Shakespeare's Rose Theatre at Blenheim Palace

Monday 8th July - Saturday 7th September

More than 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, crowded in close to the actors and the action, in a small theatre in the bustling city of London. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre offers an experience every bit as exciting, intimate and immersive in the glorious grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Outside the theatre, experience a vibrant, free-to-enter Shakespearean village, offering fine Oxfordshire food and drinks housed in oak-framed reed-thatched buildings, an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment, minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.

Inside the theatre, enjoy four of William Shakespeare’s plays - Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III and Romeo & Juliet. Each will transport audiences to the intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and heart-stopping moments!

Getting to the theatre is easy on your Park&Ride 500 service.  It takes you to the gates of Blenheim without much ado throughout the day - and your special late night Park&Ride 500 theatre service takes you from the grounds of Blenheim after the performance with convenient stops at Kidlington, Oxford Parkway, Pear Tree P&R, Summertown, George Street and Oxford Rail Station.

Please see below for a map of your nearest bus stops - and then click this link for a great offer of 30% off all mid-week performances and 20% off weekend performances (excluding groundlings).



  • Your nearest bus stop

    For more details about these stops, please see below.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Your special late night park&ride500 Shakespeare service runs from Blenheim Palace grounds to Oxford Railway Station (calling at Kidlington, Oxford Parkway, Pear Tree P&R, Summertown shops, and George Street).

Enjoy a lovely second glass, relax and be enchanted by your Shakespeare experience. No need to drive, as we'll get you safely home!

Your special late night bus service costs £9 return or £7 single.


View the Shakespeare Service Timetable (PDF, 65KB)

Click here to buy your park&ride500 bus ticket.

Click here to find out more about Shakespeare's Rose Theatre and to book performance tickets.