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What’s said to be Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre will make its debut in the historic city of York this summer.

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will host a ‘summer of Shakespeare’, with tickets on sale now for four major productions: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III.

The season, running from 25th June until 2nd September, will be performed in repertory by two companies of actors.

Romeo and Juliet and Richard III will be directed by the West End’s Lindsay Posner, while York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning artistic director Damian Cruden will direct Macbeth, with associate director Juliet Forster putting her stamp on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

About the pop-up theatre

Situated beside the iconic York landmark of Clifford’s Tower, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will combine ‘state-of-the-art scaffolding technology’, corrugated iron and timber with the historic 13-sided design of a 16th century Shakespearean theatre. 

It will house an audience of 950, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard and standing room for 350 ‘groundlings’.

Originator of the project and CEO of international theatre company, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall said: “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.”

Visit Shakespeare’s Village

Groups will also be able to enjoy free entry to Shakespeare’s Village which will offer the best of Yorkshire’s food and drink as well as ‘wagon’ entertainment, an Elizabethan-style garden and much more.

Yorkshire-born celebrity chef and food ambassador for the Village, Brian Turner (Ready Steady Cook, Saturday Kitchen, A Taste of Britain), is creating a special street food menu with leading Yorkshire street food vendors.

In addition there will be locally-made ice cream and a fully licensed bar, all housed in traditional oak-framed and reed-thatched buildings.

Group booking information

For group bookings, call Ticketmaster on 0844-844 2121 or e-mail

For the full performance schedule and ticket prices visit