Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre is coming to York
25th June - 2nd September 2018
More than 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, crowded in close to the actors and the action, in a small theatre in the bustling city of London. In Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre an experience every bit as exciting, intimate and immersive will be offered to today's audiences in a dramatic playhouse setting beside the iconic 13th century Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the historic city of York.
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will commence construction in June 2018.
“As a Yorkshire-born actress who has had the privilege of performing many Shakespearean roles, I am so excited that Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre is coming to York.”
- Dame Penelope Wilton
“Thrilled to hear the news about Shakespeare's Rose Theatre coming to York. Growing up near York, you quickly appreciate how special and atmospheric the city is.”
- James Norton
Four of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays will be performed in repertory over the 10-week summer season: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.
Traditional in conception, yet fresh and fun in delivery, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III will be directed by the West End’s renowned Lindsay Posner, while York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning Artistic Director Damian Cruden and Associate Director Juliet Forster will be putting their stamp on Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre is a temporary structure and is open to the elements with no air-conditioning or heating, so please dress appropriately. Umbrellas will not be permitted as this will impede the view of other patrons.