For 10 weeks, York will be home to Shakespeare's Rose Theatre and you could win two VIP tickets.

Be one of the very first people through the doors of the newly launched Shakespeare's Rose Theatre plus have a VIP experience including food & drink and VIP seats!

Shakespeare Rose Theatre York

More than 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, crowded in close to the actors and the action, in a small theatre in the bustling city of London.  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.

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

The Plays

Four of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays, across the genres, will be performed in repertory by two companies of actors during the 10-week season, from Monday 25th June until Sunday 2nd September 2018:

  • A tragedy – Macbeth
  • A comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • A tragic love story – Romeo and Juliet
  • A history – Richard III

Traditional in conception, yet fresh and fun in delivery, Romeo And Juliet and Richard III will be directed by the West End’s renowned Lindsay Posner, while York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning Artistic Director Damian Cruden will direct Macbeth and Associate Director Juliet Forster will put her stamp on a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

With dramatic sword-fights, bubbling cauldrons, wayward fairies, passionate love scenes, gruesome murders, grand poetry and no shortage of fake blood, audiences will experience the comic heights and tragic depths of Shakespearean theatre in a memorable setting.

Outside the theatre, Shakespeare’s Village will showcase the best of Yorkshire’s food and drink, with free wagon performances and other forms of Elizabethan entertainment, as well as a traditional Elizabethan garden. Access to Shakespeare's Village will be free of charge.

The Prize

The winner will receive two VIP tickets to the opening performance of Macbeth at 2.30pm on Monday 25 June. Be sure to read the full terms and conditions below.

How to enter

To enter, fill in your name and email address below and answer the question (the answer is written above somewhere!). Once you have answered the question, you'll have a chance to get additional entries to the competition by engaging with us on social media.

Win VIP Tickets to the First Showing of Macbeth


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