Madness, music and mayhem: three fantastic shows to see in York

26 Feb 2015 @ 11.25 am
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Want a bit more drama in your life? Well you’re in luck. There just happens to be a surfeit of fantastic stage shows about to hit town…

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

The two faces of humanity…

James Weaver as Jekyll and Hyde

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Feb 26-Mar 22


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Or to give the play its full title The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, this is another ground-breaking production by Theatre Mill.

Having staged Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution in the Guildhall, and The Importance Of Being Earnest in the Mansion House, they are on the road again.

The setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic masterpiece is the undercroft at York’s medieval Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.

Adapted by Nick Lane and directed by Samuel Wood, the show stars Hull Truck actor James Weaver as the man and his alter-ego.

What’s exciting for me is that Theatre Mill are open to challenging the conventional theatre experience and offer something truly unique. The undercroft is certainly that, and it allies perfectly with the darkness of Stevenson’s original text.

– Nick Lane

South Pacific

Gavin Shaw as Stewpot, Rosy Rowley as Bloody Mary, Richard Hawley as Luther Billis and Phillip Jackson as Professor in York Light’s South Pacific

Starring Richard Blackburn, Rachael Wilkinson, Christian Mortimer, Scott Gonclaves, Rosie Rowley

York Theatre Royal

Tues Mar 3-Sat Mar 14 @ 7.30pm (matinee 2.30pm on Saturdays)


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Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Happy Talk and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame – they don’t write ’em like that any more.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless classic South Pacific is presented by York Light and is the last full-scale production in the Theatre Royal before it closes for its big overhaul.

Directed by Martyn Knight, who played Sergeant Jack Walters in a West End production of the show, South Pacific stars Richard Blackburn as Emile de Becque.

Richard has a personal connection to the show. His late grandfather Frank Pemberton served in the Royal Artillery as a motorcycle despatch rider in Java, Sumatra and parts of the South Pacific.

There was a lot of illness amongst European settlers at the time and Grandad would sneak out after dark, taking medication and bandages to help treat people.

He was reported eventually, however his commanding officer took a lenient view, warning “Dr Pemberton” not to do it again. I don’t know whether or not he listened!

– Richard Blackburn

The 39 Steps

The spy who loves her…

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Thurs Mar 5-Sat Mar 7 @ 7.30pm


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Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps.

Rowntree Players present this fast-paced whodunit, which won two Tony awards on Broadway.

A clearly very versatile cast of four play more than 150 madcap characters, as well as creating an on-stage plane crash and an old-fashioned romance.

You want the plot? Well, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered.

Soon, a mysterious organisation called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail “in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale”.

A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure

– director Gemma McDonald