Posts Tagged ‘Macbeth’

23rd February to 2nd April were marvellous weeks in RSC History. The productions of KING LEAR and ROMEO AND JULIET on our new main stage deservedly received great acclaim as did the brilliant restaging by Michael and his company of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA in the Swan. The final performance of that production was indeed a night to be proud of and to remember.

However, there were more treats in store. The YPS productions of HAMLET and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS were successfully revived, with much praise from the older members of the audiences in addition to that from the youngsters present. Both productions confirmed the riches and strengths of our 2009-2011 ensemble and underlined what splendid results are obtained when  a company stays together for such a period of time.

Secondly, this hugely talented company allowed us to see them in an entirely different light when they gave us THE RSC ENSEMBLE REVEALED. And then as if to crown it all, we had two further sensational staging’s – THE TEMPEST (a welcome return of Little Angel Theatre in association with the RSC ) and the first RSC Studio production -THE RAPE OF LUCRECE. Now this makes a total of eight events in our theatres in just over five weeks!! Certainly, a fitting start to the momentous year of our 50th Birthday Celebrations.

However, all this was just the beginning. As I write this, the ensemble are back in London for a season of new work prior to their visit to New York and the first members of our new acting ensemble are settling down with us and the previews of Macbeth and Cardenio are well under way. These early performances are proving most enjoyable, exciting and a first  rate start to the new productions which are marking our 50th Birthday Season. We are being treated to yet more outstanding acting/technical talent as well as fantastic direction from Michael and Greg.

If any readers have not yet booked for these productions, then I advise a visit to our hard working Box Office colleagues as quickly as possible. And the arrival of additional acting ensemble members for The Merchant of Venice and The City Madam companies indicates further treats are in store!

To all who have been with the RSC before, welcome back! To all who are with us for the first time, welcome indeed! We hope you all enjoy this very special time in Stratford and do please be assured of our support and best wishes.

Tony Boyd-Williams

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The Friends of the RSC in Newcastle got together for a Coffee Morning chat in the Theatre Royal recently. Tea and a friendly talk by Yvonne Richardson about the RSC and the Theatre Royal going dark until September were the topics.

Everyone was interested about when the RSC would be coming to Newcastle and there were many questions concerning the new theatre at Stratford Upon Avon and who had seen it, what was it like and when would the RSC return to Newcastle after their stated holiday from the venue for this year.

The Theatre Royal is going dark from 14th March for six months to restore the auditorium to its former glory. All the seats which have been present since about the 1950’s are being replaced with new specially designed seats similar to those of the original 1901 Edwardian theatre. With this in mind, the old seats are to be auctioned, anyone who has a name on a seat is being given the name plate and also given the chance to buy a new seat. Some of the Friends at the coffee morning have seats so were discussing this topic.

Yvonne talked of the new plays in Stratford and who might be in them. Mention was made of Jonathan Slinger who is to play Macbeth, a popular figure since playing Puck at the Theatre Royal, while some of the Friends mentioned his performances as Richard 11 and Richard 111 at The Courtyard.

There was anxiety about when the RSC would return to Newcastle, the Friends being keen to get their annual compliment of the Bard. But with the arrangements for the Birthday Party in April and the promise of future talks by visiting parts of the company, everyone was feeling reassured.

Ideas concerning contact with the RSC were discussed, topics about recent plays, actors of the RSC and general theatre interests kept those presented interested until Lunchtime, when everyone then made their way home or into the town to shop.

For further information on the Restoration of the Theatre Royal Auditorium please visit their website at http://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/restoration

 by Violet Rook.

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Wed 13 – Fri 15 Oct, 8pm

Post Show Discussion Thu 14 Oct

Tickets £12 (£9)



The Point, Eastleigh & mac present

Song of the Goat Theatre


Beginning its life during the RSC’s complete works season and created over two years, this ground-breaking production of Macbeth re-imagines Shakespeare’s tale of murder and madness through an intricately crafted combination of text, movement and polyphonic song.


Presented by an international ensemble of eight extraordinary performers, the production explores the musicality and muscularity of Shakespeare’s poetry and the colours and sounds of his extraordinary language. The story is there, the characters are there, but in witnessing the drama realised through a uniquely imaginative physical and vocal language we understand the story anew.


For more information or to book tickets call 0121 446 3232 or visit www.macarts.co.uk

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You really can’t keep good actors down and another two to bob up recently are Keith Dunphy and Julius D’Silva who will both be appearing in “Macbeth” at Shakespeare’s Globe in London from 23rd April to 27th June. Check it out on http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/

Keiron Hill will be returning to the Octagon Theatre Bolton to appear in “Comedians” by Trevor Griffiths in the lead role of Gethin Price, the part that made Jonathan Pryce a star. The show runs from 15th April until 8th May and more details can be found at http://www.octagonbolton.co.uk/

by Geraldine Caulfield, Friends of the RSC, London

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I was very lucky to see a preview of “Dunsinane” this Saturday at the Hampstead Theatre. The play takes up the story of “Macbeth” almost at the point where Shakespeare finished but with some major differences in the story, for example, Lady M lives, and it focuses on what the “good” Englishman Siward does in Scotland after Macbeth’s death.

The piece is beautifully written (David Greig) and effortlessly blends humour with violence and the darkest aspects of human behaviour to describe what happens when, even with the best of motives, cultures collide. Sound familiar? The production is full of energy and vigour, as the actors charge through the audience, and yet the story is told with absolute clarity and purpose.

Book early, book often. This is a show you MUST see.

by Geraldine Caulfield, London

Book online at www.hampsteadtheatre.com or call 020 7722 9301

For more info look at www.rsc.org.uk/content/8770.aspx

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