The Mischief Before Christmas Families Appeal

The smell of Autumn is in the air, which means Christmas is just around the corner. We are delighted to be back this winter at York Theatre Royal with our new show, The Mischief Before Christmas, a magical Christmas adventure for 3-7 year olds and their grown ups. It is our third Christmas co production with the Theatre Royal and we cannot wait to spread a little Christmas magic… and a little mischief!

Christmas. A time of magic, family, love, laughter, food and hygge (hygge is a Danish word, which in essence means creating a cosy, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. It is my new favourite word!). This is a show where you snuggle up under blankets and listen to stories, where you go on an adventure filled with magic, mischief and fun. It is about an elf named Frank. It’s about working together, looking after each other and those around us.

We know that for some families in York, Christmas is a very difficult time. A recent article by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says, “While Christmas is seen as a really important time for children, the financial stress this puts on parents is evident and they talked about it as a source of ‘dread’ and ‘stress’.” (Life on a low income in the UK today, 15th July 2016)

To help with this situation State of Play Theatre are teaming up with York Theatre Royal and Joseph Rowntree Foundation to raise enough money to be able to donate 20% of our tickets, a total of 340, to six incredible local charities, all of whom support York families in need. We would like to be able to spread a little Christmas magic by offering these families an opportunity to join us for free on our Christmas adventure here at the theatre.

We need your help to spread a little happiness to families in need this Christmas.Your donation will make a child’s holiday brighter.

If you would like to donate please click here:

  • Just £6 will pay for a child to see the show.
  • A donation of £12 will be pay for an adult to see the show.
  • Every £18 provides a free ticket for a child and their adult.

For many, this will be their first experience at a theatre.

If you are a business and would like to donate you can do so on the above link or by contacting the theatre directly on, or telephone 01904 715460 or call in to the York Theatre Royal box office to make your donation.

A huge thanks to the following organisations for providing Christmas tickets already:
Dean Court Hotel, Yorkshire Vintners, no8, Ask Italian, Cote Brasserie, Stoneacre Ford

The deadline for donations is Friday 28th October, so that we can deliver the tickets to participating charities for distribution. Any amount will be so gratefully received and help us reach our goal of providing 20% of our tickets free to families in need in York.

Thank you so much for your support in helping us spread a little festive joy and kindness throughout our community this Christmas.

Lizzie x