The Duchess of Malfi at the RSC

John Webster’s play ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ opens at the RSC on March 1st in the Swan Theatre.

Webster was born 16 years after Shakespeare.  You may remember him from the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ portrayed as the young street urchin who enjoys feeding live mice to cats.

The characters in Webster’s plays tend to meet rather gruesome ends and in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, two corrupt brothers take revenge on their sister for marrying below her class.  The play is full of grotesque violence, toxic masculinity and dark humour.

Directed by Maria Aberg and starring Joan Iyiola as the Duchess, the play runs until August 3rd.

Ambleside Guest House is just a few minutes’ walk from the RSC.  Click here to view our rooms.

Snow in Summer at the RSC

Opening in The Swan Theatre next month, Snow in Midsummer is a contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous Classical Chinese dramas.  This is the first production in the RSC’s Chinese Translations Project, a cultural exchange bringing Chinese classics to a modern western audience.

The play stars Harry Potter actor Katie Leung and runs from Feb 23 – Mar 25

RSC in the New Year

IMG_5087It’s time to start thinking about your theatre visits for next year! Why not spend a weekend in Stratford?

The RSC has announced its 2016 spring and summer season – celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation – co-produced with 14 amateur companies across the UK, it opens in Stratford upon Avon before embarking on a nationwide tour.

There are productions of Hamlet and Cymbeline and in The Swan Theatre a production of Don Quixote featuring David Threlfall and Rufus Hound.

Also in The Swan Theatre, two new productions of Marlowe’s Dr Faustus and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.