York is set to host Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre.

The Shakespeare Rose Theatre was given the go-ahead by the City of York Council. A unique summer of Shakespeare has been promised for the historic city next year.

Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, across the genres, will be performed in repertory by two companies of actors during the 10-week season in Summer 2018:

  • A tragedy – Macbeth

  • A comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • A tragic love story – Romeo and Juliet

  • A history – Richard III

Inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse, which was built 12 years prior to The Globe, the Shakespeare Rose will feature the historic 13-sided design of a 16th Century Shakespearean theatre.


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The season will begin on Monday 25 June and run through until 2 September 2018.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Shakespeare will be coming to Yorkshire next year with this exciting theatre project. It couldn’t be better placed than in our wonderful historic city of York. “I’m sure it will open Shakespeare up to a whole new audience of young and old alike and will draw in many more visitors to enjoy everything the city and its surrounds have to offer, as well as prove a huge boost to the local economy. We can’t wait to experience it!”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

Tickets for four of Shakespeare’s greatest works go on sale todaythrough York Theatre Royal.