Blue Beard

by Handy Mag
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A tale of magic, mystery and female empowerment

Blue Beard the magician makes hearts flutter and pupils dilate. With a wink, a stroke and a flick – things just seem to vanish. Cards, coins, scarves… and women.

Artistic Director of Wise Children, Emma Rice directs and has adapted the french folktale in a co-production with Birmingham Rep, HOME Manchester, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and York Theatre Royal.

Blue Beard is at York Theatre Royal
Blue Beard is at York Theatre Royal

The cast includes Robyn Sinclair, Stu Barker, Mirabelle Gremaud, Stephanie Hockley, Patrycja Kujawska, Adam Mirsky, Katy Owen, and Tristan Sturrock.

Blue Beard meets his match when his young bride discovers his dark and murderous secret. She summons all her rage, all her smarts and all her sisters to bring the curtain down on his tyrannous reign.

Emma Rice brings her own brand of theatrical wonder to this most beguiling and disturbing of tales. With her signature sleight of hand, Blue Beard explores curiosity and consent, violence and vengeance—all through an intoxicating lens of music, wit and tender truth.

Rice’s previous shows at York Theatre Royal include Wuthering Heights, Malory Towers and Wise Children.
When someone tells you not to look, OPEN THE BLOODY DOOR!

First night fizz on Tue 27 Feb after the 7.30pm performance. All audience members will get a complimentary glass of fizz. Post-show discussion after the Fri 1 Mar performance.

British Sign Language Interpreted Performance on Thu 7 Mar at 7.30pm. Audio Described & Captioned Performance on Sat 9 Mar at 2.30pm.

Full showtimes:

  • Tue 27 Feb: 7.30pm
  • Wed 28 Feb: 7.30pm
  • Thu 29 Feb: 2pm & 7.30pm
  • Fri 01 Mar: 7.30pm
  • Sat 02 Mar: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Tue 05 Mar: 7.30pm
  • Wed 06 Mar: 7.30pm
  • Thu 07 Mar: 2pm & 7.30pm
  • Fri 08 Mar: 7.30pm
  • Sat 09 Mar: 2.30pm & 7.30pm

York Theatre Royal box office 01904 623568.

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