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York Shakespeare Project was established in 2001, and is committed to performing all of Shakespeare’s known plays in York over a period of 20 years.

In addition to staging the plays, the Project aims to provide an educational aspect to each production.

(Banner photographs by Michael Oakes and John Saunders)

Walking through Shakespeare …

The second York International Shakespeare Festival runs for one week from Monday to Saturday 15-20 May 2017. We’ll be offering Sonnet Walks as our contribution to the Festival.

There will be two walks each evening led by a guide around a carefully chosen route. Along the way your group will meet an array of different performers each with a story to share. The walks will last about an hour.

Book online, call 01904 623 568 or visit the York Theatre Royal box office.

Call for a director for York Shakespeare Project’s 2017 production of The Winter’s Tale

For The Winter’s Tale the Committee have approved a director’s fee of £1,000. You are expected to rehearse on two evenings a week and one weekend afternoon for a period of at least 8 weeks. Performances to run towards the end of October/early November 2017.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found on our Current Opportunities page.

Past glories …

Charles Hutchinson, in The York Press, chose our production of Henry V (directed by Maggie Smales) as his ‘York Play of the Year’ for 2015 – more on our ‘Previous Productions’ page.

We are also very proud that Andrew Isherwood’s YSP sonnet film Love’s Best Habit was a runner-up in Filming Shakespeare 2015, a competition hosted by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. You can view the film here

Shakespeare Workshops

We ran two workshops for Twelfth Night in 2014, and are always open to invitations! If you have an idea for a workshop you would like us to organise, email us at info (at) yorkshakespeareproject (dot) org. See here for our educational work.

About the YSP

Founded in 2001, YSP is an unincorporated association registered as a charity, and has so far staged 27 productions covering 30 of Shakespeare’s plays. We are on target to produce all the plays by 2020. Recent productions have included a nearly-sold-out run of Twelfth Night directed by Mark Smith at York Theatre Royal Studio, Henry V directed by Maggie Smales – The York Press ‘York Play of the Year 2015’ – Pericles directed by Sophie Paterson and King Lear directed by Ben Prusiner, all three at Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, Monkgate.

YSP Committee Members 2016-17 (from November 2016)

Chair – Ben Sawyer
Secretary – Ian Timmins
Treasurer – Caroline Mozley
Membership – Izzy Carrick
Emma Summers
Karen Millar
Sam Valentine
Diana Wyatt

Keep In Touch

If you would like to be kept up to date on all things to do with the York Shakespeare Project, you can join our mailing list by clicking here. Alternatively, why not join the Project, and support us in our mission? For any other reason contact us at info (at) yorkshakespeareproject (dot) org.
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