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Grand Opera House YorkYork

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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.

Plan your visit

The theatre is open up to 90 minutes before the first performance of the day begins. Patrons can usually take their seats in the auditorium 30 minutes before curtain up.
There are various measures in place at the Grand Opera House to ensure theatregoers’ well-being and safety. Bag checks may be in operation upon arrival, so it is recommended that you leave extra time to avoid queues, and only bring small bags to a performance.
There are bars on the Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle levels as well as in the main Foyer of the Grand Opera House, serving snacks and refreshments before performances and during the interval.
Zaap Thai Street Food is six minutes’ walk from the Grand Opera House, with a varied menu including dim sum, bao buns and curries. If you prefer a relaxed pub setting for a pre-show meal, The Hop on Fossgate serves woodfired pizzas and Ossett Brewery ales alongside weekly acoustic music sets.
York is home to a variety of luxury and boutique hotels in period buildings, such as The Principal, which boasts Victorian-era features and beautiful landscaped gardens. For those on mid-range or smaller budget, Hotel 53 and Holiday Inn City Centre both provide comfortable rooms close to the theatre.

Help booking tickets

Tickets can be collected at the box office, in the foyer, up to 90 minutes before your scheduled performance begins. Please bring the card you booked with and your confirmation details, as this will help the box office team locate your tickets.
The box office is open from 12pm - 5.30pm Monday - Saturday. On performance days, the box office remains open until the start of a show for ticket collection and same-day purchases.
The box office team can be contacted by phone for all booking queries on 0333 009 6690.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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