Experience bloody battles, comic mayhem and gruesome murder at Oxford’s Rose Theatre


Step back in time and experience theatre as it was in Shakespeare’s day in Blenheim Palace this Summer.

Europe’s first ever pop-up theatre, a full-scale pop-up version of the Elizabethan playhouse, has been recreated in the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site’s historic grounds for a nine-week season. Showcasing four of the bard’s greatest plays, it opens on 8 July with Macbeth.

This uniquely immersive experience includes a lively, free-to-enter, Shakespearean village, offering an array of ‘wagon’ merriment and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.

Also on offer will be the best Oxfordshire food and drinks, housed in the oak-framed and reed-thatched Bear Arms pub, a village pond, farm wagons and carts, and an array of vintage farming implements, evoking a bygone rural age.

A birdseye view of the new Rose Theatre

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Blenheim Palace, visitors can make a full day of it by touring the Palace State Rooms, exploring the Formal Gardens and discovering the Estate’s rich history and heritage on the site where Shakespeare himself is thought to have walked and Queen Elizabeth was imprisoned in the old royal palace.

The Duke of Marlborough will be officially open the full-scale Elizabethan Theatre at a ribbon cutting ceremony on 8 July.

Tickets for the plays are available to book online now. For full performance schedule please visit www.blenheimpalace.com/shakespearesRT