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News release - Issued by Lunchbox Productions

New seasonal theatre to stage Shakespeare’s greatest works from 2018

A thrilling and unique theatrical experience will be brought to the north of England in 2018, when Europe’s first ever temporary Shakespearean Theatre will be constructed.

SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will house an audience of almost a thousand people, positioned across an open-roofed yard and three tiered balconies. Inspired by the original and legendary Rose Theatre in London, which was built in 1587, this new Elizabethan-style theatre will sit beside the iconic, 13th Century Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the historic city of York.

Four of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays, across the genres, will be performed in repertory in the inaugural, 10-week season in Summer 2018:
• A tragedy – Macbeth
• A comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• A tragic love story – Romeo & Juliet
• A history – Richard III

The season will begin on Friday 22 June and run through until Sunday 2 September 2018.

The intimate environment, as in Shakespeare’s day, will immerse the audience in the action on stage, making the experience an interactive one. Most audience members will be within 15m of the action.

Originator of the project and CEO of international theatre company, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall said “As a proud Yorkshireman, I am truly excited to be creating this venue in the heart of York. It’s hoped that it will excite both locals and tourists and create a new legacy for the city. The performances will be innovative and fun and will showcase heritage theatre at its best. It is our aim to get as many children from the region to see four of Shakespeare’s greatest titles probably for the very first time.”

Steve Brown, Managing Director of Make It York said “York already has a brilliant programme of events and festivals lined up for 2018 and this adds another world class dimension. It will appeal to both residents and visitors from all over the world and it’s a massive coup for the city that this fabulous opportunity has been landed. Lunchbox Theatrical Productions have been single-minded and determined to bring SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE to York and I’m sure everyone will support it to the hilt.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “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!”

The original Rose Theatre was built in 1587 on the south bank of the River Thames in London. It was a slightly irregular 14-sided structure made of timber, with plaster exterior and a thatched roof, open in the centre to the elements. The success of The Rose Theatre paved the way for other theatres to be built in the area, including The Swan in 1595, The Globe Theatre in 1599 and The Fortune in 1600.

SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will be created and managed by Yorkshire-based Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. The event is subject to planning consent by the City of York Council.



Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, founded in 1992 by James Cundall, has established an unrivalled reputation for producing top quality international entertainment in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines, Europe and South Africa.

Producing West End and Broadway musicals, plays, boutique shows, spectaculars, concerts, children’s shows, ice shows and events across five continents, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions sells over one million visitor experiences per year.

In addition, from the company’s UK headquarters, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has been delivering events in the York region for over 13 years. This includes the award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, The Imperial Ice Stars at Castle Howard, THOR’S tipi bar in York, Leeds and Sheffield, and the Vintage Fun Fair in York City Centre.

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