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To Be Or Not To Be? Discover Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York this summer ... 
 
The historic city of York will host Europe’s first ever ‘pop-up’ Shakespearean theatre this summer (25th June to 2nd September). 
 
Over four centuries ago, audiences enjoyed the experience and excitement of William Shakespeare’s plays close at hand. This playwright went on to change the world of theatre forever. 
 
The theatrical stage during Shakespeare’s time was very different to today’s offering. Back then, watching a play was a crowded affair in a small space that placed the audience very close to the action. 
 
Whether you are a fan of Shakespeare or have maybe avoided his works as they seem difficult, then prepared to be wowed by the Shakespeare Rose Theatre next to York’s 13th century Clifford’s Tower in the very heart of the city. 
 
The pop up theatre is inspired by the London Rose Playhouse, built in 1587, twelve years before the world famous Globe Theatre. As well as referring back to the experience audiences would have had 400 years ago, York’s Rose Theatre will combine cutting edge scaffolding technology, included corrugated iron and timber in the 13-sided construction and will seat up to 950 guests. 
 
 
 
The theatre will accommodate 600-seated guests on three tiered balconies surrounding an open-roofed courtyard, while there is standing room for the remaining 350 guests who were known as ‘groundlings’ in Shakespearean jargon! 
 
In case you’re wondering which of Shakespeare’s plays will be performed, four of his most celebrated ones have been selected from a number of genres. These include Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III. The plays will be performed by two companies in repertory for the duration of the summer. Romeo and Juliet and Richard III will be directed by Lindsay Posner (of West End fame) while York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director and Assistant Director Juliet Forster will direct Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 
 
Those who book the seats will be no more than 15ft from the action, so it will be an in-your-face, action-packed experience. And outside the theatre, discover Shakespeare’s Village, showcasing local food and drink with free wagon performances and other Elizabethan-inspired entertainment. 
Yorkshire-born celebrity chef Brian Turner has helped create some tasty dishes using Yorkshire fare along with a fully licensed bar house in oak-framed and reed thatched buildings. 
 
There will be an Elizabethan garden including fragrant flowers and herbs, while prepare to be educated by a selection of fascinating display boards including details of Clifford’s Tower, Castle Museum and grisly hangings! 
 
 
And if you book your tickets, be sure to give us a call so you can book a taxi. Make it a memorable night out with friends or family and get there and back in the comfort of one of our vehicles. 
 
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