This year’s Shakespeare birthday celebrations take place on Saturday April 27th when local community groups take part in a day of parades, parties and dance. In the evening the RSC will be performing ‘The Taming of the Shrew’.
The RSC continues its ambitious project to perform each one of Shakespeare’s plays, announcing three productions for the summer:
As You Like It
until Aug 31
The Taming of the Shrew
March 8 – Aug 31
Measure for Measure
June 28 – Aug 29
Following these, King John will be performed Sept 19 – March 21
Kathryn Hunter takes the lead in Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s dark satire of a world driven by greed.
The RSC is saying ‘this is a rare chance to see Shakespeare’s comic tragedy’. It plays in The Swan Theatre until Feb 22.
The RSC’s family version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns this year from Dec 4 to Jan 20. This is a new adaptation by David Edgar of Charles Dickens’ classic tale.
It is suitable for children aged 7 and over and children’s tickets are half price.
Director Gregory Doranoffers a satirical futuristic vision of this Trojan War play with virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie providing a soundscape.
Troilus and Cressidaplays in the main theatre until Nov 17th.
Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe is at the RSC until December 1st. Directed by Michael Boyd, this portrait of power at its most charismatic and violent may not be for the faint-hearted, promising extravagant savagery, blood soaked fantasy, gun shots, smoke effects and scenes that may cause distress!
By contrast, a new version of Tartuffe by Molière runs at The Swan Theatre from September 7th to February 23rd. Moliere’s classic satire is brought up to date by Emmy Award winning comedy writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.
Sam Kenton’s new musical tells the story of anti-establishment theatre visionary Joan Littlewood.
The role of Joan is presented by seven different actors and reviews have been great (‘A fun filled witty new musical’ ***** WHATSONSTAGE)
It plays at the Swan Theatre until August 4.
Organized by CAMRA, the Stratford upon avon Beer & Cider Festival is a 2 day event being held from 6th July to 7th July 2018 at the Stratford On Avon Racecourse in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. This event showcases beer, cider, hot food & live music as well as sparkling wine and a variety of food.
A new musical about the life of Joan Littlewood, described as “the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre”, opens at the Swan Theatre on June 22nd.
Book, music and lyrics are by Sam Kenyon and it runs in Stratford upon Avon at the RSC until August 4th.
Love books, writing and reading?
Stratford’s 11th annual Literary Festival takes place at the Stratford Artshouse from Sunday April 22 to Sunday April 29.
Alongside education events involving local schools, there will be a week of debate, ideas, workshops and humour. Celebrity author events include Jeremy Vine, Alan Johnson, Harry Hill, Louise Minchin, Rose Tremain and Harriet Hartman.