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Lindsay Posner and Damian Cruden to direct plays in new pop-up Shakespeare theatre

Lindsay Posner, James Cundall and Damien Cruden at the launch of Shakespeare's Rose Theatre in York
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York’s new pop-up Shakespearean theatre has officially launched and announced its 2018 season.

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre is Europe’s first full-scale, pop-up replica of a Shakespearean theatre, and received full planning permission from the council earlier this month.

Once open next summer, it will show four Shakespeare plays: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.

Lindsay Posner, whose credits include the double Olivier award-winning Death and the Maiden, is to direct both Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.

Meanwhile, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be directed by Damien Cruden, artistic director of York Theatre Royal.

The summer season will run from June 25 to September 2 next year.

Additional events will run alongside the programme, including Shakespeare’s Village, a free theatrical experience featuring Elizabethan entertainment such as juggling jesters and musicians, food and drink and an Elizabethan garden.

Councillor David Carr, leader of City of York Council, said: “It is a major coup to attract such a quality cultural attraction to York. The presence of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre here will build on, and enhance, the city’s reputation as a centre for culture.”