Europe’s First Ever Pop-Up Shakespearean Theatre Arrives

By Lottie Woodrow |
21st July 2019

Knock, knock! Who’s there?

Only Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre arriving at Blenheim Palace! While nothing will beat how dreamy Leo looked as Romeo back in the film remake, we’re certainly excited to be transported back to the Elizabethan period at the Rose Theatre, even if for a few hours. We’ve got a pack of tissues ready ‘cos we’re gonna be weeping by the end of Romeo and Juliet!

Love him or hate him, we’ve all been captivated in a three hour production of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Whether it was the Baz Luhrmann remake, or a dodgy school reenactment of Hamlet, we’ve all been engrossed by one of his works. And now you can again, until September 7th, you’ll be transported to the intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, filled with breath-taking, rip-roaring and heart-wrenching moments waiting to be unveiled.

There’s four spectacular performances at the Rose Theatre to choose from. If you’re a fan of a dark tragedy populated by witches, Macbeth is the one for you as you uncover the haunting tale of over-reaching ambition, a torturous marriage and a kingdom that’s about to come crashing down. Or opt for the lighthearted comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and follow as four lovers set out into the woods, where mythical fairies lie.

Witness two worlds collide as two star-crossed lovers marry in secret away from their long-standing family feud in Romeo and Juliet, or uncover the story being King Richard III’s turbulent short reign of the throne in Shakespeare’s Richard III.

And what about thy stomach? Will that be fulfilled?

Fear not fellow Shakespearean’s, surrounding the theatre you’ll find Shakespeare’s Village filled with food wagons awaiting your theatrical entrance. You’ll find sexed-up hotdogs, aged shorthorn beef burgers with fine feast sauce, and dirty fries lavishly slathered with cheese, jalapeños, BBQ beef brisket and sour cream – oh my, is your mouth watering yet?

In the village, you’ll be engulfed by the historic atmosphere as you pass medieval minstrels, wagon entertainment and sonnet recitals.

Tickets include access to Shakespeare’s village and your selected Rose Theatre performance, or if you’re looking to explore Blenheim Palace and the Formal Gardens as well, there’s a combined ticket available too. Just don’t forget your finest Elizabethan ruff!

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre runs until September 7th at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, www.blenheimpalace.com

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