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Pop-Up Shakespeare could give York a £7m boost

August 23, 2017 2:41 PM

An artist's impression of the proposed Rose Theatre

York's Castle Car Park could play host to a summer of Shakespeare if plans are approved by senior councillors next week (Thursday 31 August).

The council's Executive will be asked to approve plans to host Europe's first full-scale working pop-up replica of a traditional Shakespearean Theatre between May and September next year.

The 12-sided 'pop-up' theatre will transport around 100,000 theatregoers back to the late 16th Century - bringing in an estimated £7m to the local economy in the process.

The council has negotiated a package with Lunchbox Theatrical productions which will include educational opportunities, an area to showcase local food and drink, and compensation for the temporary loss of parking.

Under the educational offer, schools in York will be offered material for lessons, discounted tickets and pre-show talks with cast and crew.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

"This is great news for York, and not just for the £7m boost for the local economy.

"Residents will get a chance to see traditional Shakespearean drama in Europe's first pop-up replica 16th century theatre. We have also negotiated unique educational opportunities for children and young people."

The theatre would occupy 135 of the car park's 318 places, for which the council will be reimbursed £197,308.

There are additional parking spaces in this area of the city to accommodate the cars unable to park at Castle, such as St George's Field, while the council is considering extending the opening of Piccadilly car park into the evening to cater for theatregoers.

If approved, the proposal is still subject to planning permission.