The RSC in March

The RSC has three new productions beginning next month, two by Shakespeare plus a new comedy from Richard Bean:

Antony and Cleopatra     11 Mar – 7 Sept
Julius Caesar     3 Mar – 9 Sept
The Hypocrite     31 Mar – 29 Apr

Rome meets The West Wing at the RSC

The grand finale of the RSC’s Rome season this summer is a six play adaptation of Robert Harris’s bestselling trilogy of novels about the Roman orator and politician Cicero.

Artistic Director Greg Dorian describes the project as ‘Rome meets The West Wing‘.  Harris’s trilogy has been adapted by Mike Poulton who also adapted Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies into two award winning stage plays.

The six one-hour plays performed over two nights will premiere at The Swan Theatre in November.  Part I is entitled ‘Conspirator‘ and Part II ‘Dictator‘.

The RSC also announced that the Christmas production for 2017 will be an adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

Compton Verney 2017

Compton Verney with its Capability Brown landscaped gardens opens its 2017 season with an exhibition called ‘Creating the Countryside‘.  It brings together works by Old Masters and contemporary artists from Gainsborough and Stubbs to Grayson Perry.

The exhibition opens on March 18 and runs until June 18.  Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm.

Three new productions at the RSC

Three new productions open in March at the RSC:

Anthony and Cleopatra  March 11 – Sept 7
Julius Caesar  March 3 – Sept 9

If you book tickets for both productions by phoning the box office, the RSC IS OFFERING A 10% DISCOUNT.

As well as these two Shakespeare plays, there is a new comedy farce by Richard Bean (creator of One Man, Two Guvnors) set in Hull, Bean’s home city, in 1642 during the Civil War.

The Hypocrite  March 31 – April 29

Christmas in Stratford upon Avon

Christmas is coming!

Thursday Nov 24 is the date for your diary if you want to be in Stratford upon Avon for the Christmas Lights switch-on.  Events begin at 4.30 and Father Christmas will be there of course.

The same evening sees the first of the Thursday Xmas markets which continue through December on the 1, 8, 15 and 22.

For a family show, why not get tickets for The Tempest at the RSC or Aladdin at Stratford ArtsHouse.

Also in the area, there are Xmas events at Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Ragley Hall, Compton Verney and Batsford Arboretum.  The lovely town of Shipston on Stour hosts its Victorian Evening on Dec 2.

There are plenty of ideas for Christmas shopping too – and restaurants, cafes and pubs when you need to recover!

The Tempest at the RSC starts Nov 8

This year’s family show aims to introduce Shakespeare to young theatregoers and families with a first rate cast and some innovative stage effects.

Acclaimed actor, Simon Russell Beale, returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero In a production of The Tempest directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

In partnership with INTEL, the RSC is promising the use of advanced technology in a bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s play.

Performances of The Tempest start on Nov 8 – tickets are available online.

The Stratford upon Avon Music Festival 2016

This year’s Music Festival features concerts by Lesley Garrett, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, The RSC Music Department, The Endellion String Quartet and pianist, Martin Roscoe.

The festival also includes a lunchtime series and various informal concerts including ‘Buy a Beer’, ‘Breakfast with Bach’ and ‘Afternoon Tea’ concert.

The programme runs from October 14 – 22 at various venues in the town.

The Rover by Aphra Benn

Reviews for ‘The Rover‘ have been excellent.  The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Stage all gave it four stars and local paper The Stratford Herald said ‘This production is a joy from start to finish’!

It runs until February 11th.

RSC – new productions announced

It’s time to book tickets for Feb – Sept 2017 as the RSC has announced its new season.

Four plays make up Shakespeare’s Rome – Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Anthony & Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus.

The spring/summer season also includes a new play ‘The Hypocrite‘ by Richard Bean and ‘Salome‘ by Oscar Wilde.

Stratford upon Avon Poetry Festival 2016

The Stratford upon Avon Poetry Festival returns on 18-25 September for a special week long programme of exciting events and activities marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

You can browse the full event’s listings online but highlights include readings from RSC actors, an experimental evening of hip hop, poetry and performance with Birmingham based rapper Juice Aleem, an open mic evening and a poetry choir.