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Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre

In 2018, an ambitious project to bring Europe's first pop-up Shakespearean theatre to York was proudly realized.
Following the design of the Rose theatre in London at the time of Elisabeth I, a temporary theatre was built. Shakespeare's Rose Theater was built in the spring of 2018 in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill of York Castle.
78,000 spectators visited the theatre that year where Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth were staged.
The initiative was a great success and extended for 2019.

The 3 photos of this post show the construction of the theatre in May 2019.
Unfortunately it was not a success that year and the following press release was issued at the end of the season:

“With much sadness and regret, the Board of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre has announced that the
company has gone into liquidation, having suffered unsustainable losses from its recent seasons in
York and at Blenheim Palace.
In all, eight productions were staged in the 2019 seasons which were greeted with great acclaim by
audiences and critics alike.
Sadly, due to the economic and political uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and the impact this has had
on consumer confidence and spending, the anticipated audience numbers needed to sustain a
project of this scale were not achieved.
In 2018 Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York attracted 78,000 visitors but achieved only 47,000 in
2019. At Blenheim Palace only 38,000 people attended, whereas a figure of 75,000 was anticipated.
To all those who supported Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – thank you.”

In the press also mentioned the less good summer weather and the less attractive lays as the causes of the less successful result.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Construction Rose Theatre – close up ►

■ Picture 2: ◄ Construction Rose Theatre - overview ►

■ Picture 3: ◄ Billboard on fence construction site ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5640 W: 329 N: 10942] (42880)
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