Programme Announcement 2024

We’re delighted that the 2024 programme is up online, and that bookings are now possible for most events.

Sadly we have been unsuccessful this year in our applications to Arts Council England for funding.

As the only international Shakespeare Festival in the UK, and one of very few opportunities for UK audiences – and particularly audiences in the North of England – to see international theatre, we’re very disappointed but we have no intention of giving up. Indeed this year’s festival is bigger again than before. We have three world premieres, from international partners from Italy, France and Ukraine, and a UK premiere from the US. And other collaborations with Bulgaria, Turkey, Switzerland, Romania and Poland.

Alongside this we continue to showcase Shakespeare from York, including a new Shakespeare Scratch Night in partnership with The Grand Opera House.

Without public funding, we’re dependent on ticket sales, alongside our own reserves and resources. So please do book – our ticket prices are kept low, to encourage you to come to more events. And our Pass it On ticket scheme continues, where you can buy an extra ticket to be given to those who might not be able to attend otherwise, just add these to your booking. And if you would like to support us with a donation, that’s also possible.

We are running our own box office this year, which means we have to cover site and credit card charges, so we’ve added a 20p booking fee to every ticket. That doesn’t cover the whole cost, but will be a big help to us.

Shakespeare opened up questions in his time about identity and the world around him. In 2024, the York International Shakespeare Festival seeks to do the same. So come and join us!

Philip Parr – Director

Skylar Mabry – Producer

Dr Saffron Walkling – Festival Adviser