Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre goes national with second site at Blenheim Palace

Following a hugely successful inaugural season this summer, Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, has today announced a major expansion for 2019 with a 9-week summer residency at the stunning Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from 8 July to 7 September 2019.

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will also return to York from 25 June to 1 September 2019, and both theatres will run simultaneously, performing a total of eight Shakespeare plays.

The 13-sided Elizabethan-style playhouse – complete with an Elizabethan village – will be constructed over a three week period in the glorious grounds of ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, whilst in York the theatre will return to the foot of 13th century Clifford’s Tower.



At both the York and Blenheim Palace sites, the Shakespearean theatres will be constructed using state-of-the-art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber.

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



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

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre and Shakespeare’s Village are produced by Yorkshire-based Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

The Blenheim Palace season is presented in association with Raymond Gubbay Ltd and Blenheim Palace.


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