Archive for the ‘RSC Events’ Category

We recently sent out an email and newsletter with the below forthcoming events detailed, these are all on sale now. You can either book online at http://www.rsc.org.uk, call the Box Office on 0844 800 1110 or book in person at the theatre.  Events are open to all RSC Friends and RSC Supporters.

Walking Shakespeare’s London Theatreland – Book Online
Saturday 10 November 2012, 10am
Meet at Southwark Cathedral London

Julian Bowsher’s recently published Shakespeare’s London Theatreland is a mine of attractively presented information on the archaeology, history and drama of the Elizabethan theatre. Julian will meet us at Southwark Cathedral (coffee and a quick look at Ned Shakespeare’s memorial) at 10am and then walk us about 1.5 miles taking in the main sites to Shakespeare’s Globe; it’s roughly Walk 1 in his book. At the Globe we shall have lunch, a tour of the theatre and spend time in the exhibition. There will be a lot of walking and standing in this event. Comfortable shoes, and umbrellas just in case, please.

Tickets £20 Friends / £23 Guests, without food or transport. Booking closes on 5 November at 10am.

We can arrange transport from Stratford, if Friends require it, in the region of £20 return. Email Coreen at housesteads1@btinternet.com for details. If you book a ticket for this event, please email Coreen with your contact details, or phone 01789 268775. This information is vital to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Afternoon Tea – Book Online
Thursday 6 December, 5pm
Ruinart Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

We enjoyed pre-Christmas tea with the The Heart of Robin Hood Company last year and thought we would like to arrange a similar event this year after a matinee performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor. We will be inviting members of that company to join us between their two performances – you may wish to take the opportunity to see the show too.

Tickets £10 Friends / £11 guests, to include coffee/ tea, sandwiches, cake and mince pies. Booking closes on 28 November.


Sylvestra Le Touzel – Mistress Page – Book Online
Saturday 12 January 2013, 11am
Holy Trinity Parish Centre 

We are delighted that one the ‘Merry Wives’ has agreed to be our guest. Silvestra le Touzel has been a familiar face on television and at an early age in Dr Who, going on to perform in many programmes and most recently in Parade’s End. Her stage career too has been impressive, fond memories of seeing her in Simon Callow’s adaptation for the RSC of Les Enfants du Paradis. Please join us!

Tickets £5 Friends / £6 Guests / £2.50 under 18s. Booking closes on 10 January.

Tour of the Garrick Club – Book Online
Tuesday 12 February 2013, 10am
Garrick Club, 15 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9AY

We will tour the Garrick Club, which houses the most significant collection of British theatrical works of art, with over 1,000 paintings, drawings and pieces of sculpture on display. Pictures of every British actor of note, from Garrick to Gielgud, can be found hanging on the Club walls. The tour ends with a visit to the club’s Theatrical Library, with its rich collection of theatrical books, plays, prints and manuscripts, and includes coffee and biscuits. Women are allowed in the club for this tour!  There will be time in the afternoon to attend a matinee of your choice.

Tickets £20 Friends / £23 Guests, without food or transport. Booking closes on 7 February 2013.

If you book a ticket for this event, please email Coreen athousesteads1@btinternet.com with your contact details, or phone 01789 268775. This information is vital to ensure the smooth running of the event. We can arrange transport from Stratford, if friends require it, approximately £20 return.

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Dear Friend of the RSC,

You are warmly invited to our annual showcase of work by schools involved in The Learning and Performance Network (LPN). The production is called This Poor Trash of Venice and takes place on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. On 3 July six schools will be performing The Merchant of Venice and on 4 July a different six schools will be performing Othello. The cast of 200 young people ranges from six to eighteen years old. Tickets for both performances are just £3.

The LPN was launched in 2006 and to date 400 schools from across England have been involved. The LPN seeks to work with schools in areas of relatively high social and economic deprivation and gives students the opportunity to approach Shakespeare as actors do in a rehearsal room, using active and exploratory methods. Working in this way, students tell us that they find Shakespeare more relevant, more exciting and that it increases their enjoyment of school.

The schools performing this year are from Weston-super-Mare to County Durham and have been working with us over the past two years.

We would be delighted if you could join us for what will be a wonderful celebration of young people claiming Shakespeare as their own.

Tickets are available from the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110, 10am-6pm, Monday – Saturday. The performance will begin at 2.45pm and finish at approximately 5pm.

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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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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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Written to be Heard
Holy Trinity Church
Thursday 1 March
Tickets £8 (under 16s free)
Running time 90mins 

RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran, Canon Treasurer Mark Oakley from St Paul’s Cathedral, the Revd Martin Gorick and Senior RSC Voice Coach Alison Bomber take part in a discussion exploring the power of language and the importance of the words you choose.  Continuing the debates contained within the RSC production, Written on the Heart, the panel will talk about the enduring legacy of the King James Bible and discuss whether,  in trying to make  the Bible easily understandable, has something poetically profound been ‘lost in translation’?

With Readings by RSC actors including Stephen Boxer

‘One of the main points for discussion, for me, is around the impact of language on its audience, and therefore the precision of the choices we make when selecting our words.  From the wrangling within the new RSC play Written on the Heart over the translation of the Bible into English, to the ongoing changes to a developing liturgy over time, there seems to have been a balancing act between clarity of comprehension and expressivity/poetry.’ – Senior RSC Voice Coach Alison Bomber

Mark Oakley is Canon Treasurer of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. He was the Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, an archdeaconry in the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe of the Church of England, from 2005 to 2008. As a Residentiary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral he carries particular responsibility for the Arts policy, fabric and collections in one of the most famous churches in the world.

Book online or call the RSC Box Office on 0844 800 1110.

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This weekend join us in Stratford-upon-Avon for three more events celebrating the history of the RSC.

Howard Davies: The Place, The Other Place and The Warehouse
Saturday 26 November, 10am
Swan Theatre, £8
Howard Davies, director of productions including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, was the catalyst for big changes at the RSC. The (Donmar) Warehouse first opened in 1976, modelled on The Other Place in Stratford, under his visionary leadership. The Warehouse played host to some of the most important and urgent new plays of the 1970s and 1980s. Howard will be talking about his work to Chris Campbell, Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre.

A Celebration: Educating Rita
Sunday 27 November, 11.30am
Swan Theatre, £15
Educating Rita was commisioned and premiered by the RSC in 1980 and went on to becoming one of the nation’s best loved stories. Join Willy Russell as he talks to Company Dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare about how Educating Rita made it onto the stage at the RSC.

In Conversation: Adrian Noble
Sunday 27 November, 7.30pm
Swan Theatre, £15
Adrian Noble, RSC Artistic Director 1990-2003, talks to Michael Attenborough about his time with the Company. Adrian’s productions for the Company include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Plantagenets and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, later turned into a successful film.

To book, call the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110 or book online at www.rsc.org.uk/rsc50events

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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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On Sunday 4 September, join guests including David Threlfall, Suzanne Bertish and Edward Petherbridge in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as we celebrate one of the RSC’s most successful productions – The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Created in 1980 by playwright David Edgar, this production was an eight-hour tour-de-force which played over two consecutive nights.

Members of the original cast will be joined by David Edgar and a brass quintet playing music from the production.

Tickets £15

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Celebrate the Swan Theatre

Celebrate the Swan Theatre

Join us next Saturday for two events revelling in the playwrights who adore the Swan Theare – past and present

The Swan and the Lost Library of Jacobethan Plays
Sunday 21 August, 11.30am
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran hosts a mischievous reunion of the writers who were Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, Thomas Middleton and John Fletcherwill be brought to life by actors Oliver Rix, Alex Hassell, Michael Grady-Hall, Simeon Moore and Felix Hayes.

In addition to the writers, a guest appearance by Antony Sher, who will join Gregory to discuss an actor’s perspective on these writers, having performed in plays by each of them.

Tickets £10

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Play Reading: Singer
Sunday 21 August, 2pm
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Rejoin us in the Swan Theatre at 2pm for a script-in-hand reading of Peter Flannery’s heartbreaking play Singer, directed by Peter himself.

Written for the Swan stage and first produced there by the RSC in 1989, Singer tells the story of Peter Singer and his journey from racketeer in Auschwitz to the high society of London.

The play brilliantly gives the definitive master-class in how to take dramatic techniques from Shakespeare and make them your own on the Swan Stage.

Wild humour, graceful language with sharp and unbearable heartbreak.

Cast includes: Marcus Cunningham, Andrew French, Miranda Stewart, Ellie Taylor

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Theatre, Art and the 1960s
Saturday 16 July, 10am
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Marat/Sade - Patrick Magee as Sade and Ian Richardson as Marat

The RSC’s 50th Birthday events series continues next Saturday with Theatre, Art and the 1960s. 1961 ushered in a decade of explosive cultural revolution and Britain was about to take centre stage on the international arts scene. That same year the RSC was born Gaylene Gould chairs a panel including theatre critic Michael Billington and cultural historian Robert Hewison to discuss the place of theatre and other art forms in this era of enormous social change.

Tickets cost just £10 – Buy tickets online

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