HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW SEASON
Heathcliff meets Cathy in the park Four short plays to show off talent
the stage will also mean that Cruden will have the flexibility to programme shows which in design terms might once have been problematic to put on.
While it is closed, the theatre will be revisiting its hugely successful partnership with the National Railway Museum for a revival of their awardwinning production of The Railway Children to be staged in a temporary purposebuilt space in the museum grounds. At the moment the plan is for the theatre to take up residence there for most of their closed period. “When Liz and Damian came to see me and asked me if we would be willing to host them on our site, we jumped at the chance,” says Kirkman. “It is a fantastic opportunity and we are really glad to be taking part in it. We are both in the business of telling stories and we can learn so much from each other.”
A thousand-seat theatre will be erected in the sidings of the South Yard which will also be the venue for a new community play, with the working title of Steam, that will involve the people of York as actors and allow audiences to explore the museum’s on-site collections in an exciting and innovative way.
There are also plans to launch an international Shakespeare festival – there isn’t one in the UK at the moment, although there are several in Europe – in partnership with the University of York. It will take place next May and it is hoped that it will become a longterm annual event.
The theatre will then reopen in time for the 2015 panto, penned and starring, as ever, legendary dame Berwick Kaler.
In the meantime, there is an exciting new season to look forward to starting this September and running through to next March.
It includes a number of co-productions, made in York, which will then tour the country. In-house productions include revivals of two modern classics – Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, directed by Cruden, while among the visiting productions are Roy Williams’ new version of Antigone, directed by Marcus Romer for Pilot Theatre, Northern Broadsides’ revival of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer and Nicholas Wright’s stage adaptation of Pat Barker’s novel Regeneration.
For tickets call the box office on 01904 623568 and for details of the new season visit yorktheatreroyal.co.uk CHAPTERHOUSE Theatre Company will be performing a classic Brontë story of love and obsession next month.
They will be bringing a new stage adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel, Wuthering Heights, to the grounds of Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall, West Yorkshire on August 17.
The outdoor setting is entirely appropriate for the dark and brooding story of passion, jealousy and destructive love on the Yorkshire moors. For tickets call the Box Office on 01924 326 240.
Or visit: www.seetickets.com NEW writers in the region will celebrate the history of the cinema in an art deco Odeon.
The project will see the work of new playwrights Kate Brower, Jimmy Osborne, Claudine Touroungi and Isabel Wright performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from August 1 to 30. There will be opportunity to see all the plays together as well as separately.
For more information visit www.sjt.uk.com where you can book tickets, also available by calling the Box Office on 01723 370541.
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