Grand Opera House (York)

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The Grand Opera House front entrance in 2008.

The Grand Opera House is a theatre in York, England. It is currently operated as part of the Ambassador Theatre Group. It plays host to touring productions of plays, musicals, opera and ballet, one-off performances by comedians, and other theatrical and musical events. The theatre has been designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.[1]



The Grand Opera House was not originally built as a theatre. It was a conversion of two buildings, one a warehouse, the other a corn exchange designed by G. A. Dean in 1868. The architect, Mr J. P. Briggs of London, was commissioned to perform the conversion, which took three months and cost £24,000. The theatre opened as the Grand Theatre and Opera House on 20 January 1902 with a performance of a pantomime (Little Red Riding Hood), starring Florrie Forde.



  1. ^ "Grand Opera House", National Heritage List for England (English Heritage),, retrieved 21 September 2011 

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Coordinates: 53°57′26″N 1°04′55″W / 53.95726°N 1.08186°W / 53.95726; -1.08186