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York Theatre Royal Spotlight

Berwick KalerWe're going behind the curtain at the York Theatre Royal to bring you a series of backstage 'Spotlights' on the inner workings of this magnificent theatre.

York Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre outside of London. The theatre has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 250 years. York Theatre Royal is one of the country’s leading producing theatres entertaining over 200,000 people with its wide variety of performances, events and activities including the much loved annual pantomime starring Berwick Kaler, the UK’s longest running Dame.

York Theatre Royal houses two main theatre spaces, the main houseseating up to 840 people and the intimate studio setting seating York Theatre Royaljust over 100. Each space is full of character and offers a variety of shows including drama, music, comedy, dance and musical theatre.

Over the last ten years York Theatre Royal’s work has expanded to include collaborations with the wider community and school groups both on and off stage. The theatre has seen an increase in the number of young people wanting to get involved and as a result they now have one of the largest youth theatre groups in the country with over 300 members.

In recent years, the theatre has had huge success in terms of number of attendees and various awards recognising their work for The Railway Children hosted at the National Railway Museum and then transferred to the Old Eurostar terminal at Warterloo and the large scale production involving over 1,000 members of the community The York Mystery Plays 2012.

Listen to the podcasts below to find out more about the York Theatre Royal.



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York Theatre Royal Spotlight Podcast

York Theatre Royal Spotlight Podcast

Minster FM takes a regular look behind the scenes at the York Theatre Royal, including interviews and features on the latest productions and shows.

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Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit

Alex Brown meets actors Nichola McAuliffe, Andrew Hall and Blair Plant to find out about the current production of Noel Coward's classic Blithe Spirit.

A Number - Live Interview

A second interview with George and Niall Costigan about Caryl Churchill's A Number, broadcast live on 13th May 2014 on Alex Brown's show. There's also a surprise guest!

A Number

Alex Brown speaks to George and Niall Costigan about the Caryl Churchill play, 'A Number'.


Alex Brown finds out about York Theatre Royal's production of Birdsong.

Brassed Off

Alex Brown meets the cast of York Theatre Royal's new production of Brassed Off, running from 14th February to 1st March 2014

Berwick Kaler Interview

Alex Brown speaks to York's legendary panto dame, Berwick Kaler in an extended interview about what makes the Theatre Royal's pantomime so special.

The De Grey Rooms

Alex Brown speaks to Events Co-Ordinator, Lindsay Whitwell, all about the York Theatre Royal's stunning venue, available for weddings and a variety of events and activities.

See How They Run

Alex Brown catches up with the cast of See How The Run, and finds out the ingredients to a classic British farce.

August Spotlight

Catching up toward the end of the run for Legend of King Arthur

King Arthur

David Green goes behind the scenes at the Theatre Royal as preperations for The Legend of King Arthur get underway.