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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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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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Inspired by Shakespeare – Wednesday evenings across the county

Many writers, artists and filmmakers have been inspired by Shakespeare and now you can be too.

This series of evening classes taught by a variety of expert practitioners lets you try your hand at creative writing, calligraphy and filmmaking, learning about those who have been inspired by Shakespeare, discovering some basic techniques and being invited to have a go for yourselves.  Designed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust this course is available at 3 venues, Stratford-Upon-Avon (Stratford Business Services) Hinckley (north Warwickshire and Hinckley college) and Leamington Spa (Warwickshire College) on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm starting Wednesday September 19th. Course costs £110 for 10 weeks.

Call 01789 207131 to book a place

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Cheer on the finalists at the BBC’s first ever national Shakespeare recital contest Off by Heart.

Nine teenage finalists have won their place at this event by competing against their peers from schools across the UK.

Jeremy Paxman presents as they deliver some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches in front of a panel of judges including Simon Schama and actor Samuel West.

Special Offer – £5 per ticket. Call the RSC ticket hotline on 0844 800 1110 and quote Off by Heart

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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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Scott Handy as Ross in Macbeth

Scott Handy as Ross in Macbeth

‘Scott Handy’s excellent Antonio’

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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