International companies to perform at York's Joseph Rowntree Theatre

The Incident, 3 July 2016

Jane Austen’s Persuasion, 22 July 2016

York’s art deco theatre, the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Haxby Road, is set to host international touring productions of two musicals in July, with a performance of an original musical, The Incident, by the Shanghai & Hong Kong New Music Theatre Group on Sunday 3 July, and the Chamber Opera Chicago’s original musical of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on 22 July.

“We are well accustomed to being the theatre of choice for local groups, with national touring professional companies also visiting us regularly, but it is wonderful to welcome these international performers to our friendly theatre,” comments chair of trustees, Dan Shrimpton.  “Each of these companies is performing a one-night show, so we’re hoping that the York audience gives them a very warm welcome when they take to the stage.”

The Incident is a new musical set in post-war Britain, when two rival gangs of children join forces to rescue one of their number who has accidentally kicked his football through the local headmaster’s window.  A talented ensemble of young actors will perform the lively show, packed with music, dance and songs as part of a three venue UK tour.  Tickets cost just £9, with discounts available for groups of five of more, by calling the Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office on 01904 50 1935 or visiting

Later in the month, the critically acclaimed Chamber Opera Chicago will be crossing the Atlantic to bring their new musical version of an English classic novel, Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  A chamber orchestra with Celtic instruments, authentic Regency costuming and world champion Irish dancers make this a unique show that audiences will never forget. 

Jane Austen’s Persuasion has received rave reviews around the world:

 “A big budget show with fabulous costumes… incredibly strong voices in both solo and group numbers, and the band were faultless” – Steve Griffin, Edinburgh 49

“This story of Anne Elliot’s second chance at love is told with such wit and life that I predict that this diamond will be remounted for years to come” – Lori David, Chicago Stage Style

“The intriguing narrative is driven by an excellent supporting ensemble that delivers a powerful performance as well as a highlight of the show.  Their portrayal of Irish sailors, featuring dancers form the Trinity Irish Dance Company, is superbly executed and moved the audience to an extra-long applause” – Sam Murray, The Royal Borough Observer, Windsor

“I was totally blown away by one of the best evening’s entertainment I’ve had” – John Bottle, Bury Free Press

Tickets for Jane Austen’s Persuasion are priced at £12.00 for adults, and £8.00 for concessions.  Tickets are available online at, by phone on 01904 50 1935 or in person from the Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office, open daily (except Tuesday and Sunday) from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

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About Us

Joseph Rowntree Theatre is York’s Art Deco theatre. Hosting concerts, plays, shows, pantomimes and musicals for the last 80 years by touring artists, groups and talented local companies, Joseph Rowntree Theatre has some of the most comfortable and roomy seats in York – perfect for relaxing and enjoying the show. All seats across stalls and the balcony have a completely unrestricted view of the stage; even the last ticket on sale guarantees a great seat! Its location on Haxby Road is just over a mile from the city centre, with free parking and public transport stopping outside the gates. Joseph Rowntree Theatre is part of York’s vibrant chocolate heritage, having been built by Joseph Rowntree as a community hall for those working at his confectionary factories, which still surround the theatre today. It continues to be a friendly, vibrant hub of live entertainment to which patrons return time and again. Since 2001 the Theatre has been run by a charitable trust to provide an affordable venue to over 30 performing hirers, thanks to the efforts of its 150 regular volunteers. These volunteers come from all walks of life, be they retired former members of amateur dramatic societies, or youngsters wanting to learn the skills of stage management and the technical aspects of theatre. 50 1935