Grand Opera House YorkYork
About the Grand Opera House York
Located in the middle of the historic city, York’s Grand Opera House was originally two separate buildings, with one as the corn exchange and the other as a warehouse. By 1902, the two buildings joined, and the theatre opened with its premiere production, the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood. Now, the theatre is now run by the Ambassadors Theatre Group and hosts a variety of top touring musicals, plays and tribute acts in its intimate house.
The Grand Opera House has been used in several capacities throughout the years, but a 1987 restoration saw it revert to its original use as a theatre, with carefully chosen décor that reflects the theatre’s early years. With a relatively intimate seating capacity of 1,000, the auditorium is spread over three levels; the Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle. All levels have Boxes on either side of the seating, and the circles curve gently around the stage. Views and comfort throughout the theatre are good, with the Stalls and front of the Dress Circle being the best sections to opt for.