin comes to York, 3-21st March

The world premiere production of Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada’s acclaimed novel translated and adapted for the stage by Alistair Beaton, comes to York Theatre Royal from 3 – 21 March. Charlotte Emmerson, Denis Conway and Joseph Marcell lead an ensemble cast directed by James Dacre, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Northampton. The production […]

THEATRE: The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure lands in York in February

From Le Navet Bete, award-winning creators of smash hit shows Dracula: The Bloody Truth and Dick Tracy, comes a hilarious new comedy adventure that promises to have audiences rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside. The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure – on the main stage at York Theatre Royal on 7 and 8 February – […]

Review: Scrooge The Musical – Grand Opera House, York

When I first saw the Scrooge the Musical was coming to York, through Pick Me Up Theatre, my first thought was, it’s about time! For years, this Christmas tale has been one of the lesser told theatre stories and finally Robert Readman (Director) has managed to bring it to life. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic […]

Live: Reasons to Stay Alive – York Theatre

Reasons to Stay Alive – York Theatre Matt Haig’s story, told in the book Reasons to Stay Alive is one that has had, without doubt, a huge impact on readers globally. With mental health something that is rarely spoken about in the right contexts, Matt reveals both the darkness and the light of depression that […]

Review: There Are No Beginnings ★★★★☆

There Are No Beginnings, the first production in the Bramall Rock Void, a new theatre space created as part of the Playhouse’s £15.8m redevelopment, is now open at Leeds Playhouse and we had the pleasure of heading to see it this weekend. The all-female cast including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch, ITV), Tessa Parr (Road, Hamlet, Leeds Playhouse) Natalie Gavin (Line of Duty, Gentleman Jack, BBC) and newcomer Jesse Jones combine on […]


Hello! THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway and West End smash hitmusical, written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Leeds Grand Theatre from Wednesday 8 April 2020 to Saturday 2 May 2020. Public booking for the Tony®, Olivier® and Grammy® award-winning show will open at 10am on Wednesday 30 October. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the creators of the Emmy and […]

Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black – York Theatre Royal

The Woman in BlackAdapted by Stephen MallatrattDirected by Robin HerfordYork Theatre Royal, 12 – 16 November Millions of theatregoers worldwide have experienced “the most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter” (Daily Telegraph). Now The Woman in Black returns to haunt audiences at York Theatre Royal from 12 to 16 November. This acclaimed ghost story […]

Review: My Beautiful Laundrette – Leeds Playhouse ★★★★☆

You never forget your first show in a venue. I’ll never forget my first at, what was, The West Yorkshire Playhouse; 2007, The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s finest works was immaculately presented by Northern Broadside. From then on, I’ve been hooked on theatre; whilst my attendance has been sporadic, in the last 12 months, that […]

Review: What’s In A Name? – Grand Opera House, York ★★★★☆

Adam Graver Almost 10 years ago, Le Prenom, premiered in Paris to rave reviews. After being translated into 22 languages across Europe and further-afar, the show has become What’s In A Name?, adapted and directed for the current UK run by Jeremy Sams. Starring Joe Thomas (Vincent), the show centres around husband and wife Elizabeth […]

Live Review: A View From The Bridge – York Theatre Royal ★★★★★

Linguistically and theatrically, few things irritate me more than the overuse of the term “modern classic”. For me, to be deemed a “modern classic” not only does the piece of work need to be a quality piece of literature/art but it needs to have stood the test of time, transcending generations, to be relevant in […]

Review: Shrek the Musical, York Grand Opera House – ★★★☆☆

Five years ago, the Palace Theatre in Manchester was host for an exceptional run of Shrek the Musical. I attended the opening evening then and was so impressed with the transition from big screen to stage that when Shrek was announced for a run at York Grand Opera House under the watch of Nik Briggs, […]

Review: Malory Towers, York Theatre Royal – ★★★★☆

In the technological age we are currently living in, you’d be forgiven for thinking books and paper literature was on the way out. Some works of fiction though, are timeless, and Enid Blyton’s novels will remain children’s and parents’ favourites for decades to come. The most successful book series of all time, Harry Potter, captured […]

Review: The Night Watch, York Theatre Royal – ★★★☆☆

Reading the programme for The Night Watch, Director Alastair Whatley poses the question, “How many of us wish we could replay moments of our lives again?” There are so many occasions we all have in our lives that we’d wish to do this for; happy times to replay, worse moments where we might change actions […]

Review: Swallows and Amazons, York Theatre Royal – ★★★★☆

22 years after Damian Cruden started his York Theatre Royal journey, his time theatre has come to an end with his final show, Swallows and Amazons, this year’s August run. Cruden finishes his glittering York career with the swashbuckling pirate adventure, a summer family show that marvels and entertains people of all ages. With children […]

Review: Driving Miss Daisy, York Theatre Royal – ★★★☆☆

Driving Miss Daisy, York Theatre Royal, until June 29. Tickets available at at This year’s early summer run at the Theatre Royal in York is Driving Miss Daisy, on until Saturday June 29th and I cannot recommend anything more right now, than you go and buy your tickets now! Immortalised in the 1989 film […]

Live: Little Miss Sunshine, Grand Opera House, York – ★★☆☆☆

Bringing film to the live stage is never an easy feat. Few have succeeded in recent times, but when they work, they’re pure gold. The first that comes to mind is the brilliant Shrek which translated wonderfully to the stage, so there was genuine intrigue when it came to viewing Little Miss Sunshine live at […]

Little Miss Sunshine arrives in York: Grand Opera House Preview

Little Miss Sunshine, is currently on a fantastic run at the Grand Opera House, York, and you still have time to head down to watch it! Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (who collaborated with […]

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