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Yesterday evening, I revisited Arabian Nights. Not only did I want to once again catch this marvellous evening in the theatre before the end of the run on Saturday but I thought it would be interesting and fun to enjoy it from the Gallery. How right I was!

I chose seat A64, the end of a row and looking right down onto the stage. This enabled me to see the fantastic movement and dance from another viewpoint and also to once again really appreciate how very special the Courtyard is and what treats will be in store once the RST reopens.

From this part of the theatre one can certainly see every reaction on the faces of the ensemble and also be even more aware of the musicians plus special effects from on high, a true sharing of the special journey which is theatre.

Around me were a large party of young people from Birmingham. They are studying Theatre and this was their first visit to The Courtyard. From their concentration throughout and their cheering at the end, I suspect they will be back as soon as is possible. Such enthusiasm doubles one’s enjoyment of a visit to the RSC.

Tony Boyd-Williams

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On a cold and snowy morning in early January a hardy group of RSC Friends met with Dominic Cooke, the Director of the RSC’s Christmas hit Arabian Nights. As those present soon realised I am a huge fan of Dominic’s productions and this show is no exception. We covered the staging of the show, the exquisite costumes and excellant casting; the great success Dominic has enjoyed as Artistic Director at the Royal Court (and why did I go on holiday and miss the opportunity of seeing Jerusalem with one of my all time favourites Mark Rylance) and touched on why British theatre deserves to be publically funded. As usual the hour flew by and it was time to brave the pavements of Stratford Old Town. I really hope that Arabian Nights will reappear next Christmas at a stage near you and look forward to future delights from Dominic!

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