YORK Theatre Royal's autumn line-up will feature the latest collaboration between Leeds children's theatre company Tutti Frutti and the York theatre.

York playwright Mike Kenny's fresh take on Hans Christian Andersen's story Snow Queen will be directed by Tutti Frutti’s artistic director Wendy Harris for its September 27 to October 13 run.

After a sold-out staging at London’s Arcola Theatre, Oladipo Agbouluaje's warm, hopeful and humorous play New Nigerians visits York from October 17 to 20. Agbouluaje, winner of the Alfred Fagon Award for Playwriting, delivers a sparkling satire on the state of populism in British politics.

The Lakes Season, brought to York by Keswick's Theatre by the Lake, complements main-house performances of Sense & Sensibility, Alan Bennett’s Single Spies and Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense with two Studio productions. The first, the award-winning Bold Girls on November 13 and 14, announced Rona Munro as one of the best playwrights of her generation in this celebration of women’s strength under siege.

In the second, Simon Longman’s Rails on November 16 and 17, 16-year-old Mike is really into his scooter and really into Sarah too, but she is probably not that into him. His brother Ben works in a petrol station, dreaming of escape, and their mum can’t seem to speak anymore. One sweltering summer, their lives collide and something has to break in this story of loneliness, dreaming and trying to hope in a dead-end town.

Among the one-night visits will be a new piece of "gig theatre" on September 8: Songlines, a witty and moving coming-of-age story with live folk music from award-winning band Trills. The Economy Of Ecology, on September 13, finds Steve losing the ability to make meaningful bonds with other people in a world of touch screens and social robots.