York International Shakespeare festival 2019 is here! Visit the pop-up Dogrose (the beer and gin is optional!)

This year’s York International Shakespeare Festival has a new venue: the pop-up Dogrose  Theatre at Sir Thomas Middleton House, which you’ll find between the Golden Fleece pub and York Gin at 14 Pavement. The space is co-ordinated by Tom Strazewski, of The York Mystery Plays. Tom is directing The Alchemist and the Battle of the Bard as well. Gin is served!

BRONZEHEAD-Alchemist-May-2019-Image-Jess-Murray-Claire-Morley-300x218This is turning out to be a lively, alternative festival space. It has already seen Boris Johnson turned into a tragi-comic hero in the satirical Boris Rex by Falling Sparrow Theatre Company on Sunday and a props and story-telling Midsummer Night’s Dream for pre-schoolers by Miss Trout this Monday morning.

The Dogrose continues with Bronzehead’s hilarious take on Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist (but that’s not Shakespeare, the purists cry!): Mon 13th, Tues 14th, Weds 15th, 8pm evening performances; matinee on Sun 12th. Book your tickets here.

If music is your thing, drop in on the Buds of May Be who will be performing throughout the day on Thurs 16th at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. Just turn up and pay what you feel (£0/£3/£5/£8).

For other shows throughout the week at the Dogrose, see also:

The Winter’s Tale  by student company Open barn, 8pm on Fri 17th, 3pm on Sat 18th. Book tickets here.

Into The Breach a one man show set in World War II, suitable for all ages, at 8pm on Sat 18th. Tickets available here.

Battle of the Bard (knock-out tournament/end of festival party!) 8pm, Sunday 19th. Just turn up and pay what you feel (£0/£3/£5/£8).

Tickets for the York International Shakespeare Festival, at venues across York, available from The York Theatre Royal

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