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At last, Will Houston is back in London town! He’ll be appearing with Iain Glen and Charlotte Emmerson in Uncle Vanya at the Print Room from 21st March until 28th April. Lucy Bailey directs a new translation by Mike Poulton. Those with VERY long memories can also look forward to seeing David Shaw-Parker.



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Following yesterdays announcement that Greg has been appointed the new Artistic Director – what great news for one and all –

Many congratulations from RSC Friends!

Gregory Doran named as RSC chief

Gregory Doran
Gregory Doran is to take over from Michael Boyd as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Doran, who joined the company 25 years ago – as an actor – is currently chief associate director at the RSC.
Boyd said he was “pleased to be leaving the Company in such good hands”. “He is a first rate director, and nobody knows and loves the company more than him.”
Doran hailed his “long-term commitment … to the astonishing plays of our ‘Star of Poets’, William Shakespeare”.
Doran – who won an Olivier award for outstanding achievement for the RSC’s season of Jacobean plays in 2002 – will take over from Boyd in September.
“I am delighted to be appointed as artistic director of this great company,” said Doran.
“Michael Boyd and Vikki Heywood have done an exceptional job in the last decade, rebuilding the theatre and reasserting the principles of ensemble and collaboration, which I hope to continue and extend.”
“My first task is to assemble an exciting new artistic team, with whom I shall start planning the Company’s future from 2014.”
‘True commitment’
RSC Chairman Nigel Hugill paid tribute to Doran’s “deep understanding of Shakespeare and a true commitment to theatre-making”.
Critically acclaimed productions for the RSC include Patrick Stewart and Harriet Walter in Anthony and Cleopatra in 2006, and Love’s Labour’s Lost, starring David Tennant, in 2008.
Doran was also instrumental in bringing his 2000 production of Macbeth – starring his partner Anthony Sher in the title role – to Channel 4, while his 2008 production of Hamlet, starring David Tennant, was broadcast on the BBC.
His predecessor Boyd is credited with reviving the fortunes of the RSC which was debt-written and demoralised when he took over in 2002.
Success stories include his year-long Complete Works festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the award-winning musical Matilda, which transferred to London’s West End last year.
He also oversaw the £112m renovation project to the Stratford-upon-Avon theatres and the RSC’s 50th birthday.


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Bram Stoker Centenary Conference

To mark 100 years since Bram Stoker’s death a group of Stoker enthusiasts, including some Shakespeare Birthplace Trust staff, are inviting you to join them in celebrating his life, his works and his Shakespearian connections.

They invite you to join them for a 6 course meal on Saturday 14 April inspired by menus held in the collection followed by a conference on Sunday 15 April with guest speakers Dacre Stoker, Elizabeth Miller and Michael Kilgarriff.  All proceeds raised from this event will help support vital work to catalogue and digitise the Bram Stoker collection cared for by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

If you would like to attend either the dinner, the conference or both please email stoker100@virginmedia.com or call 01789 204016.

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Those of you familiar with the Shakespeare properties, may be interested to know that the Time Team filmed at the New Place excavations is being shown this Sunday, March 11th on Channel 4 at 8pm.

There was brief coverage of the excavation when they were here filming but this will be the first time the complete programme is broadcast.

The press announcement from Channel 4 reads:

Sunday, 11/03/2012 8pm Searching for Shakespeare’s House: A Time Team Special Tony Robinson and the Time Team cameras join archaeologists as they dig the site of William Shakespeare’s house, New Place, in Stratford on Avon. There’s little of it above ground now, but records show it was Tudor Stratford’s biggest private home, with up to 20 rooms. However, in 1702, New Place was demolished to make way for a grand Georgian pile. But, with the site now accessible, the archaeologists aim to show for the first time not only where Shakespeare really did live with his family but also how grand his house was.

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Jonathan Hyde

We have just put on sale a Friends event in Newcastle, the event is next Friday with the wonderful Jonathan Hyde, tickets for the event can be booked online or by calling 0844 800 1110.

Jonathan Hyde –  Friday 16 March, 4pm
Theatre Royal Newcastle

Jonathan Hyde is no stranger to Newcastle audiences having visited the area on several occasions with the RSC. His last visit was in 2007 when he took the part of Kent in King Lear and Dr Dorn in The Seagull. Jonathan is familiar to millions for his film and TV appearances. We are pleased that Jonathan has agreed to be our guest whilst visiting Newcastle as Lionel Logue in the stage production of The King’s Speech. Tickets £5 Friends / £6 Guests / under 18s £2.50.

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In the true spirit of collaboration without which theatre would not exist, on the subject of Thomas Hardy’s poetry (with a smattering of prose) the passion and intellect of Oliver Ford-Davies, the scholarship of Bruce Alexander, the vocal dexterity and enthusiasm of Marty Cruikshank, the heavenly tones of The Pentateuchs – the singers from ‘Written on the Heart’, have been harnessed to present, for one night only, ‘Thomas Hardy, Poems Said and Sung’.

It will take place on Sunday 19th February in the Swan Theatre at 7pm, last approx 80 mins and tickets are on sale from the RSC box office.

Time for a few drinks and a bite afterwards, and what’s more it’s in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice, and Andrew Nicklin as MD has managed to bring together a twelve piece ensemble, including the harpist from Covent Garden Opera, to accompany the singers.

So book your tickets now…..http://www.rsc.org.uk/buy-tickets/select.aspx?performanceNumber=15590


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As part of the National Video Archive of Performance’s 20th anniversary programme the Victoria and Albert Museum will be screening last year’s production of Cardenio at 2pm on Sunday 12 February. Greg Doran will be introducing the screening and will hold a book signing afterwards. This is one of a number of screenings of British theatre productions from the last twenty years (more details at http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/1637/date/20120212/#single-event-layout). All screenings are free with places allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day.

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