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Classically trained chef is putting York Theatre Royal hospitality centre stage

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Former chef, wine merchant and hospitality consultant Matt Beevers has vowed to turn York Theatre Royal into a “destination for food and hospitality” following his

appointment as enterprises manager. 

Matt, formerly chef patron at York’s Nineteen Restaurant and Director at Maison Du Vin, will be responsible for the stunning new bistro at the theatre, as well as its cafes, bars and

events, including those held in the luxuriously refurbished De Grey Ballroom – and he says he’s excited about the theatre’s untapped potential. 

“It’s exhilarating to think what can be achieved here,” said Matt, who also headed up the kitchens at two of Robin Hoods Bay’s premier establishments: The Wayfarer Bistro and Victoria Hotel.

“We have some incredible spaces for the community, corporate events and weddings – as well as a thriving restaurant – and I want the theatre to become part of the city and

part of the community, not just through its theatre but as a destination for food and hospitality in its own right.”  

Born and raised in Robin Hood’s Bay, Matt says York Theatre Royal has always held a special place in his heart. 

“I came here every year with my mum and dad when I was a kid to see a pantomime or a play, and it was considered such a treat,” said Matt, who left Yorkshire for France at the age of 18 to

train as a chef. “I never imagined I would one day call it my place of work! 

“As a venue rich in history it has to be treated respectfully but, given its brand new start, York Theatre Royal really is a place where tradition meets modernity, where we can offer a seamless service, fantastic food and memorable events within a quirky space.” 

York Theatre Royal reopened in April 2016 following a £6 million redevelopment. Its foyer was transformed into an open plan café, bistro and bar with new seating areas,

and the main stage was also reconstructed.  


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