Our Ambassador Griff Rhys Jones Visits Milton Rooms, Malton

A Tea & A Tale with Griff Rhys Jones

Broadcaster, writer and actor Griff Rhys Jones is visiting The Milton Rooms, Malton on the evening of Monday 12th November for a special ‘Tea & A Tale.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) is working with the Milton Rooms to save and restore this beautiful theatre for community benefit and to develop it into a nationally recognised arts venue.

Griff Rhys Jones, as long-standing ambassador for PRT, will visit the project, learn about their plans, meet those involved and be part of an open evening event in which he will give a reading, talk about his experiences of saving historic buildings and take questions and answers from the audience.

Griff is visiting the Milton Rooms as the first stop of a tour around Yorkshire that seeks to encourage communities to get involved in projects and to engage with their local physical environment. He will also be giving a talk at Sheffield University and attending events across the region to promote community-engagement in his capacity as President of the Civic Voice.

The evening will be part of the theatre’s successful ‘Tea & A Tale’ format – a well-known figure from the world of theatre giving a reading of a classic short story. This is a one off and will also be a brilliant opportunity to meet and talk to someone hugely experienced in saving historic sites and working with communities to spur regeneration that retains an area’s individuality and creates new opportunities and possibilities for residents. Griff was instrumental in the saving of Hackney Empire in East London.

Griff has been a supporter of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust for many years. He says: ““The Prince's Regeneration Trust shares my belief that we should be re-using our redundant historic buildings rather than allowing them to decay or be turned into museums. Their project at the Milton Rooms particularly interests me as I am passionate about the role of arts within local communities.”

Griff is ‘hugely looking forward’ to finding out more about the Milton Rooms and meeting members of the local community involved in the project.

Garry Cooper, Co-Artistic Director of the Milton Rooms said: “We are thrilled to welcome Griff Rhys Jones to the Milton Rooms and to our ‘Tea & A Tale’ event. It is a great opportunity for people to sample one of the events we are doing here and to learn more about the future for the Milton Rooms and its place in the regeneration of Malton, Norton and the surrounding area. We are working closely with the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and it is a great pleasure for us to have their ambassador visit us.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust said: “We are of course delighted that our ambassador Griff is taking time to visit this wonderful theatre. He knows only too well the importance of sustaining our rich heritage of theatre, music and literature for all to enjoy. The work of the Trust will help ensure the community continues to have access to high quality arts at a theatre of both national and historic importance..”

Tea & A Tale with Griff Rhys Jones is at 7pm on Monday 12th at Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LX

Event is free and available for all.  


Milton Rooms: A 1930’s theatre in the heart of the historic market town of Malton in Yorkshire.  Attached to it is an earlier building, the Subscription Rooms, which was built in 1814 in an elegant Regency manner.  The buildings are listed and in need of a viable future.  A local group, led by people with extensive experience of film and theatre at a national level, has revived the Milton Rooms but the Subscription Rooms remain largely unused.  The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is closely advising them on developing a project that will put the whole place on a sustainable long-term footing and create a vibrant arts hub for Malton, Ryedale and beyond.  The vision is indeed to make the Milton Rooms a place of national importance, housing a nationally recognised producing theatre and being a leading tour venue attracting the highest calibre of actors and working with the best theatres in the country.  It also aims to foster new talent.  Indeed it is already doing this with its theatre workshops and events such as Tea and a Tale aim to engage local people of all ages in enjoying the written word and the way it can be interpreted through a reading by a well know person.


For Media Enquiries and to book interviews with Griff:

Please get in touch with Penny East 020 3262 0560 penny.east@princes-regeneration.org