One of Shakespeare’s funniest and most delightful comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a riot of criss-crossed love and feuding fairies, with clod-hopping amateur actors and a magical potion adding to the mayhem.
In Athens, Hermia is in love with Lysander, and Helena is in love with Demetrius. But Hermia’s father insists that his daughter marry Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander decide to elope, confiding in Helena who in turn tells Demetrius, hoping that her honesty will win his heart. That night all four set out into the wood near Athens, where the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, are arguing.
When Oberon decides to resolve matters by using the juice of a magic flower, much confusion, mistaken identity and comedy ensues.
Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre is coming to York next summer, promising a thrilling and unique theatrical experience! Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will combine state-of-the-art scaffolding technology with the historic 13-sided design of a traditional 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’.
Inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse built in 1587, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will sit beside Clifford’s Tower in the heart of historic York. Its intimate environment will connect actors and audience together in ways many people will never have experienced before, providing plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments!
Four of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays will be performed from 25 June to 2 September 2018. Our Oliver Award-winning Artistic Director Damian Cruden and Associate Director Juliet Forster, will be putting their stamp on Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Olivier Award-winner Lindsay Posner from the West End will direct Romeo and Juliet and Richard III
Outside the theatre, Shakespeare’s Village will be a vibrant spectacle, allowing everybody free access to Elizabethan entertainment, including wagon performances, juggling jesters and musicians; the best Yorkshire food and drinks and an ornate Elizabethan garden.
A full performance schedule can be found here.
Shows will go ahead in all weather conditions, and will only be cancelled in extreme situations. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted due to the weather, unless the show is cancelled.
The venue is a three tiered Elizabethan Theatre with 200 cushioned backed seats under cover, and 350 standing places in the Yard which are uncovered. Standing places are directly in front of the stage and as close to the stage as it’s possible to get. Some of the acting happens in the Yard so it’s the place to be! No seat is more than approximately 15 metres from the stage.
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