‘Shakespeare Would Recognise This Theatre… Except The Scaffolding’




By Ian Youngs in BBC News.


When Shakespeare wrote about the winter of our discontent being “made glorious summer by this sun of York”, he wasn’t worrying about the city’s weather.

But 300 “groundlings”, who will watch plays in a roofless replica Elizabethan theatre in the city this summer, will hope “this sun of York” shines on them.

Shakespeare’s Rose, which opens on Monday and has cost £3m, is Europe’s first “pop-up” Shakespearean theatre.

The Bard “would totally recognise it”, according to producer James Cundall.

The temporary theatre has been built in a car park in 28 days to a circular design, similar to those erected on Bankside in Shakespeare’s day.


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