Nearly 200 actors to appear in production inspired by York's chocolate heritage (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Nearly 200 actors to appear in production inspired by York's chocolate heritage
AN AMBITIOUS production inspired by the stories of York chocolate factory owners and workers during the First World War is to hit the city’s historic streets next month.
Blood and Chocolate is set to be one of the largest productions ever staged in York.
It will have a cast of 180 professional and community actors drawn from the city and elsewhere, along with 600 other community volunteers working on everything from costume-making to photographers who will document the project from beginning to end.
It was written by York’s Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, author of The Railway Children and the York Mystery Plays 2012.
The professional and promenade production will explore the stories of workers and owners of York’s chocolate factories during the First World War, alongside those of young men involved in the conflict.
The audience will be able to follow the story through the city’s streets as well as listen in via headphones to the characters’ conversations.
This week marks the final week of rehearsals before the play takes to the streets.
Blood and Chocolate will have premiere in York from October 3 to October 20. For more information and to book tickets, call the York Theatre Royal Box Office on 01904-623568 or visit www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
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