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Pop up theatre provides corporate entertainment with a difference!

Oxfordshire businesses should make the most of a unique corporate entertainment opportunity this summer with Shakespeare’s pop up Rose Theatre at Blenheim Palace. Sue Randall, Managing Director of Fine Feasts by Oxford Fine Dining, explains why.

As Oxford businesses, we’re very lucky to have an amazing selection of venues for corporate events but this summer there is another one and it is only here for 8 weeks. The Rose Theatre is a 13-sided Elizabethan-style playhouse that has been built within the grounds of Blenheim Palace. It holds 900 people with 560 seated in three covered tiers around an open-roofed courtyard with standing room for 340 ‘groundlings’ and will be showing 4 of Shakespeare’s plays, with 2 performances a day. Using it to entertain clients will be very different to anything usually available and is a unique opportunity.

Fine Feasts by Oxford Fine Dining has been appointed to provide the food catering in the Shakespeare’s Village, an area that surrounds the theatre. From oak-framed, reed-thatched cabins the Fine Feasts’ chefs are using bespoke Argentinian BBQ’s to cook high quality street food including wild boar posh dogs, aged shorthorn beef burgers, dirty chips and a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as daily specials.

In association with the Rose Theatre and Blenheim Palace, Fine Feasts is also offering a hospitality package for corporate entertainment, providing local businesses with a very different and exciting opportunity for entertaining clients and staff. This premium package means guests can enjoy some of the best seats in the house, a private area within the village for entertaining guests with drinks and canapés plus an exclusive backstage tour.

The Shakespeare’s Village is a trip back in time with a village pond, willow hurdle fencing, rustic buildings and rural scenes. Around the village are a number of wagons from where visitors will be entertained by wandering Elizabethan minstrels, musicians, sonnet recitals and budding thespians.

The menus have been specially created, with the Fine Feasts team devising dishes fitting for a visit to a Shakespearian theatre beside an historic palace in Oxfordshire. From ‘Shakespeare Spiced Chicken Skewer served on a Flatbread with Garlic Mayo’ to an ‘Aged Shorthorn Beef Burger with Fine Feasts Sauce and Salad in a Brioche Bun’. The ‘Dirty Chips’ dishes feature freshly fried skin on chips topped with jalapenos, cheese and soured cream with either BBQ beef brisket or guacamole. There is also a Posh Dogs menu serving up hot dogs with a difference. The ‘Oxford Blue Dog’ is a pork college sausage with blue cheese, mayonnaise and friend onions and vegetarians and vegans are well catered for with ‘Lentil and Chickpea Dahl served with Pitta Bread and an optional dollop of Sour Cream’ and there is a daily special for each day of the week.

Fine Feasts is sourcing the ingredients locally whenever possible and, in an initiative to make the food service at the event environmentally friendly, the food is being served in 100% recyclable containers with wooden cutlery. Coffee and tea are served in compostable cups and the water bottles can be recycled.

Sue Randall, Managing Director of Fine Feasts by Oxford Fine Dining, commented, “This amazing venue provides a unique opportunity for local businesses to provide some very different corporate entertainment for their clients this summer. I know our chefs will be working hard to delight audiences with the food as much as the actors will delight them with their performances!”

Shakespeare’s Village is probably the largest theatre ‘foyer’ that theatre go-ers will encounter. Along with the more traditional things you’d usually find like the box office, ice creams and a bar, the Village also has food stalls for pre and post theatre ‘feasting’ making a memorable venue for corporate entertainment.

Sue concludes, “Whether to entertain clients or staff, Oxfordshire businesses should make the most of having this wonderful temporary venue on their doorstep. The Oxford Fine Dining Team is always happy to work with event organisers to meet specific requests for catering to make an enjoyable and memorable evening.”

Fine Feasts will be cooking and serving food within Shakespeare’s Village at Blenheim Palace from 11am to 9pm every day until Saturday 7th September.

For details of corporate hospitality ticket packages and the schedule of plays: www.shakespearesrosetheatre.com/blenheim/corporate

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