Coming up at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall in June...

Two free talks in conjunction with the York Festival of Ideas:


The Making of a City: 1068 - 1350



Wednesday 18th June: 7.00pm to 8.30pm

York was one of the most important cities in Medieval England. Join historian Sarah Rees-Jones as she considers how we may have underestimated the impact of the Norman Conquest on York's development as a city, and focuses in particular on the new developments of the thirteenth century that led to the flourishing of a merchant dominated civic community in the decades around 1300.



The Voyage which Transformed Tudor England



Thursday 19th June: 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Historian James Evans explores the background to the great and daring English voyage of discovery launched in 1553, which set out to find a north-east passage to China. In spite of failing in its original aim, it did represent a seminal moment, and it laid the groundwork for a new culture in England.


For more information on both events and ticketing information, please click here.





Coming up at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall in July...

The Handlebards present...

The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth by William Shakespeare



Tuesday 8th July (Comedy of Errors) and Wednesday 9th July (Macbeth)

6.30pm (performance at 7.30pm)

Access to the Hall's gardens from the Fossgate entrance only.


The HandleBards - a madcap, 4-strong, all-male troupe of players - are cycling this summer to York to perform two of Shakespeare's greatest plays on consecutive evenings in the Hall's gardens.

On just four bicycles the group are embarking on a two-thousand mile adventure around the British Isles in which they will carry all the necessary sets, props, costumes and camping equipment to perform high-octane, madcap versions of Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors.

The Handlebards do Shakespeare differently - using bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on-stage, whilst playing ALL the parts in Director James Farrell's (RSC, West End, Chichester) wild 1930's indie-folk romp.



The Comedy of Errors is an anarchic farce of mistaken identity with far too many twins whilst Macbeth tells the incredible tale of ambition, magic and murder!

These performances will be open-air so we will be expecting glorious sun-shine (fingers crossed - if the weather is inclement, the Great Hall will make a rather marvellous stand-in). So grab a tasty picnic, your finest group of friends, low-backed chairs, rugs and cushions and come watch some first-rate Shakespeare in the stunning suroundings of the Hall!


Adult: £10.00, Concessions (Over 60's and Students): £8.00,

Children: £4, Family (2 Adults plus 2 children): £20


Tickets will go on sale from the Hall on Tuesday 7th May from 9.00am. For more information, please e-mail the Hall or ring 01904 654818


For more information on The HandleBards and their tour please check out the Peculious website.

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