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Shakespeare’s Rose wins three prestigious tourism awards


As it makes a triumphant return to York at the foot of historic Clifford’s Tower, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre has been honoured with three awards at the prestigious Visit York Tourism Awards 2019, with producer and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and founder of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, James Cundall MBE, receiving the distinguished Tourism Champion award, and the theatre winning in the categories Innovation in Tourism, and Newcomer of the Year.

The York season of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre has now begun and runs until Sunday 1 September 2019, with four new productions: Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night.

James Cundall MBE said “I am personally overwhelmed to be acknowledged for my company’s contribution to the tourism industry in York and to receive two further awards, including innovation, is superb.  We have strived hard to bring new ideas to this glorious city for nearly 15 years now, and we are thrilled that so many people enjoyed the theatre last year.  We hope to welcome everyone back and encourage those who haven’t yet experienced the event to see a show in this historic setting or just enjoy a drink and some food in our free to enter village.”

The previously announced cast for York includes Maggie Bain (Netflix’s Black Mirror, The End of the F***ing World, film Dark Sense and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe) as ‘Henry V’; ITV’s Victoria star David Oakes as ‘Hamlet’; Sam Callis (Game of Thrones, The Bill) as ‘Prospero’ in The Tempest; and returning from last year’s SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE,  Olivia Onyehara as ‘Viola’, Mark Holgate as ‘Orsino’, and Leandra Ashton as ‘Olivia’ in Twelfth Night.

All four productions at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre York are now underway. 2pm and 7.30pm performances daily until 1st September.