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Theme: Performance Through Time

From plays to concerts, films to poetry, this year's Festival offers a plethora of events to suit all interests and ages. 

What's on

Sat
18
Jun

Yorkshire Bach Choir: Monteverdi and Croce

Join Yorkshire Bach Choir as they transport you back to the incredible flowering of music activity of late Renaissance Venice. Monteverdi’s extraordinary Missa In Illo Tempore (Mass in that Time) references the temporal in its curious title. Alongside Monteverdi, YBC will ‘turn back time’ by reviving rarely heard music by Giovanni Croce and Teodoro Clionio.

Mon
13
Jun

Shakespeare: Moments That Matter

Twins reunited; a ravished girl who cannot speak; a statue that comes to life. In this lively event celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, leading Shakespeareans from Shakespeare’s Globe, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and the University of York unlock key moments in Shakespeare that resonate powerfully with them. Join Farah Karim-Cooper and Judith Buchanan. Includes actor participation.

Sat
11
Jun

James Shirley’s Hyde Park

A hundred suitors cannot be half the trouble of a husband!’ Festival time in Hyde Park: a place for amorous intrigue and unexpected encounters. Three women, setting their own rules, make life-defining choices – and teach the men who pursue them a lesson in the process. Is razor-sharp wit a true defence against love? Shirley’s hilarious battle of the sexes provides the answer in this modern staging. This event is supported by the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust.

Fri
10
Jun

James Shirley’s Hyde Park

A hundred suitors cannot be half the trouble of a husband!’ Festival time in Hyde Park: a place for amorous intrigue and unexpected encounters. Three women, setting their own rules, make life-defining choices – and teach the men who pursue them a lesson in the process. Is razor-sharp wit a true defence against love? Shirley’s hilarious battle of the sexes provides the answer in this modern staging. This event is supported by the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust.

Fri
10
Jun

Make Once More My Heart Thy Home

Hans Gál was one of a generation of Jewish composers forced to flee Austria when the Nazis invaded. A celebration of Gál’s love of choral music, this programme places his own works amid the music he most admired - Schütz, Haydn, Schumann and Brahms. The music is presented by the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and directed by Bryan White.

Thu
9
Jun

James Shirley’s Hyde Park

A hundred suitors cannot be half the trouble of a husband!’ Festival time in Hyde Park: a place for amorous intrigue and unexpected encounters. Three women, setting their own rules, make life-defining choices – and teach the men who pursue them a lesson in the process. Is razor-sharp wit a true defence against love? Shirley’s hilarious battle of the sexes provides the answer in this modern staging. This event is supported by the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust.

Thu
9
Jun

Action Poetry

Action Poetry is a live performance event presenting the work of acclaimed poets Karen Mac Cormack and Steve McCaffery. By lifting the poem off the page, poetry is no longer a static object in a book but is an action performed in space and time. Come along and experience poems in ‘real-time’ as Karen and Steve activate poetry’s sonic and phonic dimensions.

Wed
8
Jun

Mystery Plays at the Minster 2000 and 2016

Come along and discuss your experiences of the York Mystery Plays and your expectations of future productions. Open to those who have contributed to past Mystery Plays - as well as those who have not but who would like to learn more - the event will take the form of an informal discussion.

Sun
5
Jun

Harlequin in the Ghetto

In the World War Two Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt, a young prisoner wrote a commedia dell'arte-inspired play, Comedy about a Trap. Would Harlequin the lovable clown escape the clutches of the Capitano? These new works, based on preserved fragments of the script, question: what are we to make of a comedy written during the Holocaust?

Sat
4
Jun

Harlequin in the Ghetto

In the World War Two Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt, a young prisoner wrote a commedia dell'arte-inspired play, Comedy about a Trap. Would Harlequin the lovable clown escape the clutches of the Capitano? These new works, based on preserved fragments of the script, question: what are we to make of a comedy written during the Holocaust?

Fri
3
Jun

Harlequin in the Ghetto

In the World War Two Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt, a young prisoner wrote a commedia dell'arte-inspired play, Comedy about a Trap. Would Harlequin the lovable clown escape the clutches of the Capitano? These new works, based on preserved fragments of the script, question: what are we to make of a comedy written during the Holocaust?

Thu
2
Jun

Harlequin in the Ghetto

In the World War Two Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt, a young prisoner wrote a commedia dell'arte-inspired play, Comedy about a Trap. Would Harlequin the lovable clown escape the clutches of the Capitano? These new works, based on preserved fragments of the script, question: what are we to make of a comedy written during the Holocaust?

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