Shakespeare Sanctuary: Pass It On Tickets for the York International Shakespeare Festival 2023

Dr Saffron Vickers Walkling, York International Shakespeare Festival Advisor, York St John University.

York International Shakespeare Festival: Pass It On tickets now on sale!

We are delighted that the York International Shakespeare Festival (@YorkShakes) is back for for its 2023 edition. This year, we have a number of exciting, award-winning productions coming to the main stage at York St John University’s Creative Centre, and we are honoured to be showcasing the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Ukraine.

York International Shakespeare Festival want to make it possible for as many members of the Ukrainian community and other refugees and asylum seekers from across the world, now living in Yorkshire, to come and see The Tragedy of Macbeth by Flabberghast Theatre,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre, Ukraine, and Truth’s a  Dog Must to Kennel by Tim Crouch. All three productions are at the Creative Centre, York St John University.

If you cannot travel to see the shows, (or if you can), please consider buying a Pass it On Ticket which we can offer to community members. You can buy these through the booking links.

Be a supporter of Shakespeare Sanctuary this spring! 

Tickets are £10 (full price) and £5 (concessions).

Photo by Oleksii Tovpyha

Flabberghast Macbeth (c) Mike Lynch

Macbeth by Flabberghast Theatre, 8pm Wednesday 26th April. Information and ticket booking here.

Playing to their strengths and background in puppetry, clown, mask, ensemble and physical theatre, Flabbergast have developed their first text-based production (with extensive R&D with Wilton’s Musical Hall London and Grotowski Institute Poland) to foster the bard’s original text accompanied by and supported with exhilarating live music to produce a provocative and enjoyably accessible show. In English.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c) Molodyy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre, 8pm Friday 28th April. Information and ticket booking here.

How does the well-known romantic comedy by Shakespeare sound in the context of a Ukrainian traditional rite? In the global narrative, we locate the key to the national code and adapt it to the present. We establish parallels with our historical stories by changing the major characters from Greeks to Ukrainians.

Photo by Oleksii Tovpyha

Truth’s A Dog Must to Kennel (c) Stuart Armitt

Truth’s A Dog Must to Kennel by Tim Crouch, 8pm Saturday 29th April. Information and ticket booking here.

The Fool leaves King Lear before the blinding. Before the ice-creams in the interval. In this extraordinary new solo work, Tim Crouch draws on ideas of virtual reality to send the character back to the wreckage of the world they left. Switching between scathing stand-up and an audacious act of collective imagining, this show is a celebration of live performance and a skewering of the state we’re in now. It was given 4 stars by The Guardian and won the Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe last summer. In English.

Other events include: Molodyy Theatre Open Workshop for Actors and Theatre Makers (you can be an audience member for this), 10am Saturday 29th April. Pay what you can. Information and ticket booking here. Followed by Molodyy Theatre Making Theatre In Ukraine Today Q&A, 12 noon Saturday 29th April. Pay what you can. Information and ticket booking here.

Shakespeare (and) Sanctuary curated by Saffron Vickers Walkling and Nicoleta Cinpoes. 2pm Saturday 29th April. Free. Information and booking here. An afternoon of talks, presentations and discussion exploring elements of Shakespeare and Social Justice, presented by York St John University, the European Shakespeare Research Association and the York International Shakespeare Festival.

If you are interested in global work inspired by Shakespeare, then you can attend the free introduction to and staged reading of Marin Sorecu’s play Cousin Shakespeare, translated from Romanian into English. 4.30 and 6pm, Wednesday 26th April. Information and booking here.

There are many other wonderful events across the city of York – click here for the full York International Shakespeare Festival programme and here for the York International Shakespeare Festival Brochure There is an all-day sonnet marathon, Shakespeare stand-up, community theatre, Shakespeare’s Fool, Riding Light’s production of Richard III, book launches, European plays in translation, symposium, Shakespeare storytelling for children, theatre workshops, exhibitions and more – so something for everyone.

See YSJ Words Matter Blog here.

Originally posted on 15 Apr 2023 by Dr Saffron Vickers Walkling  Shakespeare Travels:

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