What do The Fault in Our Stars, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Lion King have in common? They’re directly inspired by William Shakespeare plays. The first movie? Taken from one of his tragedies, Julius Caesar. The second one parallels one of his comedies, Taming of the Shrew, and the last is a retelling of Hamlet. You may not know this but common phrases like “Love is blind,” “Break the ice,” and “Knock, knock, who is there” can also be traced back to Shakespeare’s plays. These are only a few examples of the enduring power of the work of Shakespeare: because really, there’s no one like the Bard. Beyond the required school readings and the every-so-often retellings, it’s a no-brainer why his works still live on — and at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, they are blazingly alive.
The creation of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre was inspired by the first performances of Shakespeare’s plays, dating 400 years ago: intimate, no frills, and close-to-the-action theater at the heart of London. The critically-acclaimed, and a winner of tourism and cultural awards sort of acclaim, run in York, England boasts 100,000 and counting visitors and audience members. This pop-up playhouse can also be found in its latest location: at the grounds of the Blenheim Palace in Oxford. In the middle of a Shakespearean village, complete with themed food and drink, wagon entertainment, and thatched roofs, commandingly stands the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre’s main performance space: a 13-sided theater, based on the real Rose Playhouse where the Bard learned his craft.