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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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Something that sounds really interesting coming up over the next couple of weeks on Radio 4 – 

Over the past 10 months the RSC have been working with Radio 4’s James Naughtie and his Producer, Beaty Rubens to create a three part documentary about the Company being 50.

As part of the series James explores how the Company first came into being in 1961;  the creation of the Ensemble system;  some landmark productions and the opening production, Macbeth, in the RST.  The RSC have worked with James and Beaty to give exclusive breadth of access to the key people from the last half century including the voices of all five of the artistic directors –  Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Terry Hands, Adrian Noble and Michael Boyd;  as well as Peter Brook, Cicely Berry, Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart and David Tennant; plus the wider team of artists, technicians and specialists who support the actors on stage.   The transmission dates are below:

The Ensemble:            Tuesday 5th April 11.30 am

The First Ten Years:   Tuesday 12th April 11.30 am

The  New Theatre       Tuesday 19th April 11.30 am

Happy Listening   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0101p01

by Jane Cromack

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The above is indeed true of former RSC actor Pete Postlethwaite who has just died at the age of 64. I first saw him on stage in 1979 at the Buxton Festival when he played Sergeant Kite (a rich character performance) in the Bristol Old Vic’s production of THE RECRUITING OFFICER which was directed by Adrian Noble. Four years later, Adrian made his debut at the RSC with his direction of KING LEAR when the title role was taken by Michael Gambon, Antony Sher played the Fool and Pete Posthethwaite was a bluff and sadistic Cornwall.

In the same season he was a loyal and vengeful Macduff, with a return to comedy  showing superb clowning as Grumio in Barry Kyle’s Production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. I next saw him in the 1986 season as a notable Bottom when his fellow mechanicals included David Haig and Sean Bean.

Another splendid performance in a Shakespearian role has been captured for all time with his superb Friar Laurence (both pastoral and moving) in Baz Lurhmann’s film ROMEO AND JULIET. In this special year when we celebrate 50 years since the granting of the Royal Charter to our company, we remember players like Pete Postlethwaite whose performances are  both  vivid memories and worthy to be recalled as we think of the theatrical ghosts of Stratford past. For him and other former RSC members who have strutted their hours upon the stage, the following words seem most fitting at this time :

“Fear no more the heat o’the sun,

Nor the furious winter’s rages;

Thou thy wordly task hast done,

Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages “.

by Tony Boyd-Williams

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