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Shakespeare comes to York

Credit: YorkMix
Credit: YorkMix
Credit: YorkMix

Europe’s first ever pop up Shakespearean theatre opened on Monday and will run until the 2nd September 2018. There will be renditions of four notorious plays, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard III inside the temporary Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre. Inspired by the London Rose Playhouse built in 1587, the construction sits on a car park opposite Clifford’s Tower in the city-centre.

The exciting project, set against the perfect medieval backdrop of York, is expected to attract an increased amount of tourists as well as local play-goers throughout its ten-week run. With scaffolding surrounding its 3 tiered balconies, as well as an exterior of iron cladding, its appearance offers a unique modern twist to the Elizabethan theatres erected in Shakespeare’s day. Both Romeo and Juliet and Richard III are expected to adhere to this modern twist, appearing to be set in more recent times, whilst Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will conform to Shakespeare’s intended setting.

It is hoped that the temporary theatre, constructed in just two weeks, will help inspire and bring Shakespearian theatre to new audiences as well as increase tourism throughout the summer period. Councillor David Carr has expressed the aims of the project,

“[it] will build on, and enhance, the city’s reputation as a centre for culture. This is a great example of how we can think differently and take opportunities to use our city’s space differently. We’ve negotiated a fantastic package for York, including quality culture at an affordable price, a massive boost in footfall for our city-centre retailers, and unique opportunities for our schools.”

Not only a theatre, the project boasts a ‘Shakespearian Village’ set in its exterior grounds which is free to access. It offers shows of traditional Elizabethan entertainment such as medieval music and sonnet reading, as well as the chance to indulge in some of Yorkshires best food and drink.


The theatre seats up to 950 with 600 seated and 350 standing, however, tickets are selling fast. You can buy them here with prices ranging from £12.50 for a standing ticket and £29.95 for a seated ticket.