York’s summer of Shakespeare a dramatic success


Romeo and Juliet have gone their separate ways, and the city has woken from its Midsummer Night's Dream.

But at the end of its first summer in York, the consensus is that Shakespeare's Rose Theatre has been a great success.

The pop-up theatre, inspired by a 16th century playhouse of the same name, was home to four productions of the Bard's masterpieces between June 25 and September 2.

Created by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions on part of Castle Car Park, the theatre came with its own Shakespearean Village, serving food, drink and outdoor entertainment.

When the project was in its planning stages, the York BID was among the organisations consulted. We offered our support for the idea because it was the sort of cultural, family-friendly event that we want to encourage in the city centre.

Later the BID came on board as one of the sponsors, and ran a ticket competition open exclusively to levy-payers.

Clearly the Rose Theatre attracted many people into the city centre – about 78,000 tickets were sold and thousands more visited the village. It was great to be a part of that success story.

And the even better news is – Shakespeare will return! Lunchbox is planning to bring the Rose Theatre back for the next two summers.

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