York International Shakespeare Festival at Friargate Theatre

Friargate will be hosting a number of plays during the York International Shakespeare Festival including our own All’s Well That Ends Well!

More details about each play can be found on their respective pages, but we thought a handy timetable might help with booking tickets throughout the ten days.

  9 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May
11am

        All’s Well
2pm

  FEAST FEAST    
5pm

  FEAST      
8pm All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

All’s Well All’s Well

 

  15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May
11am   Hamlet

   
2pm All’s Well Hamlet

   
5pm

 

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8pm Hamlet All’s Well All’s Well All’s Well

 

 

 

All’s Well That Ends Well

it’s a class act – in love, sex and war

Everyone is treating everyone else remarkably badly – so sisters are doing it for themselves, in Shakespeare’s surprisingly socially aware comedy for 1603.  As long as some of it is kept in the dark.

 

 

Two teenagers make their way in a dangerous world of pointless conflicts, capricious leaders, outbursts of intense continental emotion… and singing.  He’s in the limelight, she’s in the shadows, one of them is desperately in love.

 

In the spirit of this International Festival, Riding Lights invites you to spend a jolly evening with them over in France, as they streamline All’s Well into a sharp 90 minutes of breathless trips across Europe, chasing true love, honour, Italian girls and solutions to a couple of frankly impossible tasks.

 

Directed by Paul Burbridge 
Designed by Sean Cavanagh

 

Friargate Theatre, York   May 9 – 19
Tickets: £10 / £8
01904 613000 or Book online below by clicking on the performance time

 

Date Time
Thursday 9th 8pm
Friday 10th 8pm
Saturday 11th 8pm
Monday 13th- BSL interpreted 8pm
Tuesday 14th 11am // 8pm
Wednesday 15th 2pm
Thursday 16th 8pm
Friday 17th 8pm
Saturday 18th 5pm // 8pm
Sunday 19th 5pm

 

Want to find out more about what else Friargate is hosting during the festival? Click here for the timetable of performances.

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The Narrow Road

Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a revival of their acclaimed passion play The Narrow Road by Paul Birch, during the season of Lent 2019.

Amid the heat and beauty of ancient Palestine, a man stands on a dusty road. An extraordinary journey will take place, retracing the footsteps of Jesus through a world of miracles and madness, violence and liberation. As the Narrow Road is walked, this turbulent world is turned upside down and its inhabitants confronted by an unexpected and surprising vision.

As we walk with these people to the cross and on into the challenge of a life beyond it, The Narrow Road asks each of us to review our understanding of our own faith in relation to that journey. There are pauses in the performance which give opportunities for personal reflection and worship.

Audience responses to the 2010 production:

“This was the most inspiring 90 minutes I’ve spent in a long time.”

“A packed hall, an amazing play and a wonderful preparation for Easter Day.”

“This was a truly extra-ordinary and life-changing event. It will have a deep and lasting effect on me.”

Tour Dates

DateVenue Tickets Book Online

Tuesday 9th
April (7.30pm)

Hampstead
Parish Church
Admission free, Donations
welcome

Wednesday 10th April (7.30pm)

St Andrew’s
Church,
Presteigne
£8Book here

Thursday 11th
April (7.30pm)

St Martin’s
Church, Walsall
£801922 635217

Friday 12th
April (7.30pm)

St James’
Church,
Wetherby
£801937 584760

Saturday 13
April (7.30pm)

Beverley
Minster
£10 01482 868540

Sunday 14th
April (7pm)

St Luke’s
Church,
Newcastle
FreeNo need to
pre-book

Tuesday 16th
April (7.30pm)

Leeds
Moortown
Baptist
£12/£10
concession
01132 693750

Wednesday 17th April (7.30pm)
St Mary the
Virgin,
Eardisland,
Herefordshire
£10 /£5 Under 16s
01544 388157

Available from the village shop at the Dovecote
Thursday 18th
April (7.30pm)
West Wickham and
Shirley Baptist, Croydon
FreeNo need to
pre-book

Friday 19th
April (7.30pm)
St Margaret’s Church,
Angmering
£801903 784459

Saturday 20th
April (7.00pm)

Severn Valley
Benefice,
Highley
£8 / £601746 860230

Book Here

Colder Than Here

Colder Than Here

by Laura Wade

Directed by Louise Larkinson
Produced by Wildgoose Theatre

Death is the ultimate fact of life, but in an age when many of us might prefer to see death as an optional extra, Laura Wade’s play, ‘Colder Than Here’, is a timely wake up call.
Wife and mother of two, Myra, has no choice but to face this fact. She is suffering with terminal bone cancer. She is determined to die on her own terms, so pathos is to be expected – though you might not expect a play about a painful death, to be so funny.

In the same way that Myra has organised her life, so she organises her death – checking out potential burial plots and making funeral plans. As she points out: “You have to find things to do. When you’re off work with dying.”

Meanwhile, Myra’s husband, Alec, is struggling to get the boiler fixed, “I can’t really do problems”, and her daughters, Harriet and Jenna, are dealing with their mother’s illness in very different ways – but have their own issues to confront. This is a family which has never had, and may never acquire, “this fully-functioning- Talking thing.”

‘Colder Than Here’ is an unsentimental play of love, death and grief, which ‘balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.’ It is about control, cardboard coffins and woodland burials. It’s about a family’s preparation for the inevitable and the conversations which many of us dread.

‘Colder Than Here’ was first performed at London’s Soho Theatre in 2005 and this production from Wildgoose Theatre, marks its premiere performance in York.

Praise for Wildgoose Theatre:
“Wildgoose are one of York’s theatrical gems, quietly going about the business of making high quality theatre with local ingredients.”
(Charles Hutchinson, York Press)

 

Times and Tickets:

Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th October at 7:30pm
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 (Full price) / £10 (Concessions) – Over 60s, Unwaged, Full Time Education
Box Office: 01904 613000 or online

Please note there is a £1.50 per transaction charge if booking online. There is no transaction charge if booking by phone or in person through the Riding Lights Box Office. If you would like your tickets posted to you then there is a 50p charge to cover postage costs.

An amateur production by permission of Samuel French Ltd

 

Surprise Ending (plus Q&A with Bridget Foreman)

by Bridget Foreman
for York Explore and The Big City Read 2018

Everything in Eric’s life seems to be shrinking. His trousers are getting tighter, he’s being moved to a flat with no garden, and he’s had to get a smaller TV. Even Kit Kats have been re-sized.

The only thing that’s getting bigger is his granddaughter, Smidge, with her life full of things he barely understands: technology, kick-boxing and Minecraft.

Then one night, everything changes for Smidge, and a trip to the library expands Eric’s universe into a whole new dimension. Playwright Bridget Foreman has written Surprise Ending which will be performed by York-based Riding Lights Theatre Company in all of our libraries and at surprise locations all over the city. Surprise Ending is a fun, light-hearted short play which will make you think about reading in a completely different way.

Take a look at the programme below to find out where your nearest performance is, book a ticket for only £2.50 and come along, it would be rude not to!

 

Performance of Surprise Ending
followed by a Q and A with the playwright, Bridget Foreman

Saturday 13 October
7.30pm – 9.30pm

Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York, YO1 9SL
01904 613000

Touring

Roughshod 2018

THEATRE · COMEDY · DRAMA · INSIGHT

Roughshod: Deliver

Five young people in search of their futures reveal some surprising stories of hope in their new faith-filled show for 2018.

A passenger on a train gets help from an unexpected stranger, a community is transformed by a shattering lesson, a small time crook gets an offer he can’t refuse…
Mixing comedy, dramatic storytelling, spoken word and the personal experience of the actors themselves, Riding Lights Roughshod deliver a show that asks: what happens when God intervenes in ordinary lives?

In an anxious world of mixed messages it can be hard to find truth among the headlines.

Join our five performers for an energetic, entertaining show about faith, hope and everything in between.

Touring 11th March – 28th July 2018
To churches, schools, arts centres, prisons and other communities round the UK.

Designed to perform just about anywhere, annually Roughshod reaches a live audience of around 20,000 adults and children. It has been acclaimed from Belfast to Brixton for creating powerful new pieces of theatre. Could Roughshod be perfect for your community in 2018?

The last few spaces in their schedule are still available.  Give us a call on 01904 655317 or email roughshod@rltc.org to find out more.

Tour Dates and Box Office

 

Date Venue Box Office
Wednesday 14th March (7.30pm) St Luke’s, Clairemont Street, Newcastle
NE2 4AH
Tickets: Free
0191 3408812
Saturday 24th March (7.30pm) St Luke’s Church, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead
SL6 7AX
Tickets: £5
01628 622733
Sunday 22nd April (6.00pm) Brucefield Church Of Scotland, 62 East Main Street
Whitburn, EH47 0RD
Tickets: £5
01501 748666
Friday 27th April (7.00pm) Kenmuir Mount Vernon Church Of Scotland
2404 London Road Mount Vernon, Glasgow, G32 9RW
Tickets: £5
0141 5730537
Saturday 28th April (7.30pm) Barclay Viewforth Church, Wright’s Houses, Bruntsfield
Edinburgh, EH10 4HR
Tickets: £5
0131 2296810

 

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