Grand Opera House York

Opened: 1902
Capacity: 1,028 seats


  • The Grand Opera House opened as a variety theatre in 1902 and played host to many of the stars of the day including Lillie Langtry, Florrie Ford and Charlie Chaplin.
  • It was extensively restored in 1987 and since then has presented a range of shows including drama, smaller musicals, comedy and a popular annual pantomime as well as working with many local societies and organisations.
  • Recent shows have included Sunny Afternoon, The Rocky Horror Show, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Blood Brothers, Dirty Dancing, Gangsta Granny, The National Theatre’s Production of Jane Eyre and the pantomime Aladdin, complimented with music concerts and comedy with Jimmy Carr and Paddy McGuiness.



Situated in historic York’s city centre, the Grand Opera House boasts a beautiful Matcham style auditorium on three levels. Holding up to 950 customers, the theatre is ideal for conferences, photo shoots and product launches. The side bars are also available for hire and make excellent meeting rooms. They have been used for training sessions, workshops and meetings. Current/past clients include Nestle, City of York Council and TYES.
Contact the Grand Opera House to find out more on 01904 678700 or by email on


Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW

Contact: Rachel Lane, General Manager

Phone: 01904 678700

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