Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York has announced its Spring season for 2024 – and it includes smash-hit musicals, new productions, and a plethora of York talent.
In the new year, the community theatre continues to provide more unique shows for 17-25 members to attend the theatre, as well as group, and family discounts to encourage visits.
Joseph Rowntree Theatre aims to continue the legacy of being a place for recreation and entertainment for local communities.
Opening the season is independent theatre company Pick Me Up Theatre in February 2024, with their version of horror-movie spoof Young Frankenstein based on the 1974 film by Mel Brooks co-written with Gene Wilder, running from 31 January to 3 February.
There’s more musical fun with the Broadway and West End musical comedy hit Curtains, a whodunnit production by Joseph Rowntree Theatre Company between 7-10 February, the Central Hall Musical Society tell the tale of a baker and his wife as they attempt to undo a spell in James Lapine’s Into the Woods from 22–24 February, and York St John’s Musical Production Society bring the York premiere of The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical based on the book by Rick Riordan, to the stage between 16-18 May.
And don’t miss other musical theatre delights like Beauty and the Beast (11-13 April), Fiddler on the Roof (23-27 April), and The Wizard of Oz (22-25 May).
The Rowntree Players bring to life the worst bar in town in a riotously funny show by John Godber, in the comedy Shakers from 14-16 March.
Building on the theatre’s commitment to provide a vibrant community hub, a whole world of music comes alive on stage with the likes of gospel, classical, show tunes, blues and jazz, pop and more – as the city’s biggest Community Choir Festival returns for its eighth year on Sunday 25 February. It will showcase a range of voices from a variety of primary schools and young adults through to pensioner only choirs.
More music comes from York legends, Don Pears and The Steve Cassidy Band who are back with their respective shows. Don brings A Musical Variety of duets, solos, and group numbers on Saturday 7 April, and The Steve Cassidy Band and Friends provide a playlist of rock, country and ballads on Sunday 5 May.
There’s opportunities to hear all your favourite songs with visiting tribute acts like Billy Meets Cliff, celebrating the wonderful music of rock and roll legends Billy Fury and Cliff Richard on Sunday 3 March, and the super Swedes greatest hits are recreated in 21st Century Abba as they bring sequins and flares on Saturday 14 April.
A diverse mix of inspirational dance showcases in ballet, tap, jazz, acro and contemporary will take place across the season beginning on 8-9 March with Spotlight Dance Academy’s Step Back in Time, Patricia Veale School of Dance produce their version of Sleeping Beauty on 19-20 April, and more.
To find out more and to book your tickets, visit the Joseph Rowntree Theatre website or call the box office on 01904 501935.