The Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will arrive at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on 8th July.

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre

The Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, said to be Europe’s first pop-up Shakespearean Theatre, will arrive at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on 8th July 2019.

The pop-up venue will then be in place until 7th September and will see productions of Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream played throughout the summer.

The Blenheim transfer follows a successful inaugural season in York this year at the foot of Clifford’s Tower, where it is set to return to between 25th June to 1st September 2019.

The expansion will see two Shakespeare’s Rose Theatres running simultaneously in York and at Blenheim Palace next year, performing eight of Shakespeare’s play across the venues.

Experience Shakespeare’s popular plays at Blenheim Palace

The 13-sided Elizabethan-style Shakespearean theatre will be constructed over a three week period and will be located adjacent to the 18th century Palace.

Inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse, built in 1587, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will house an audience of 900, with 560 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard, with standing room for 340.

The theatre will be located within a Shakespearean village, intended to bring an authentic Elizabethan feel and theatricality to the event.

The village will feature wagon performances of Elizabethan-style entertainment, including comic mini-plays and Medieval musicians. There will also be food and drinks options, housed in oak-framed and reed-thatched buildings, and an Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of vegetables, cottage flowers and herbs.

Originator of the project and CEO of international theatre company, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, said: “We had such a wonderful response from our 80,000 visitors in York over the summer and an overwhelming number of requests to return – so we are thrilled to be coming back to York, from 25th June – 1st September, with a new repertoire of plays: Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, and our expansion to the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace will enable us to bring this unique immersive experience of Shakespeare to an even wider audience.”

Full details of the creative team and cast for the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre company will be announced in due course.

Group bookings

Groups of ten or more can receive 10% off, while groups of 20 or more can receive 20% off premium, A and B reserve tickets. A further 5% discount will be applied for tickets bought and paid for by 28th February 2019.

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