This summer sees Europe’s first pop-up Shakespeare theatre. There are are only two venues in the country: York and Blenheim Palace.
Throughout the summer there will be performances of four William Shakespeare’s plays: Macbeth, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer NIght’s Dream.
Within the quadrangle there is an authentic Shakespearean village with some entertainment and food and drink. Access to the village is free so if you don’t want to see a play or perhaps have younger children with you can still enjoy a bit of the atmosphere.
Tickets can be booked online https://www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/shakespearesrt/ or on-site in Shakespeare’s Village from 11.00 – 21.00 (No ticket is required to enter the village). You can choose to buy just a theatre ticket or one which includes Blenheim Palace and Gardens. If you choose a combination ticket you can convert this to a free annual pass for further visits to Blenheim Palace and Gardens. Theatre only tickets start at £15 for Groundlings. Groundlings are standing tickets (no sitting allowed) and might be for you if you can stand for three hours. The benefit if being a Groundling is that you will become part of the action as the actors move amongst the crowd at the front. More comfort in the form of a seat starts around £30 for an unrestricted view.
There are performances every day from July through to 07 September at either 14:00 or 19:30 with two performances on some days.