This is Europe’s first ever pop up Shakespearean theatre and it’s only open for 100 days.
Inspired by the London Rose Playhouse built in 1587, 12 years before The Globe, the theatre combines state of the art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber with the iconic 13 sided design of a 16th century Shakespearean theatre.
It will house an audience of 950, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open roofed courtyard, with standing room for 350.
Four of Shakespeare’s classics will be performed by two companies over a ten week summer season, including Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.
Candice Robertshaw from the Helmsley Group says: “We wanted to help to make sure this amazing theatre made it to York. The project is testament to the city’s cultural heritage and we’re looking forward to seeing it come to life this Summer.”