February at York Theatre Royal

by Imogen Smith

Gypsy Queen

Writer Rob Ward, Director Adam Zane.

York Theatre Royal Studio
13 February at 7.45pm

Award-winning writer Rob Ward’s play Gypsy Queen tells a love story about two men who find each other in the most unlikely world – the world of professional boxing. The production can be seen at York Theatre Royal Studio on 13 February.

George O’Connell is a bare knuckle fighter from a traveller family. A hero to his people and self-proclaimed Gypsy King, George enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his fears and his very identity.

In the opposite corner is Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend. He’s fighting his battles, leading to a tragedy that neither man can predict. With the real challenge taking place outside the ring, can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

Gypsy Queen explores LGBTQ+ visibility in sport, faith and sexuality and the notion of masculinity, played out with biting humour, heart and soul.

Tickets £10 from York Theatre Royal Box Office or online


Presented by York Light

York Theatre Royal
13th – 23rd February
7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30

40 years since its electric Broadway and West End debut in the 1970s created by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey and Robert Stigwood, Grease remains one of the world’s most popular and enduring musicals. Funny, frank and featuring the hit songs Greased Lightnin’, You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You and Summer Nights, Grease follows the journey of Danny and Sandy, alongside the T Birds and the Pink Ladies, as they navigate high school to the unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack that defined generations.

York Light Opera Society, formed in 1953 with No, No Nanette being the first ever production. The company first performed at York Theatre Royal in 1960 with Brigadoon and has been performing there ever since. Throughout the years they have built an excellent reputation for producing shows to a high standard; and the company takes great pride in continuing its tradition of breathing new life into old favourites as well as bringing brand new musicals to York with Guys and Dolls, The King and I, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers being the most recent. The company has continued to grow and in 2013 a youth group was formed, who perform regularly at Joseph Rowntree Theatre. With over 100 productions in their 66-year history, this is the first time York Light have performed Grease. So join York Light for two weeks of leather jackets, hand jives, milkshakes and plenty of grease…

Tickets from £12. Family ticket available on Price bands 1 + 2 from Box Office

Box office 01904 623568 | yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


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