Review: Nina Kristofferson's Billie Holiday Story, Grand Opera House, York

York Press: Nina Kristofferson as Billie Holiday

4:42pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SEVERAL factors distinguished Nina Krisofferson's Billie Holiday Story from the standard tribute show.

Productions to stage audio description for blind or partially sighted theatre goers

9:08am Monday 21st April 2014

IN April and May, selectedYork theatre productions will have audio descriptions and a touch tour of the set, costumes, and props for blind and partially sighted people.

York Mystery Plays' waggons set to roll again

York Press: Deborah Pakkar-Hull

12:24pm Saturday 19th April 2014

CHARLES HUTCHINSON sets the scene for the latest cycle of York Mystery Plays.

Review: Icarus, Fine Chisel, On Our Turf at All Saints Church, Helmsley

York Press: Fine Chisel actor George Williams leading the cast

12:42pm Friday 18th April 2014

 FINE Chisel's "adventurous theatrical event, bursting with live music", has taken over four Yorkshire towns this month.

Review: 13 The Musical, Pick Me Up Theatre, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, April 18 and 19

York Press: Jack Armstrong, front, with Ned Tomlinson and Kiera Leaper  in 13

11:08am Friday 18th April 2014

PICK Me Up Theatre producer Robert Readman reckons everything adds up for Broadway teen musical 13 to “become popular bit by bit”. He’s playing his part by giving Jason Robert Brown’s “grown-up story about growing up” its York premiere.

Tutti Frutti and York Theatre Royal present Monday's Child on tour until June 15

York Press: Josie Cerise as girl and Eroka Poole as Woman

12:31pm Thursday 17th April 2014

TUTTI Frutti artistic director Wendy Harris did not know Erika Poole and Josie Cerise had worked together already when she cast them as the old lady and young girl in this spring's premiere of Monday's Child.

Tickets on sale for 2014 York Mystery Plays

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12:28pm Thursday 17th April 2014

TICKETS go on sale today for the 2014 York Mystery Plays, mounted by the Guilds of York this summer.

The WestEnders: The World’s Most Popular Musicals In Concert, York Grand Opera House, April 18

York Press: Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland

12:15pm Thursday 17th April 2014

TRACIE Bennett says if she won £25m on the lottery she would still want to work.

On Our Turf presents Icarus, All Saints Church, Helmsley, April 26-27

York Press: The cast of Icarus gather in Pocklington

12:06pm Thursday 17th April 2014

IF community theatre is all about spreading wings, then the first commission for York Theatre Royal's On Our Turf project could not be better chosen.

The Magic Circus, Pocklington Arts Centre, April 24

York Press: Magic Carpet Theatre

11:39am Thursday 17th April 2014

MAGIC Carpet Theatre fly into Pocklington Arts Centre next Thursday afternoon with the children's show The Magic Circus.

The Importance Of Being Earnest, York Mansion House, July 16 to August 10

York Press: Lord Mayor of York Julie Gunnell poses with a cast member for last year's production

11:28am Thursday 17th April 2014

YORK site-specific theatre company Theatre Mill are to revive their 2013 debut production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, this summer.

Michael Palin - a year of Monty Python and solo shows

York Press: Michael Palin to open Festival of Asian Literature

11:34am Thursday 17th April 2014

Just A Quickie with...Michael Palin, who presents Travelling To Work in York on September 28

Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, York Theatre Royal, April 22 to 26

York Press: Owen Teale

11:26am Thursday 17th April 2014

GAME OF Thrones regular Owen Teale will film the fifth season of the swords, sex and sandals drama later this year.

Blithe Spirit, York Theatre Royal, May 9 to 31

York Press: The cast of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at York Theatre Royal, Nichola McAuliffe, foreground, with from left Caroline Harker, Amy Rockson, Andrew Hall, Rachel Atkins, Blair Plant and Louise Calf

11:09am Thursday 17th April 2014

NICHOLA McAuliffe will play spirit medium Madame Arcati in Damian Cruden’s spring production of Noel Coward’s wartime comedy Blithe Spirit at York Theatre Royal.

Britten’s Paul Bunyan, English Touring Opera, York Theatre Royal

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10:18am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE audience’s excitement was tangible before English Touring Opera’s second night at York Theatre Royal on Wednesday and the Olivier Award-winning new production of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan certainly lived up to expectations.

Review: The Lady Boys Of Bangkok, Red Hot Kisses,York Barbican

York Press: The Lady Boys of Bangkok

9:14am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Lady Boys Of Bangkok were back in York on Tuesday for another round of diamante dresses, bright colours and bawdy humour, this time with their brand new show, Red Hot Kisses, in their Barbican debut.

One For The Road, Robinson Institute, Glaisdale, near Whitby, August 7 to 30

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11:27am Thursday 17th April 2014

ESK Valley Theatre’s tenth anniversary August production at the Robinson Institute, Glaisdale, near Whitby, will be Willy Russell’s northern comedy One For The Road.

Review: Mozart's The Magic Flute, English Touring Opera, York Theatre Royal, Tuesday, April 15.

York Press: Wyn Pencarreg in the English Touring Opera production of The Magic Flute

12:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The week had got off to the best possible start for English Touring Opera with its triumph at the Olivier Awards, scooping up an outstanding achievement gong for two of its current projects, Tippett’s King Priam and Britten’s Paul Bunyan.

Pinocchio, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, June 25 to 28

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8:50am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE classic story of Pinocchio will be told in York in a new theatre production this summer.

Review: A Taste Of Honey, Hull Truck Theatre/Derby Theatre

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1:36pm Saturday 12th April 2014

THE Press will revisit this production in more detail when it plays York Theatre Royal in the closing week of its spring and summer tour in July.

13 The Musical, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York - April 16-19

York Press: Jack Armstrong, front, as Evan, Benedict (Ned) Tomlinson as Archie and Kiera Leaper as Patrice in 13 The Musical.

3:51pm Friday 11th April 2014

AFTER starring in Robert Readman's productions of Grease and Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure, teenage Selby actor Daniel McGuinness has been asked by Robert to make his directorial debut.

The WestEnders, Grand Opera House, York, April 18

York Press: Conductor Jae Alexander waves a flag at the proms

3:33pm Thursday 10th April 2014

FLAMBOYANT conductor Jae Alexander needs no introduction to devotees of the Castle Howard Proms, but his Grand Opera House show in York on April 18 does need a re-introduction.

Nina Kristofferson’s Billie Holiday Story, Grand Opera House, York, April 17

York Press: Nina Kristofferson’s Billie Holiday Story, Grand Opera House, York, April 17

2:53pm Thursday 10th April 2014

YOU would not recognise Nina Kristofferson from her last appearance on a North Yorkshire stage.

English Touring Opera presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute, April 15; Britten’s Paul Bunyan, April 16 at York Theatre Royal

York Press: Wyn Pencarreg in the English Touring Opera production of The Magic Flute

2:28pm Thursday 10th April 2014

WELSH baritone Wyn Pencarreg has returned to English Touring Opera after a "bit of a gap".

Northern Broadsides debut for York actress Lauryn Redding

York Press: Lauryn Redding as Susie Hughes in An August Bank Holiday Lark

12:35pm Thursday 10th April 2014

YORK actress Lauryn Redding is making her Northern Broadsides debut in the scene-stealing role of a feisty, frustrated mill girl in An August Bank Holiday Lark.

Flying Ducks Youth Theatre presents Grease, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, April 10 to 12

York Press: Members of cast with their customised car. From left, Shaney Stevens-Neale as Rizzo, Heather Richmond as Sandy, Tom Warren as Kenickie and Tom O’Brien as Danny

12:08pm Thursday 10th April 2014

WHEN Sally Sawdon donated her four-door Renault Clio named Lulu to Flying Ducks Youth Theatre, little did she know what was to become of her car.

Director Mark Smith moves on from Julius Caesar

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11:37am Thursday 10th April 2014

MARK Smith could not have directed two more contrasting productions for York Shakespeare Project.

Birds Of A Feather returns to TV

York Press: Lesley Joseph

11:30am Thursday 10th April 2014

LESLEY Joseph confirms the revived sitcom Birds Of A Feather will return for a second series.

Review: Dance 'Til Dawn, Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace, Leeds Grand Theatre

York Press: Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace in a scene from Dance ‘Til Dawn at the Leeds Grand Theatre

10:27am Thursday 10th April 2014

TANGO world champions Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace were too busy for the 2013 stretch of Strictly Come Dancing, and you can see why on the evidence of Dance 'Til Dawn.

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre, York Theatre Royal

York Press: The Play That Goes Wrong

10:03am Thursday 10th April 2014

THIS is the play that goes wrong deliberately, and the more it does, the better it becomes, in a change from calamitous nights at the theatre your reviewer won’t revisit.

Dick Whittington The Rock’n’Roll Panto, Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, November 29 to January 11

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11:36am Thursday 10th April 2014

THE Christmas show at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall will be Dick Whittington The Rock’n’Roll Panto.

Jesus Christ Superstar, YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, April 10-16

York Press: Rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar

2:11pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

EXPERIENCED director Duncan Lewis is staging Jesus Christ Superstar as a rock opera at the YMCA Theatre, St Thomas Street, Scarborough, from tomorrow until April 16.

Review: Witness For The Prosecution, Theatre Mill ,York Guildhall Council Chambers, until April 20

York Press: Witness For The Prosecution.  Picture: Tom Jackson

1:21pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

AGATHA Christie's 1953 courtroomdrama Witness For The Prosecution had never been performed in a site-specific production until York company Theatre Mill applied to Christie's estate.

Review: Peter Pan, York Barbican, Sunday

York Press: Dani Harmer in Peter Pan

8:10am Tuesday 8th April 2014

PANTOMIME, done well, is a winner with audiences at any time of the year, and Peter Pan at the York Barbican celebrated with a packed house on Sunday afternoon.

Auditions for Ghost The Musical cast

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8:02am Tuesday 8th April 2014

PICK Me Up Theatre has issued a final call for auditions for Ghost The Musical on Wednesday at Joseph Rowntree School, York. Those interested in taking part should email urgently.

Review: Twelfth Night, York Shakespeare Project, York Theatre Royal, until April 12

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1:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

YORK Shakespeare Project director Mark Smith takes his cue from Duke Orsino's opening musing, "If music be the food of love".

The Play That Goes Wrong, York Theatre Royal, April 8 to 12

York Press: Henry Lewis in The Play That Goes Wrong

2:17pm Friday 4th April 2014

FAWLTY Towers meets Michael Frayn's play-within-a-play Noises Off when disaster strikes York Theatre Royal from Tuesday in the Play That Goes Wrong.

Rod Stewart inspired musical comes to York

York Press: Promoting the show are Grace Dubruel, front, Emma Dubruel and Elea Street.

12:09pm Friday 4th April 2014

A hit musical inspired by Rod Stewart's music is coming to York's Grand Opera House from April 28 to May 3.

Review: The Memory Of Water, New Vic Theatre, at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

York Press: Lynn Farleigh as Vi, the glamour-puss mother

5:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

WHEN York Settlement Community Players staged The Memory Of Water in October 2004, The Press reviewer wondered why it had not been picked up earlier by a North Yorkshire theatre after winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2000.

York Shakespeare Project presents Twelfth Night, The Studio, York Theatre Royal, April 3 to 12

York Press: Mark Smith directing rehearsals for Twelfth Night

11:21am Thursday 3rd April 2014

MARK Smith's production of Twelfth Night for the York Shakespeare Project will be "fast, fun and folky".

Hot Flush, Grand Opera House, York, April 14

York Press: Lesley Joseph in Hot Flush

11:18am Thursday 3rd April 2014

AFTER starring in the comeback tour of Birds Of A Feather at the Grand Opera House, in York, last June, Lesley Joseph will appear at the theatre again on April 14.

Peter Pan, York Barbican, April 6

York Press: Dani Harmer in Peter Pan

11:16am Thursday 3rd April 2014

DANI HARMER, Tracy Beaker star and 2012 Strictly Come Dancing finalist, completes a hat-trick of pantomime appearances at York Barbican on Sunday.

Pocklington School stage play to celebrate 500th anniversary

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10:56am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE Pocklington School Foundation Play is being staged this week in connection with the school’s 500th anniversary celebrations.

Review: Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, Grand Opera House, York, until April 5

York Press: Bill Kenwright as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee

2:27pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

IMPRESARIO Bill Kenwright has always had an eye for an opportunity and he shows canny judgement again in mounting a tour of Black Coffee after the final curtain fell on David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot on ITV after 25 years.

Review: Aspects Of Love, York Musical Theatre, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

York Press: Matthew Ainsworth as Alex Dillingham and Toni Feetenby as Rose Vibert in Aspects Of Love

3:50pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THIS VIBRANT production makes the best of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lesser works, with the leading lights creating an enveloping atmosphere of love and intrigue.

Stage hopefuls are put through their paces

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9:16am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CANDIDATES to be part of a summer stage project at a York theatre have been put through their paces.

Review: An August Bank Holiday Lark, Northern Broadsides, York Theatre Royal

York Press: An August Bank Holiday Lark, York Theatre Royal, April 1 to 5

2:07pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

DIRECTOR Barrie Rutter gave playwright Deborah McAndrew three instructions in his brief for her latest commission for Northern Broadsides.

A Taste of Honey at Hull Truck Theatre, various locations until July 12

York Press: Rebecca Ryan and Mark Babych

12:27pm Monday 31st March 2014

MARK Babych has chosen Shelagh Delaney's A Taste Of Honey for his debut production as Hull Truck Theatre's artistic director.

Review: Disney's The Lion King, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, until May 10

York Press: Simba - Nicholas Nkuna and the Original UK touring company

4:09pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE Lion KIng has played 18 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Now it has come to God's Own Country for the first time.

Review: Walk The Walk, Piggyback Theatre Company, Priory Street Centre, York

York Press: Some rehearsal shots from Walk the Walk. See the play at the Priory Street Centre this coming Saturday.

2:12pm Friday 28th March 2014

USUALLY the challenge is to prove you can walk the walk as well as you talk the talk. For Peter Gordon's new play, Walk The Walk, the Copmanthorpe playwright has to prove he can talk the talk once more.

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