Coming this Summer...


Secrets of the Dead: The Science of who you are

Thursday 11th June 2015 - 7.30pm



As part of the York Festival of Ideas, Professor Sue Black from the University of Dundee will talk about her work in the fascinating field of forensic anthropology.

Our identity is very personal to us but it is something that we willingly share every single day of our lives. However what happens when we are no longer alive to verify our identity? How can we still communicate our identity from beyond the grave?

Professor Black's job is to determine what you may have been and how your mortal remains can continue to talk to forensic scientists long after your passing. It is the science that talks for the dead through the dead.

This talk is free of charge but booking is essential, click here to get your tickets.



Eoforwic, Jorvik and the Viking Centre

Monday 15th June 2015 - 6.00pm



As part of the York Festival of Ideas, Dr Peter Addyman, former Director of the York Archaeological Trust, will describe the archaeological search for Eoforwic (Anglian York) and Jorvik (Viking York), in the 1970s and 1980s.

The massive excavations in Coppergate revealed well-preserved Viking-age structures, copious and varied artefacts which led to the creation of the now world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre. The Anglian settlement areas excavated elsewhere were less well-preserved and less open to popular public presentation.

Dr Addyman will talk about how the discoevry of Viking York allowed Jorvik to eclipse Eoforwic in the public mind.

This talk is free of charge but booking is essential, click here to get your tickets.





Lunchtime Summer Concerts

with York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir

Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th July - 12.30 pm - 1.15pm


"There's sure no passion in the human soul, but finds its food in music"

- George Lillo (1693 - 1739)

Join the award winning York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir this July in the stunning surroundings of the Hall for a special lunch time treat of songs. Whether your taste is for contemporary, classical, west-end, opera, folk song or spiritual, there will be something for everyone!

The choir have been entertaining the people of York and further afield for 90 years and have played a significant part in the rich musical fabric of the city.

Normal admission charges apply. York residents half price with proof of residency.




The HandleBards Present...

A Midsummer Night's Dream & Hamlet



A Midsummer Night's Dream - Tuesday 28th July 2015

Hamlet - Wednesday 29th July 2015

Doors open (Fossgate entrance only) 6.00pm for 7.00pm Start


Beautifully British and bonkers - for the last two years, the HandleBards, a four-strong, all male troupe of cycling player, have pedalled the length and breadth of the UK perfromaing fast-paced, bicycle-powered Shakespearean productions. Once again they'll be back at the Hall performing A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet.

This summer's tour will is their most adventurous yet - not only will they cycle 1500 miles to play 44 characters between them, they'll also complete the entire escapade off-grid - using dynamos to store cycle-powered energy. They'll be the first carbon-positive touring theatre company on the planet!

In A Midsummer Night's Dream four lovers enter a fairy-filled forest to sort out their entangled relationships. Four amateur performers also enter the forest to rehearse their play. A naughty fairy plays tricks on them all and condusion ensues! Hamlet starts with a ghost appearing to our Danish Prince, who looks remarkably like his father, asking him to avenge its death. Hamlet suspects his uncle of the foul deed. Hamlet debates love, death, deception, family, politics and the meaning of life before the play's thrilling end.

The 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 surroundings of the Hall!



Adult: £10.00, Concessions (Over 60's and Students): £8.00, Children: £4.00

Family (2 adults plus 2 children): £24.00

Tickets are non-refundable and non exchangeable. For more details including purchasing tickets please ring the Hall on 01904 654818.


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