• Richard III

Event Details

Fri 29 Jun - Sat 01 Sep

Time: 2:30pm & 7:30pm (selected performances)

Running Time: 3 hours 15 mins (including interval)

Venue: Shakespeare's Rose Theatre

Ticket Information: £65.95* - £13.75*

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Producer: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Ltd

Writer: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Lindsay Posner

Richard III

Due to the theatre’s shape and the width of the stage, from certain seats the view of the stage may at times be impinged upon by the metalwork structure of the theatre

Please note refunds will not be given in adverse weather conditions unless the performance is cancelled.

Of particular significance to the historic city of York, Shakespeare’s Richard III has contributed influentially to Richard’s reputation as one of the most colourful villains in British history. Shakespeare portrays Richard as more intelligent and more engaging than any other character in the play – a gleeful and treacherous villain murdering his way mercilessly to the crown before facing his own demons the night before the Battle of Bosworth.

The Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III) has his eyes firmly fixed on the crown, and will stop at nothing to achieve his aim. He conducts a strikingly audacious love suit – wooing the woman whose husband and father-in- law he has murdered - and one by one eliminates the obstacles that stand between him and the throne. Having arranged to have his two young nephews murdered in the Tower of London, he is finally crowned King.

But his tyranny does not go unopposed. The Earl of Richmond arrives from France to challenge him at Bosworth Field. The night before the battle, the ghosts of all Richard’s victims appear to him in a dream, cursing him and praying for Richmond to be victorious. The following morning Richard is killed, and Richmond assumes the throne, promising a new era of peace for England by uniting the warring Houses of Lancaster and York into the new Tudor dynasty.

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.  

Multiple show discounts: 

  • Buy tickets for 2 shows and enjoy 5% discount     (Top 3 price bands only)
  • Buy tickets for 3 shows and enjoy 10% discount   (Top 3 price bands only)
  • But tickets for 4 shows and enjoy 15% discount    (Top 3 price bands only)

Groups: Groups of 10+ receive 10% discount in VIP, A and B price bands only

BSL Performance Wednesday 25th July at 2.30pm - Please contact Box Office for more details on (01904) 623568.

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The face value of the ticket is set by the event organiser. The ticket cost is the face value plus a 10% booking fee that contributes towards the costs of running our Box Office. 
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