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May

A lovely month in York with two Bank Holidays, often dry and sunny as spring moves into summer.

York Theatre Royal’s new stage adaptation of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall runs until the 6th May.

Daniel O’Donnell comes to York Barbican Events Centre on the 2nd.

The Vienna Festival Ballet performs Swan Lake at the Grand Opera House on the 9th and Cinderella on the 10th.

Running 13th to 20th May is the York International Shakespeare Festival produced in collaboration by York Theatre Royal, the University of York and Parrabbola theatre group. This will include many fascinating theatre productions and talks which can be booked on the website.

The Birmingham Royal Ballet is at the York Theatre Royal with a triple bill on the 12th and 13th of May and there is a ‘promenade event’, Sonnet Walks, as part of the Shakespeare Festival from the 12th to the 20th where up to 16 audience members walk round the city centre meeting a selection of characters with something to tell, including a sonnet!

On the 13th is York Guildhall Orchestra’s final concert of the season at the York Barbican Events Centre. This will be a Proms-style event with classic British music such as Pomp and Circumstance, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.

During the ‘Against the Odds – Elvington at War Weekend’ on the 13th – 14th May, the Yorkshire Air Museum recreates when Elvington Airfield was a live bomber station during World War II.

On the 16th Imelda May plays the York Barbican Events Centre.

Romeo + Juliet is showing at the York Theatre Royal from the 16th to the 30th and Twelth Night from the 18th to the 20th as part of the Shakespeare Festival.

On the 17th Remembering Fred which celebrates the career of legendary dancer Fred Astaire, comes to the Grand Opera House. Starring dancing from Aljaz and Janette from Strictly Come Dancing along with celebrity guests, supporting dancers, and singers.

The first races of the season take place with York Racecourse’s Dante Festival, a weekday meet from the 17th to the 19th May.

On the 19th May York Theatre Royal stages a one-man adaptation of Henry V (Man and Monarch).

The Yorkshire Museum launches Viking: Rediscover the Legend’ in partnership with the British Museum, running from 19th May to 5th November 2017. This major new exhibition will bring two of the most significant collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain together for the first time.

On the 20th the Reduced Shakespeare Company come to the Grand Opera House condensing all of Shakespeare’s greatest plots and characters into a breathless 90 minutes of fun!

From the 22nd to the 27th the National Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre comes to the Grand Opera House.

The 26th sees the Barbican Events Centre host the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, which hosts some of the best emerging new stand up comics. In the past they have booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time!

The second May Bank Holiday weekend sees the second race meet of the season, the First Saturday 2017 at York Racecourse on the 27th.

Running until the 3rd of September, the National Railway Museum’s Mystery on the Rails season continues, exploring the special place of railways in detective fiction and well as exploring real-life crimes with exhibitions, workshops and talks.

The Castle Museum’s exhibition, York’s Sweet Past (running to 5th January 2018) continues.

York Art Gallery’s exhibition of York-born artist Albert Joseph Moore’s work continues (running until 1st October). Albert Moore was one of the leading artists of the Aesthetic movement and this exhibition will show examples of his early, Pre-Raphaelite-influenced work as well as the classical figures that he focused on when his style had matured.

 
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