HIGH­LIGHTS OF THE NEW SEA­SON

Heathcliff meets Cathy in the park Four short plays to show off talent

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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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