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York’s pop-up Shakespeare theatre gets green light

An artist's impression of the pop-up theatre in York An artist's impression of the pop-up theatre in York
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Plans have been approved for a pop-up Shakespearean theatre in York City Centre.

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions submitted proposals for the 12-sided temporary venue, which is modelled on the 16th-century Rose Theatre, in July.

City of York Council’s executive had previously given its support to the theatre. The project has now been granted planning permission.

It will be Europe’s first full-scale, pop-up replica of a traditional Shakespearean theatre.

Occupying a carpark in the city centre, the theatre will be open from May to September 2018.

Chief executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, said: “We are delighted to have been given planning approval by City of York Council. We now look forward to summer 2018 and showcasing Shakespearean theatre at its best in the heart of York, for locals and visitors alike.

“We will be sharing further details about our season next week.”

York City Council executive leader David Carr said: “We are delighted the Shakespeare pop-up theatre has been granted planning permission as this will be a great boon to York’s cultural attractions.

“We’ve negotiated a fantastic package for York, including affordable tickets and opportunities for our schools, which offers our community the chance to engage in unique Shakespeare productions throughout the summer of 2018.”