Theatre Royal

St. Leonard's Place,
York, YO1 2HD

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Architects: Frank Alfred Tugwell

Functions: Live Theatre

Styles: Art Nouveau

Previous Names: New Theatre Royal

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 44190.462.3568

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Theatre Royal

Located in the historic city centre. The first Theatre Royal was built and opened in 1765. It was rebuilt in 1822. The current facade was built in 1880, designed by architect George Styan. On 21st December 1896, the Theatre Royal presented ‘The Cinematograph’ between acts in the performance of “Shadows of a Great City”. Film shows continued to be presented for several years.

In 1902, a new auditorium was designed in an Art Nouveau style by architect Frank A. Tugwell, and it re-opened as the New Theatre Royal with a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. The Theatre Royal is a major touring and producing house, and is a Grade II* Listed building. It is operated by the City of York.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on July 9, 2013 at 3:57 am

Current auditorium view here:–


Ian on July 9, 2013 at 4:09 am

The Theatre Royal had a foyer extension built in 1967, designed by Patrick Gwynne, in a starkly modern yet complimentary style to the Gothic theatre. It is located behind what appeared to be a garage on the left of the photo above, whilst the ground floor has been opened up and is part of the pedestrian thoroughfare of St Leonard’s Place. More recently a studio theatre was added.


The Theatre Royal is grade 2* listed.

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