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Pop-up Shakespeare theatre launches second venue at Blenheim Palace

Colour illustration of the pop-up Shakespeare theatre at Blenheim Palace Colour illustration of the pop-up Shakespeare theatre at Blenheim Palace
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A pop-up Shakespearean theatre that launched in York is to open a second venue in the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre launched in York last year, and last week announced it has been granted to permission to return to the city for the next two years.

Now, a second pop-up theatre will open in Blenheim Palace, running this summer with four Shakespeare plays produced there.

It will be based at Blenheim Palace from July 8 to September 7, with the York theatre operating between June 25 and September 1.

The theatres are run by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Chief executive James Cundall said: “We had such a wonderful response from our 80,000 visitors in York over the summer and an overwhelming number of requests to return – so not only are we thrilled to be coming back to York in 2019, but our expansion to the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace will enable us to bring this unique immersive experience of Shakespeare to an even wider audience.”

Both theatres are inspired by the London Rose Playhouse built in 1587, 12 years prior to the Globe. Each will house an audience of 900.

In addition, the theatres will be located within a “Shakespearean village”, which Lunchbox Theatrical Productions said would bring “an authentic Elizabethan ambience and theatricality to the event”.

The Blenheim Palace venue will stage Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.

The Blenheim Palace season is co-presented by Raymond Gubbay Ltd.