Planning permission is being sought to build a Viking-themed immersive theatre in a car park in York city centre.
The project would consist of a great hall and a courtyard theatre, and together would create a space for immersive performances with a capacity of 100.
Additionally, the plans include a Viking-themed village with food and drink outlets as well as an outdoor stage for demonstrations by local actors or for craft displays, a box office and the potential for a craft and skills market.
In total, the pop-up installation would be around 1,160 sq metres, and the theatre could show several hour-long shows per day, with tickets priced at about £30.
According to the plans, the project has the potential to attract 44,800 patrons over the 11-week performance period.
Running from February 8 to May 1 next year, the project would be located in Castle Car Park in York City Centre.
This is the same car park where Lunchbox Theatrical Productions ran a pop-up Shakespeare theatre this summer.
Lunchbox Theatrical has applied to bring back Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre for two more years during the summer months, with the plans recently approved by the council’s executive and set to go before a full planning committee in November.
A new company called Bifrost Entertainment is behind the plans. The company consists of set and prop-builder Christian Turford, Liam Turford, who manages bars and entertainment venues, and scriptwriter Natasha Turford.
Christian Turford said: “As a company we are history nerds, we aim to provide educational entertainment.
“This experience is for adults – it will be gory and realistic. It’s immersive theatre and our whole ethos is that you become history, you will become a Viking.”
Bifrost Entertainment will be working with Fat Rascal Theatre on the writing of the show and the casting.
Open auditions are being held for the production on November 18 at the Friargate Theatre in York.