Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York

June 25th - September 2nd 2018

Summer 2018 will see York host Europe's first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre - Shakespeare's Rose Theatre.

Inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse built in 1587, 12 years prior to The Globe, 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".

Four of the most popular Shakespeare plays will be being performed over the course of the run, with two performances per day from:

  • Macbeth
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Richard III

The theatre will also include a surrounding "Shakespeare's Village" attraction, featuring free "wagon" performances, a food court curated by Brian Turner and an Elizabethan garden.

For more information and to buy tickets, see

Travel to Shakespeare's Rose Theatre

Grand Central run trains from Sunderland and London to York, with five services per day in each direction. Prices from London start at just £10.70 when booked in Advance - use the panel to the left to book your train travel to York.