IN THE NEW SEASON AT YORK THEATRE ROYAL
Emma Rice’s Wise Children company return with Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers in York Theatre Royal’s autumn-winter season which also features new productions of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye.
Touring shows include the first revival of Sarah Waters The Night Watch and the return of Susan Hill’s chilling ghost story The Woman In Black.
Summer show Swallows & Amazons (now on until 24 August) and Hetty Feather (30 Aug – 1 Sept) are followed in the main house by the Original Theatre Company with the first revival of Sarah Waters The Night Watch (4-7 Sept) in a co-production with York Theatre Royal. Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Taylor has adapted Waters bestselling novel set in 1940s London.
York Theatre Royal teams up again with Emma Rice’s Wise Children company to stage Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers (10-14 Sept), a story of high jinks, high drama and high spirits at a girls’ boarding school. It’s the original ‘Girl Power’ story.
The first of two co-productions with Royal & Derngate Northampton finds York Theatre Royal Associate Director Juliet Forster directing Arthur Miller’s award-winning A View from the Bridge.
Juliet’s previous productions at York Theatre Royal include Sense and Sensibility, Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes and The Machine Stops.
The York and Northampton theatres also co-produce Alone in Berlin (3–21 March), adapted by Alistair Beaton from the bestselling novel by Hans Fallada which has been described as “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis”. Based on true events, Alone in Berlin follows a quietly courageous couple who, in dealing with their own heartbreak, stand up to the brutal reality of the Nazi regime.
The consortium – Pilot Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Derby Theatre – that came together to stage productions aimed at younger audiences enjoyed great success with Noughts and Crosses. Now comes the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner Crongton Knights (25-29 Feb) by Alex Wheatle, adapted by Emteaz Hussain.
Tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal present The Boy Who Cried Wolf (26 Sept – 12 Oct) by Mike Kenny. Inspired by the Aesop fable, this tale tells the story of a bother of a boy, a mithered mother and a grand old brass band of a grandad. All set in a village of knitters where every new Christmas jumper tells a story. Suitable for 3+
Although he’s not appearing in the pantomime this year, the legendary dame will be on stage for An Audience With Berwick Kaler (16 Oct) in support of the theatre’s 275th anniversary this year. The legendary pantomime dame will be talking about a lifetime in theatre, from his humble beginnings in Sunderland to 40 years as dame. The evening is in aid of the Berwick Kaler Foundation.
Among touring productions visiting York are Reasons to Stay Alive (5-9 Nov), taken from Matt Haig’s frank and funny bestseller. Susan Hill’s ghost story The Woman in Black (12-16 Nov), adapted by Stephen Mallatratt, returns to chill the blood in a play
Nigel Slater’s Toast (19-23 Nov) recreates the cookery writer’s childhood through the tastes and smells he shared with his mother.
Further details: yorktheatreroyal.co.uk