TO celebrate the opening of The Rose Theatre in York yesterday here's a look back at images from the day from photographer Frank Dwyer.

Heralded by Ripon City Bellman Geoffrey Johnson, on borrowed town crier duty from York’s fellow cathedral city, and the musicians of The York Waits, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions chief executive James Cundall, Macbeth director Damian Cruden and Yorkshire chef Brian Turner performed the ribbon ceremony at 11am on Monday.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu took to the stage to bless the opening production of Macbeth and he was greeted by one of the three Witches.

Mr Cundall said: “It’s a wonderful thing for our city that when people say you have to go to London to see good things in the arts, no, you don’t have to go down there. It’s here in York.”

Brian Turner has overseen the Yorkshire menu for the Shakespeare Village and The York Waits will be among the musicians and actors providing free entertainment at the restored wagon in the two hours leading up to each performance. Admission to the village is free; tickets for the four plays are on sale on 01904 623568 or at