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York International Shakespeare Festival

Posted on 8 May 2017

Celebrate the international appeal of Shakespeare with the free talks, workshops and productions happening across campus and in town 15-21 May 2017.

York International Shakespeare Festival, 15-21 May 2017,

The University has joined together with the York Theatre Royal, Parrabbola and other partners, to bring you the York International Shakespeare Festival.

The festival is a member of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network, allowing for exciting international exchange.

Performances and events

There will be a variety of Shakespearean performances and explorations of the Bard's work across the city, including:

  • Henry IV: A Pub Wake, Join Falstaff, Hal and the regulars at the Boar's Head Tavern to raise a glass to the dear departed - 7.30pm, Sunday 14 May to Thursday 18 May, Eagle and Child
  • Lear, Shakespeare's classic play reimagined by DramaSoc - 7.30pm, Friday 19 May, St Olave's Church/Drama Barn
  • Throne of Blood, Kurosawa's powerful adaptation of Macbeth, where the samurai warlord Washizu murders his way to power at the urging of his wife - 5.45pm, Friday 19 May, City Screen
  • William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged), Reduced Shakespeare Company - 7.30pm, Saturday 20 May Grand Opera House
  • Macbeth, pre-release screening of Kit Monkman's new adaptation - 7.45pm, Saturday 20 May, Holbeck Cinema, Department of Theatre, Film and Television

For full details of these and all other shows and to book tickets, please see the full programme of performances.

Public Talks

Bloody, Bold and Resolute. Saturday 20 May 2017, 1.15pm-6.15pm.

Along with a range of productions, there will also be talks, many arranged prior to screenings and performances to enhance your enjoyment: 


Whether you're new to Shakespeare or have long enjoyed his works, this diverse and accessible selection of events has much to offer.

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