THE SPRING season at York Theatre Royal promises to take audiences from the Northern shipyards to the dark criminal underworld with a cast list including Imogen Stubbs, Gwen Taylor, Jimmy Nail, Janie Dee and TV historian Lucy Worsley.

New work is led by the world premiere of The Be All and End All, written by Jonathan Lewis, author of the award-winning play Our Boys, and starring Imogen Stubbs. This contemporary drama of a family torn apart by a hunger for success and fear of failure.

Jonathan Lewis is also author of Solider On, which explores what happens as a company of ex-soldiers becomes a company of actors rehearsing a play about a company of veterans and actors.

Continuing the military theme, six Falklands/Malvinas war veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield face each other across a stage in Minefield. In Lola Arias’ play they share memories, films, songs and photos as they recall their collective war and embody the political figures that led them into it.

The Youth Theatre presents Legacy written by Paul Birch and directed by Kate Veysey. The cast will be a mix of youth theatre actors and senior actors drawn from the community.

Gwen Taylor, star of Barbara and Duty Free, takes on the iconic role of Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest She was last seen at York Theatre Royal in the thriller Night Must Fall. Thomas Howes and Susan Penhaligon also feature in the cast of this Original Theatre Company production.

A new adaptation of Whisky Galoreis a tribute to the feisty, fearless all-female touring companies of the post-war years.

The UK premiere tour of Sting’s personal, political and passionate musical The Last Ship sails to York with a cast led by Auf Wiedersehen Pet star Jimmy Nail.

Lucy Worsley: Jane Austen At Home features the ‘undisputed Queen of TV history’ and her new biography taking a new look at the writer’s life from the perspective of her bi-centenary, telling the story through the rooms, spaces, possessions and places which mattered to her.

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