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Jonathan Slinger as Malvolio in Twelfth Night

Jonathan Slinger as Malvolio in Twelfth Night


All RSC Friends’ will shortly be receiving a letter with information about forthcoming Friends’ events. We have events taking place in London, Stratford and Newcastle so make sure you come along to hear direct from the actors about what it’s like to be part of this year’s international celebration of Shakespeare.  The events are available to book online now.


What Country Friends Is This? Company TeaTuesday 19 June Circle Bar,  Roundhouse, London, 5pm
The schedule for the What Country Friends Is This? Company during their stay at the Roundhouse, London is incredibly busy. We thought it would be friendly to acknowledge their hard work by giving them tea and cake! This has been arranged for 5pm on 19 June as the Company prepare to rehearse for an understudy performance. They would be delighted if Friends joined them to chat about the shows and to eat cake. Tickets £9.50 Friends / £10 Guests to include tea/coffee, sandwiches and cake. Booking closes on 17 June at 5pm. – Book Online


Jonathan SlingerSaturday 14 July Holy Trinity Parish Centre, 10am
When Jonathan spoke to us last year he said he would be willing to come back and tell us about the varied roles he is playing this season. True to his word, he has agreed to spend some time with us in July and I am sure there will be plenty of questions you will want to ask about the parts he is playing in the What Country Friends Is This? trilogy – The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night(some unforgettable images in that one!!) and The Tempest. Please note that this event will begin at the earlier time of 10am. Ticket £5 Friends/£6 Guests/£2.50 under 18s. Booking closes on 12 July at 10am. – Book Online

Meera SyalSaturday 11 AugustHoly Trinity Parish Centre, 10.30am
Actress, comedienne, writer and singer, Meera Syal MBE is also a Governor of the RSC and will be playing the part of Beatrice (a favourite role for so many women!) in the forthcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing at The Courtyard Theatre. We are delighted that she has agreed to speak to us in August. Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/ under 18s £2.50. Booking closes on 9 August at 10.30am. Book Online


Ray FearonWednesday 25th July 2012Theatre Royal Newcastle, 4.30pm
Julius Caesar will open in Newcastle on the 19 July – Ray has kindly taken time out to come and talk to us about his role as Mark Antony in the production and his career to date. Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/£2.50 under 18s. Booking closes on 23 July at 4.30pm. Book Online

Don’t forget Ray Fearon is also meeting the Stratford Friends on 22 June at 4pm, there are still a few tickets remaining for this talk. Book Online

We look forward to welcoming you to one of the Friends’ events soon.

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Join guests including Anthony Neilson and Forbes Masson this weekend to examine the controversial world of Theatre of Cruelty and The Hang of the Gaol by Howard Barker

A Cruel Morning with Anthony Neilson

Saturday 22 October, 10am, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, £8

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Play Reading: The Hang of the Gaol
by Howard Barker

Saturday 22 October, 2pm, Ashcroft Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, £8

A script-in-hand performance of Howard Barker’s bruising play about corruption in the justice system. The cast includes Forbes Masson, recently seen as the Friar in Romeo and Juliet and Jacques in As You Like It as part of the 2009-2011 Ensemble.

When a suspicious fire destroys Middenhurst prison, a recognition-hungry civil servant is recruited to hide the truth. An exposing study in guilt and collusion, this play was first performed by the RSC at the Warehouse Theatre in London in 1978.

Cast: Sam Alexander, Joseph Arkley, Neal Barry, Ken Bones, Ricky Champ, Nicky Cox, Rebecca Johnson, Forbes Masson, Oliver Ryan, John Stahl, Stephanie Street, Matthew Wilson

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Tarell Alvin McCraney is International Playwright in Residence for the RSC.  I asked him to tell us a bit about himself and his work for the RSC.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, Director, RSC Hamlet, 2010 by Ellie Kurttz

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your role?

A: The International Playwright in Residence gets to observe the world of Shakespeare being created by the RSC and hopefully gain understanding and knowledge of the tools William Shakespeare uses to tell his sometimes epic and at the same time detailed stories. By the end of the tenure the hope is to have a new play that has been inspired by those tools and story telling.

Q: Your adaptation of Hamlet for state schools in London is being described as a ‘high-energy version of Shakespeare’s play’.  Could you explain how you adaptation aims to ‘remove the obstacles’ preventing young people from seeing and enjoying Shakespeare?

A: I think the obstacles preventing most young people from enjoying Shakespeare is access and engagement. The RSC as a whole has already worked really hard to allow for the barrier of accessibility to be brought down. So I am just helping with this paired down Hamlet to engage students, hopefully.

Q: Can you tell us about other projects you are working on or planning for the RSC in 2010?

A: I am writing a play for the RSC about some very adult themes. 😉

Q: What was your first ever play about?

A: My first play ever was about Two boys – the Son of a drug Dealer, and the Son of a Baptist Minister, who fall in love.

Q: Tell us something unusual about yourself.

A: I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER. And I can’t stand Fish pie.

Q: What makes you laugh?

A: When my friends catch each other in awkward moments. The repetition of awkward is hilarious. That and when Dominic Cook gets shy. It’s funny.

Q: Describe your perfect day.

A: Beach, Words. Beach. Movies. Beach Dance. Dance. Sleep. Perfect.

Q: What do you regard as the highlight of your career so far?

A: I’m still living em… I’ll get back to you in about 30 years.

Q: Favourite RSC moments?

A: Richard II performance at the Gala last year.

Q: Favourite Shakespeare?

A: King John

Q: What is your favourite thing about working at the RSC?

A: Being made fun of for being the American. It’s the best.

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