It may not have been built as a theatre but York’s Grand Opera House does an excellent job of being one. The Grade II listed building is North Yorkshire’s biggest fully operational theatre, drawing West End musicals, theatre, comedy, ballet and more to the historic city of York.
Starting life as two separate buildings in the Victorian era – a warehouse and a corn exchange – the Grand Opera House was converted by architect J.P Briggs in a process that took three months and cost £24,000. The building opened as the Grand Opera and Theatre House on 20 January 1902, hosting the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood. After surviving numerous name changes, purpose changes and closures, the 1,028-seater theatre reopened as the Grand Opera House in 1993 and was acquired by the Ambassador Theatre Group in 2009.
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