A BUSINESS that specialises in traditional woodworking techniques has been chosen to help create the timber structures for Europe’s first pop-up Shakespearean theatre.

Duncombe Sawmill, in Helmsley, has been appointed to make the refreshments and merchandise buildings for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, which opens later this month in York, and runs until September 2.

The organisers of the event, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, are creating a free-to-enter Shakespearean Village outside the theatre, and have asked Duncombe Sawmill to create rustic timber framed buildings, to be in keeping with the 16th century feel of the event.

The traditional reed-thatched buildings will house a fully licensed bar and food vendors selected by chef Brian Turner.

James Cundall, chief executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, said: “For me a major aspect of this project was to showcase the best Yorkshire has to offer, both in terms of the construction of the event as well as food and beverage offerings, and Duncombe Sawmill immediately came to mind when I was planning the village. We are fortunate to have a company of such expertise and quality literally on our doorstep.”

Both of the buildings being produced by Duncombe Sawmill are made out of locally grown larch, sourced from the Castle Howard Estate, and supplied in kit form so they can be installed and removed quickly, and used in other locations.

Three of the Sawmill’s joiners are working on bringing the project to life - Steve Shepherd, Eddie Garbutt and Kieran Windross.

Steve, who has worked at Duncombe Sawmill for three years, said: “This is a project we were really excited to be asked to be part of, and the finished theatre should be an amazing sight to behold. It’s certainly come with challenges – but we’re not afraid to take those on.”

Owner Emma Woods added: “We are lucky that we can work to a very exact specification because we have our own mill and can cut timber to odd sizes. We love the challenge of being asked to make something different and bespoke, and to find and use the best technique for the job. We are thrilled that Lunchbox Theatrical Productions have asked us to be part of this amazing event.”

For more details of the theatre go to www.shakespearesrosetheatre.com