Grand Opera House York

Grand Opera House York
Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–4pm; closed Sun.
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As well as putting on musicals, theatre, comedy and music over the years, in 1902 the Grand Opera House was also the home of York's first public performances of films. A conversion of a warehouse and a corn exchange, after a handful of closures and refurbishments, it opened for good in 1993.

As well as putting on musicals, theatre, comedy and music over the years, in 1902 the Grand Opera House York was also the home of York's first public performances of films, originally called Empire Theatre. A conversion of a warehouse and a corn exchange, after a handful of closures and refurbishments, it opened for good in the 1980's.

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ABBA Mania

Celebrating decades of golden hits with a recreation of the live Abba show.

Sat 16 Nov


Amanda Palmer

One half of the Dresden Dolls mixing Weimar cabaret with old school blues.

Mon 4 Nov

Prices to be confirmed

Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that anyone in possession of wit and good taste must be in want of great entertainment Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play, starring a cast of the country's sharpest comic performers, who conjure up a 'lost' Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title…

Sat 20 Jul


Part of Great Yorkshire Fringe.

Beyond the Barricade - 20th Anniversary Tour

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Beyond the Barricade. The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Misérables. Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course, ending with a stunning finale from Les Mis. The concert features David…

Thu 5 Sep


Blood Brothers

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s…

Mon 28 Oct


Tue 29 Oct


Wed 30 Oct


…and 3 more dates until 2 Nov

Fri 20 Mar 2020



Seen by over 22 million people worldwide Book now for the most successful rock and roll show of all time! 'The audience go absolutely crazy. It's the show you will never forget' Daily Mail 'Joyous! I love this show' Sunday Express Now in its 25th year, the sensational multi award winning West End show is coming to a…

Tue 24 Mar 2020


Wed 25 Mar 2020


Thu 26 Mar 2020


…and 2 more dates until 28 Mar 2020

Carole: The Music of Carole King

Musical journey through the life and career of the great American songwriter Carole King.

Wed 13 Nov


Clare Teal and her All Stars

Award-winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her All Stars will traverse a rich landscape of timeless and sparkling material as they celebrate the Great American and British Song books as well as contemporary writers creating the standards of today. Promising a rich jazz infused repertoire in its…

Fri 19 Jul


Part of Great Yorkshire Fringe.

David Baddiel – Trolls: Not the Dolls

One-man show from David Baddiel about his interactions with internet trolls.

Sun 5 Apr 2020


The Drifters

The veteran vocal harmony group celebrate over 60 years of The Drifters with hits including 'Under the Broadway', 'Saturday Night at the Movies’ and ‘Up on the Roof’.

Thu 4 Jul


The ELO Experience

This tribute band recreates 'Mr Blue Sky' et al, probably with a more stable line-up than the real ELO.

Wed 31 Jul


Frank Skinner: Showbiz

Frank Skinner embarks on his first stand-up tour in four years.

Sun 22 Sep


Graeme Swann & Henry Blofeld: Dancing Down The Wicket

Stories, cricket and fun from the duo.

Wed 23 Oct


Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2019: Final

The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year is back for a fifth year. This year the Final moves to the Opera house after selling out in previous years! See the best up and coming comedians from Yorkshire and beyond compete for the title of Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2019.

Sat 27 Jul


Part of Great Yorkshire Fringe.

The Greatest Showman (Sing-Along)

  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle. Sing-along presentation.

Tue 15 Oct


Halfway To Paradise: The Billy Fury Story

Colin Gold and Fury's original backing band, Fury's Tornados, tell his story through words and music.

Wed 25 Sep



Psychedelic hippie warhorses Hawkwind, still best known for the epic 'Silver Machine' and for having naked women fire-eating on stage with them.

Mon 11 Nov


Hot Flush

After five sell out UK tours, Hot Flush returns… Meet Myra, Sylvia, Helen and Jessica in this hilarious show. Share in the friendships, the secrets, the tears, the laughs and ups and downs of four ordinary women - and one man - living extraordinary lives. A successful barrister, specialising in divorce, Myra had always…

Tue 24 Sep


Islands in the Stream

Musical celebrating the queen and king of country: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Fri 22 Nov


James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

New show from the comedian who named it after a time he tried cold lasagne and enjoyed it.

Fri 15 Nov


Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Sun 13 Oct


Sun 21 Jun 2020


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's pop oratorio has additional new choreography.

Tue 1 Oct


Wed 2 Oct


Thu 3 Oct


…and 2 more dates until 5 Oct

Madama Butterfly An Ellen Kent production

Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra Winner of The Best Opera Award Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a…

Sat 21 Mar 2020


The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Wed 16 Oct


Fri 18 Oct


The Magic of the Beatles

A recreation of the full Beatles live show, taking you through their different eras from the skiffle-influenced mop top years of 'Love Me Do' and 'She Loves You' to the later psychedelia of songs like 'Strawberry Fields' and the classic rock such as 'Let It Be'.

Wed 16 Oct


Midge Ure (grand Opera House, York)

At the end of the 1970s momentous change was afoot in Britain and the world – in society, politics, fashion and culture – and the musical landscape was also about to change forever. The guitar-driven dominance that had propelled rock and punk throughout the decade was about to end, as synthesizers signalled the sound of…

Mon 21 Oct


Midge Ure: Vienna & Visage – 1980 Tour

Midge Ure performs his Vienna albums in its entirety for the first time in 40 years with Band Electronica. He'll also play songs from his debut album Visage that have never been performed live before.

Mon 21 Oct


Once: The Musical

A Broadway and West End hit musical that's a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other. Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet…

Mon 3 Feb 2020

Times & prices to be confirmed

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Tue 4 Feb 2020

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Wed 5 Feb 2020

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On sale Mon 17 Jun

…and 3 more dates until 8 Feb 2020

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best day ever!

Wed 4 Mar 2020


Thu 5 Mar 2020


Rhythm Of The Dance

This dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent, an exciting 2-hour trip through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music, 22 award-winning World & Irish dance champions with 25 dazzling costume changes.

Thu 1 Aug


Richard Herring

Richard Keith Herring is a stand-up comedian and prolific podcaster. Once part of 90s double-act Lee & Herring, Richard has found solo success with his various podcasts such as the one where he plays snooker against himself and the one where he picks up stones in a field.

Sat 19 Oct


The Rolling Stones Story

Tribute to rock'n'roll pioneers The Stones.

Sat 3 Aug


The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars: The Ronnie Scott’s Story - 60th Anniversary Concert

The story of Ronnie Scott's jazz club, combining stories, anecdotes and top-class live jazz.

Sat 27 Jul


Part of Great Yorkshire Fringe.

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Ross Noble's newest hour.

Thu 30 Apr 2020

Prices to be confirmed

The Roy Orbison Story

Roy Orbison tribute singer Barry Steele and his five-piece show band singing hits by the Big O plus a special tribute to the time Roy spent with The Traveling Wilburys, and Bono.

Fri 25 Oct


The Sensational 60s Experience

Music show featuring Mike Pender (original voice of the Searchers), Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Fortunes, the New Amen Corner. Hits include 'Needles and Pins', 'Out of Time', 'I’m Into Something Good', 'Storm in a Tea Cup', 'Bend Me Shape Me' plus many more.

Thu 17 Oct


Shrek the Musical

It’s a big, bright, beautiful world as Shrek the Musical arrives in York for the first time ever. Having previously brought Sister Act, Hairspray, Ghost, Billy Elliot and We Will Rock You to the Grand Opera House over the last 10 years, acclaimed producer York Stage will bring their latest premiere production to York this…

Thu 12 Sep


Fri 13 Sep


Sat 14 Sep


…and 6 more dates until 21 Sep

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

The explorer discusses his record-breaking experiences and expeditions.

Mon 1 Jul


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Grand Opera House York

Thu 12 Dec


Fri 13 Dec


Sat 14 Dec


…and 18 more dates until 4 Jan 2020

Soul Legends

A night of soul classics.

Fri 30 Aug


Thriller Live

  • Directed by: Gary Lloyd, John Maher (musical director)
  • Written by: Adrian Grant (adapt)

A celebration of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 featuring top hits and some stunning multi-media razzmatazz.

Mon 8 Jul


Tue 9 Jul


Wed 10 Jul


…and 3 more dates until 13 Jul

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Pull up a chair and lay another place at the table for a very special guest. Judith Kerr's much-loved children's book is given a magical, musical stage interpretation by David Wood. Ages 3+.

Fri 5 Jul


Sat 6 Jul


Sun 7 Jul


Tom Gates

From the producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of Tom Gates live on stage in an exciting and hilarious adventure that sends Tom’s world spinning.

Wed 6 Nov


Thu 7 Nov


Fri 8 Nov


Sat 9 Nov


UK Pink Floyd Experience

A tribute show that spans Pink Floyd's back-catalogue from Dark Side to The Division Bell.

Thu 29 Aug


A Vision of Elvis

2008 European Elvis Tribute Artist Champion Rob Kingsley presents the total Elvis package, from custom-made costumes to that curl of the lip.

Fri 2 Aug


Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show

Go on a Spice World journey for an evening of your favourite Spice Girls hits.

Wed 4 Sep


What's Love Got To Do With It?

Cabaret as Australian actor/singer/songwriter Ruth Katerelos takes the audience on a musical journey through various states of love with Monique Kenny on guitar.

Sat 31 Aug


Whitney: Queen of the Night

A celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston through three decades of classic hits.

Thu 14 Nov


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