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Pop-up Shakespeare theatre in York set to return

The pop-up Rose Theatre hosted performances in a car park in York city centre from June to September this year. Photo: Anthony Robling
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Producers of a temporary Shakespeare theatre in York this summer are seeking permission for the venue to return for the next two years.

Lunchbox Theatrical’s pop-up Rose Theatre, a full-scale replica of the Shakespearean venue of the same name, hosted performances in a car park in York city centre from June to September this year.

An application has been submitted to York City Council for the 950-capacity theatre to return, following the project’s “outstanding success”. The planning application states nearly 80,000 people attended four different plays.

As well as a 2,600 sq metre theatre, the project will also include a variety of food and drink stalls, seatings areas, box offices and outdoor space for performance.

For 2019, construction would take place from May 27 to June 24, with performances to take place from June 25 to September 1. And in 2020, the build would begin on May 25 and the theatre would operate from June 23 to August 30.

The plans state that about 134 shows would be performed each year, with between 75,000 and 90,000 attendees expected.

James Cundall from Lunchbox Theatricals said: “We are incredibly excited to be talking about 2019 and our planning application is already being considered.  We hope to announce before the end of the year.”

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