Ripon Theatre Festival

Photo of an actor playing John Sinkler a poacher, wearing Victorian clothes standing trial in a courtroom.

Ripon is alive with theatre this July

The team behind Jubilee at the Workhouse are back bringing history to life once again for the Ripon Theatre Festival.

Join us on July 6th for a journey back into Victorian Ripon, where the tales of rogues and roughens will come to life before your eyes.

To celebrate Ripon Theatre Week we have a programme of events throughout the day at our museums..

We are delighted to be working with Mark Cronfield and the Fell-foss theatre company  once again. Our FREE and ticketed performances dive into Ripon’s history and give audiences the opportunity to be fully involved.

A playful game of Snakes & Ladders on the lawn will challenge players to think about life in Victorian Ripon. Stories on the Minister Gardens will bring those who lived and worked in the justice system to life whilst the re-enactment of the John Sinkler trial at the Victorian Courthouse will explore his exploits and see justice served.

Our museums are not just a collection of objects. They are rooted in the stories of real people which we are excited to share.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to step into the past. Join us on Saturday, July 6th for an unforgettable day of live theatre performances.

What can you see and do?

Workhouse Museum front lawn
FREE Giant Snakes and Ladders
1100 – 1230 and 1300 – 1500

Minster Garden / Kirkgate Park
FREE Live story performances and Sedan Chair stories of Ripon’s rogues and vagabonds from yester year
1100 – 1200 and 1300 – 1400

Ripon Courthouse Museum
LIVE Theatre performance of The Trial of John Sinkler
BOOK HERE 1400 – 1500 £4 per person

We can’t wait to welcome you 6th July and we can’t wait to celebrate Ripon Theatre Festival with you!

For more information about the other amazing performances see the full Ripon Theatre Festival programme.

Read more about John Sinkler and uncover the truth behind the rogue poacher turned criminal. 

Ripon Theatre festival logo 2024 in colour


You are invited to buy tickets in advance for the Trial of John Sinkler at the Courthouse but the other performances can be drop in. 

The performances are all family friendly.

The Workhouse lawn and Minster Gardens are beautiful open spaces and suitable for a pram or stroller. The Workhouse is a more intimate space and you will be sitting on wooden benches for the performance. 

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