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They don't mean to blow their own trumpets, but York Theatre Royal are BRASSED OFF in February!

Brassed Off 
York Theatre Royal
Friday 14 February to Saturday 1 March



From Friday 14 February to Saturday 1 March you will hear lots of noise from York Theatre Royal’s Main House as they join forces with the Consortium Theatre Company and Bolton Octagon to present a new production of Brassed Off.  Directed by York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director Damian Cruden, adapted by Paul Allen and based on the film of the same name by York writer-director Mark Herman, this production coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike of 1984.

It is 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain. With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, band-leader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seems like a distant dream. Danny, played by Liverpool born actor John McArdle (BBC’s Waking The Dead; Channel 4’s Brookside and ITV’s Foyles War), has to conduct a colliery brass band fighting its way to the finals of a national competition at the Royal Albert Hall in London – and conducting is something of which he has no experience. But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria (Clara Darcy) brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

Passionate, inspiring and featuring a live brass band playing a rousing score that includes Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem - this funny and heart-warming drama is a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit in triumph against all the odds.


On Monday 17 & 24 February you can find out more about all things brass with the Young Person’s Guide to the Brass Band. This talk will be led by Mike Pratt, conductor of York’s Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band.

Listings Information

York Theatre Royal, Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Bolton Octagon Production presents
Brassed Off (Main House)
Friday 14 February – Saturday 1 March
Adapted by Paul Allen (based on the screenplay by Mark Herman) & Directed by Damian Cruden


Special Events:
Brassed On York Ltd and Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band present
A Young Person’s Guide to the Brass Band (Studio)
Monday 17 & 24 February 2014
6pm (duration 45 mins with an extra 15 mins to try instruments)
Suitable for ages 7+
Tickets £3 and £2 for under 16s

Dinner and performance
Saturday 1 March 2014
Enjoy a two course dinner at the National Trust Treasurer’s House  - 5.30pm
Followed by a performance of Brassed Off at York Theatre Royal at 7.30pm
£33 per ticket (includes meal and performance)
Booking essential
01904 624247




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