Welcome to the home of the York International Shakespeare Festival.

We are now an annual festival presenting around 10 days of exciting Shakespeare productions and productions and events derived from Shakespeare, and celebrating Shakespeare as an International writer.

2024 sees the 6th edition of the York International Shakespeare Festival – after a return to in-person programming in 2023, we’re excited to reconnect with all the York audiences and international lovers of Shakespeare.

This year we will run from 18 – 28 April, and we will present international work, work from the United Kingdom, and from York.

International highlights include Debra Ann Byrd’s Becoming Othello from the US, and other artists from Japan, Poland, Bulgaria, and Turkey. There will be World and UK premieres, storytelling in schools and libraries, book launches, seminars, lectures, and exhibitions.

Here in York, some of our venue partners are:

York St John University

Riding Lights Theatre at Friargate

Theatre @ 41

York Explore

York Theatre Royal

University of York

We hope you’ll come and join us!