YISF 2024 Press Release


York International Shakespeare Festival

18th-28th April 2024, venues across York

Residents and visitors to York between 18th – 28th April 2024 will see the city filled with shows, lectures, exhibitions, and workshops presented by people from all over the world, as part of the sixth annual York International Shakespeare Festival (YISF).
The programme this year features powerful, moving performances, highly anticipated talks delivered by internationally recognised academics, and public exhibitions and workshops – bringing Shakespeare to York in a variety of ways.
The Festival is in the first year of a three year sponsorship with York St John University which means the principal home of the festival is the wonderful theatre of the university’s new Creative Centre.
Other Festival Partners include York Theatre Royal, York Explore Central Library, York Shakespeare Project, Grand Opera House York, Theatre @41, Riding Lights Theatre Company, rise @ Bluebird Bakery, and many invaluable local volunteers.
We have two World premieres. Opening the Festival is the European Shakespeare Festivals Network ShakeSphere Award Winner 2024 – Hamlet: Double Bill from Italy, and closing is Footsbarn Theatre’s triumphant return to the UK after 15 years away, with a brand-new production of Twelfth Night. Other highlights include Debra Ann Byrd’s powerhouse solo show Becoming Othello all the way from the United States, and first readings of English translations of Shakespeare inspired plays from Bulgaria and Turkey.
Literature fans will have plenty to enjoy as well – with a variety of talks and lectures delivered throughout the festival by Shakespearean academics from Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
There are also a number of free or low-cost opportunities for local young people and families to get involved with the festival and to enjoy a bit of Shakespeare.

Festival Director Philip Parr says, “In our fast-changing world, the plays of Shakespeare provide a shared body of work, which explores essential values, and which is capable of infinite reinvention. They create a space in which we can exchange ideas, explore our differences, and find our common ground. We’re excited to be creating such a space in York.”

Tickets and full programme details are now available at http://www.yorkshakes.co.uk/programme-2024

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Artistic Director – Philip Parr

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Press Contact: Skylar Mabry, Festival Producer

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