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We have recently sent out our December Friends newsletter with information on future events, they are listed below and are open for booking now.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the RSC Friends

Friends Events 2013

Sylvestra Le Touzel - Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sylvestra Le Touzel – Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor

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.

 

RSC Fight

RSC Fight Workshop

Fight Workshop
Saturday 16 March 2013, 3pm
Clore Learning Centre, above Carluccios on Waterside

We are delighted to announce that we will have a demonstration (and maybe some participation!) by this unusual but very necessary part of the RSC. We are indebted to Matt Armstrong, the RSC’s new Trusts and Foundations Manager for arranging this event.

Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/£2.50 under 18s (limited capacity so book early). Booking closes on 14 March at 3pm.

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Catherine Mallyon RSC Executive Director

Catherine Mallyon RSC Executive Director

Catherine Mallyon – RSC Executive Director
Saturday 23 March 2013, 11am
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

We are very pleased that our new Executive Director, Catherine Mallyon, has agreed to meet with us. Catherine took over from Vikki Heywood in September and I’m sure you will appreciate hearing what she has to say about her new role.

Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/£2.50 under 18s.  Booking closes on 21 March at 11am.

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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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If you are an RSC Friend you will have recently received either a letter or email detailing the below events. We hope you can join us for one.

Julius Caesar Q&A
Saturday 18 August, 11am
Noël Coward Theatre, London

The current production of Julius Caesar, set in modern day Africa, has won many accolades including “an outstanding contribution to the World Shakespeare Festival’’ and “a superb cast conveying the verse with clarity and passion”. We are delighted that we have been able to arrange for a Q&A session with Adjoa Andoh, Ray Fearon, Jeffery Kissoon and Cyril Nri whilst the production is in London.  Why not take advantage of the return to normality after the Olympics and join us to talk to the cast about what it’s like to be a part of this unique production.

Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/ under 18s £2.50. Booking closes on 16 August at 11am.

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Bruce Mackinnon and Felix Hayes
Friday 5 October, 4pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Just before the close of the season we have not one, but two actors from the ‘Shipwreck Trilogy’ coming to speak to us.  Felix Hayes plays Fabian in Twelfth Night and Trinculo in

The Tempest.  Bruce Mackinnon is Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and Stephano in The Tempest.   Together they play the extremely funny, lovable Dromio twins in The Comedy of Errors.  Come and see if you can tell them apart!

Tickets £5 Friends/£6 Guests/Under 18s £2.50, booking closes on 3 October at 4pm.

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We look forward to welcoming you to a Friends’ event soon.

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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.

LONDON

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

Stratford-upon-Avon

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

Newcastle

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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DUNSINANE –  I quote what Ingrid wrote.  “We watched Dunsinane today in Stratford, at the matinee: What a fantastic performance! It was tremendous, powerful, playing incredible tricks with one’s mind. Brian Ferguson, the Malcom/Karzai who came over as the true realist, quite lovable and just a little despicable, Jonny Phillips as the noble warrior, so naive and yet so cruel, Tom Gill, little Sojo who was told…, and the wonderful Siobhan Redmond as Gruach, she had me in tears at the end.“ What a production! Bravo! Thank you National Theatre of Scotland! Thank you RSC for putting it on at The Swan. I enjoyed it again. Tonight is the last performance in Stratford. Congratulations to all the National Theatre of Scotland team and good luck for the next performances of the play. Thought provoking and wonderful acting.

SCOTT HANDY TALK FOR THE RSC FRIENDS –  It was a privilege to be present, when Scott Handy gave a mesmerizing talk to the RSC Friends. Everyone there appeared impressed by his sincerity and relevant comments including how actors bring the written lines to life. We should thank him for taking time to talk to us despite his busy schedule. Scott is such an intelligent, pleasant, unassuming gentleman and a credit to his profession.  And thank you Jane for your pertinent questions –so good a host and for organising the Event along with Penny who also deserves our thanks.

UNWRAPPED AND SCRIPT- IN – HAND PERFORMANCES – We have been enjoying going to the various Unwrapped Events that have been staged at the RSC and also the script in hand readings. I am looking forward to Saturday which starts with Unwrapped Cardenio at 10.30, followed by a weekend created by Mark Ravenhill – script in hand readings Poppy at 2pm (a musical set during the 19th century Opium Wars) and Fashion at 7pm (a satire re political spin as an advertising tycoon bids for the job of re-modelling the Tories in 1987).

My goodness we are being spoilt for choice.

by  David Stevens

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Scott Handy as Ross in Macbeth

Scott Handy as Ross in Macbeth

‘Scott Handy’s excellent Antonio’
Telegraph

Scott Handy who is currently playing Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and Ross in Macbeth will be joining the RSC Friends next Friday to talk about his career and working for the RSC. Scott last acted with the company in 1998 when he played a most impressive Arial in Adrian Noble’s production of The Tempest. Come along and find out what it’s like to be an actor with the RSC and how it feels acting on the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Tickets cost £5 for RSC Friends and £6 Guests, tickets can be booked online or by calling the RSC Friends Event Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1120

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Scott Handy, Friday 1 July 2011, 4pm. Methodist Church Hall.
£5 Friends/£6 Guests/under 18s £2.50. Booking now open, closes on 29 June at 4pm

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