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Pop-up Shakespeare theatre in York wins planning permission for next two years

Cast members Dyfan Dwyfor, Alexandra Dowling and Alexander Vlahos with producer James Cundall of Lunchbox Theatrical productions, at the media launch for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre 2018
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A pop-up Shakespearean theatre has been granted planning permission to return to York for the next two years running, as it announces a summer 2019 season.

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, created by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, first ran in a car park in York this summer, hosting productions of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III.

Now the theatre has been granted permission by York City Council to return to the same spot for the next two summers.

It has announced four productions for its summer 2019 season; Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, which will be performed in repertory between June 25 and September 1.

Full details of the cast and creative team for the productions are yet to be announced.

Chief executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, said: “I am absolutely delighted City of York Council have formally approved our plans to bring back Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre to Castle Car Park for 2019 as well as 2020.

“We had a wonderful response from our 80,000 visitors over the summer and an overwhelming number of requests to return, so now preparations are in full swing for our four new productions. We are delighted to play a part in the fabric of York and offer something different for both residents and visitors.”

The theatre will sit within a free-to-enter Shakespearean village, which will host mini-performance and food and drink stalls.

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