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About York

York is an historic walled city located in North Yorkshire. The city lies at the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss and is in the Vale of York, a flat area of fertile land bordered by the Pennines, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds. York is dominated by its cathedral, York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. The present building was begun in about 1230 and completed in 1472. In addition to York Minster the city has many historic attractions, cultural and sporting events, which makes it a very popular visitor destination.

In the 19th century the city became a hub of the national railway network in the United Kingdom and a centre for the manufacture of confectionary, although modern York's economy is largely based on the service sector and tourism.

The Theatre Royal, which was established in 1744, produces an annual pantomime which attracts loyal audiences from around the country to see its veteran star, Berwick Kaler. The Grand Opera House and Joseph Rowntree Theatre also offer a variety of productions. The city is also home to the Riding Lights Theatre Company, which as well as operating a busy national touring department, also operates a busy youth theatre and educational departments.

About Cambridge

Cambridge is located about 50 miles to the north east of London and lies in an area of level and relatively low lying terrain to the south of the Fens, which is a naturally marshy area in Eastern England which are between 6 and 24 meters above sea level. These wetlands originally surrounded Cambridge but were drained as Cambridge expanded. The city lies on the banks of the River Cam and is also bordered by water meadow such as Sheep's Green. The city takes its name from the River Cam.

The city's principle theatre is the Arts Centre which has 666 seats and is located in the city centre. The theatre often puts on touring shows along with productions by local theatre companies. The largest venue in the city is the Cambridge Corn Exchange which has a capacity of 1,800 standing or 1,200 seated. The venue is regularly hosts theatre, dance and music performances. Cambridge's newest theatre is the 220 seat J2, which is part of Cambridge Junction. The ADC Theatre is managed by the University of Cambridge, and typically has 3 shows a week during term time. It hosts the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club which has produced many notable figures in British comedy.