The Joseph Rowntree Theatre is taking part in a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to help us raise funds via a virtual bucket shake this festive season.
Your donation will help to replace the huge amount of income lost as a result of the pandemic. Please help us to make sure that we can welcome visiting performers and audiences to a wide variety of top quality shows by making a donation to our virtual bucket and then claim one of our excellent rewards.
Our virtual bucket shake
We are facing a loss of income from ticket sales, merchandise and ice creams, as well as missing out on the opportunity for a traditional bucket collection. This is why we’d like to invite you to take part in a virtual bucket collection this panto season.
Rowntree Players' 2019 Panto"Sinbad" setting sail.
About Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Founded on chocolate, the Joseph Rowntree Theatre was commissioned by the Rowntree family for the workers at their chocolate factory. Opened in 1935 it is a beautiful Art Deco building, which stands opposite the original Rowntree factory.
The workers were encouraged to use the theatre for their entertainment, whether watching or actually taking part. The Rowntree Players amateur theatre group, which was formed in 1912, made the theatre it’s home and is still going strong today; performing productions on the very stage where the original chocolate workers once trod the boards!
The first play staged - "Ambrose Applejohn’s Adventure", 27 - 30 November 1935
The Rowntree family built the theatre to be in the very heart of the community, as a place of affordable entertainment and that tradition continues to this day, it is a much loved and valued theatre for everyone to enjoy.
“We have visited often and are always amazed at the standard of productions. The theatre is small and intimate. Children are made welcome. Love it.”
The villainous captain has all hands swabbing the decks!