• What plays are being performed?

    Romeo and Juliet
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Richard III

  • How long is each performance?

    Approximately 2.5 hours, including a 20-minute interval. Each play varies.

  • What are the opening hours of the village?

    Open from 11am till approximately 9pm (after the interval).

  • Is there wheelchair access?

    Wheelchair access information
    YES, to the ground floor and to the allocated wheelchair seats in Block 2, Lower Tier only. There are no lifts to the Middle or Upper Tier.

    Ambulant patrons should select regular seating. Please note there are stairs to climb.

    Wheelchair accessible seating and prices
    Premium - ramped platform undercover, beside stage – 8 wheelchair spaces and 8 carer seats at £70.00*. Carers goes free.

    Groundlings - not undercover, ramped platform 6 wheelchair spaces and 6 carer spaces at £15.00*. Carers goes free.
    *Prices displayed are inclusive of booking fees. A £1 transaction fee will apply.

  • How do I book accessible seating?

    Wheelchair bookings are available either by email:, or telephone: 0844 412 4648 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge).

  • Do the seats have backs and cushions?


  • Any tips on where to sit?

    No matter where you sit or stand in the theatre you will be no more than 15 metres from the stage. So, wherever you choose you’ll be close to the action.

  • Can I bring a chair into the groundlings area?

    No, chairs are not permitted in the groundlings area for health and safety reasons and also this is a standing room area.

  • Is Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre suitable for children?

    It is suitable for those aged ten and up. Each child must have their own ticket and sit in their own seat. All children 16 and under must be supervised at all times.

  • Are there tickets for Children (16 and under)?

    Yes, there is £3 off all seats, £2.00 off groundlings.
    The plays are suitable for those aged 10 and up, at the parents/guardian’s discretion. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Babes in arms will not be permitted and all patrons must be in possession of a ticket.

  • Can you book tickets at the venue?

    There will be a box office at the event from 8th July 2018.

  • Are concession prices available?

    No. However, for combined tickets that include entrance to Blenheim Palace concession pricing is an option.

  • I have a ticketing enquiry – who should I contact?

    All Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre tickets are handled by our ticketing partners, See Tickets, Ticketmaster and Oxford Playhouse. If you have an enquiry you should contact the agent you booked your tickets through.

    SEE Tickets: 01159 129157
    Oxford Playhouse: TBA

  • I have lost my tickets, what should I do?

    Please contact the ticketing agent that you booked the tickets through as soon as possible (details directly above).

  • What if my performance is cancelled?

    If your performance is cancelled, you will be notified as soon as possible and given the option to then choose another session to attend.

  • Can I get a refund if I change my mind, or if the performance date is no longer suitable for me?

    We cannot give refunds or exchanges, except when a performance has been cancelled or rescheduled.

  • Is there parking next to the event/where is the nearest car park?

    There is an on-site car park at Blenheim Palace situated within a few minutes stroll from the theatre.

  • Will the performances be cancelled in the event of rain?

    No, the performances will go on in all weather conditions. No umbrellas can be put up in the theatre at any time as you will obstruct the view of the other patrons, therefore please dress accordingly. Ponchos can be purchased at the event.

  • What happens if it rains?

    Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre is an all-weather venue. It is partially covered. Please note even when you are undercover you may still get wet depending on the weather. The groundlings area is uncovered –umbrellas are not permitted within the theatre. Ponchos will be available to buy at the venue.

  • Can we take food and drink into the theatre?

    Only food and drink purchased within Shakespeare’s village can be taken into the theatre.

  • Where can I smoke?

    No smoking is permitted onsite.

  • Is there a cloakroom?


  • Are there toilets on site?

    Yes, there are toilets within Shakespeare’s Village close to the theatre.

  • What if I’m running late? What time do the gates close?

    We recommend arriving at least 10 minutes before the performance to reach your seats in time. If you are running late, the theatre allows all latecomers with a valid ticket even after the show has started.

    Due to the size of the theatre, combined with the length of the plays, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre operates an open-door policy throughout all which means all audience members can exit and re-enter as required. Due to the interactive nature of the performances it may be necessary to block certain accesses briefly during the play.

  • Can I leave/return during the performance if I need to?

    Yes, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre operates an open-door policy that means all audience members can exit and re-enter the space as required. Please keep your ticket until the end of the performance in case we need to scan you in and out of the theatre.

  • Will I be able to see the action from the Groundling area?

    Within the Groundlings you may stand anywhere in the Yard, you can move around to gain the best possible advantage for your height. The height of the stage is approximately 1.5m.

  • Can I take photographs or video during the performance?

    Photographs are not permitted in the theatre during the performances.

    It is not permitted to film any video in the theatre without prior written approval from Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre marketing department. Contact

  • Is the theatre air conditioned or heated?

    The theatre is open air, temperature is dependent on the weather. Please dress accordingly.