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Coming to York – Shakespeare’s Pop-Up Rose Theatre

We are delighted to announce that Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre will be built in York’s historic city centre in 2018. Four Shakespeare plays directed by Lindsay Posner and Damian Cruden will be performed over a 10 week period.

an artist's impression of the pop-up theatre next to Clifford's Tower.

An artist’s impression of the pop-up theatre next to Clifford’s Tower.

Based on the original designs of the Elizabethan Rose Theatre built in London in 1587, the 13-sided temporary theatre will house an audience of almost a thousand people, with three tiered balconies and an open-air stage. The theatre, which will be the first of its kind in Europe, will stand in a mock Tudor fairground, with themed food and entertainment including free performances from the back of carts.

Damian Cruden, artistic director of the Theatre Royal in York for the last two decades, will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. Lindsay Posner, a multi-award-winning director who has worked extensively in the West End and with the RSC, and whose Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court won two Olivier awards, will direct Richard III and the opening production of Romeo and Juliet.

The season will begin on Monday, June 25, and run until Sunday, September 2, 2018. Ticket prices at Shakespeare’s Rose will range from groundlings standing at £12.50 to seats at £59.95. Booking is now open.