The York International Shakespeare Festival (YorkShakes) is a major new cultural venture for York and for the North. It emerges from a productive and ambitious partnership between the York Theatre Royal, the University of York and Parrabbola, drawing in many other city, regional, national and international partners.
As a member of the prestigious European Shakespeare Festivals Network, the York International Shakespeare Festival has good access to various forms of international exchange with other Shakespeare festivals across Europe (including Gdansk, Elsinore and Barcelona).
YorkShakes17 ran from 15 to 20 May 2017.
YorkShakes launched in May 2015 for the first of its Spring festivals that run in alternate years.
YorkShakes19 will run from 11 to 20 May 2019.
An exciting range of Shakespeare productions. Information and booking
A programme of free talks and workshops from top Shakespeareans. Information and booking
Across festival week, the work of our inaugural artist-in-residence for the festival, Lynne O’Dowd, will be on display in York Theatre Royal. Find out more.
Academics and students from the Humanities Research Centre will be running free schools workshops for Yr 9 pupils and Yr 12 students from across Yorkshire.