17th Nov, 2018

Royal Shakespeare Company unveil winter season

Ian Hughes 23rd Jan, 2018

THE RSC is halfway through its project to stage every one of Shakespeare’s plays in the First Folio.

The winter season, which will see the company add to the list with Troilus and Cressida and Timon of Athens, includes:

* Troilus and Cressida – directed by artistic director Gregory Doran, with music by Evelyn Glennie – dedicated to the memory of the RSC’s co-founder John Barton

* Tamburlaine – by Christopher Marlowe, and directed by Michael Boyd, who returns to the RSC for the first time since stepping down as artistic director

* Tartuffe – a new version of Molière’s classic, by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, directed by Iqbal Khan and set in Birmingham’s Pakistani Muslim community

* Timon of Athens – Kathryn Hunter takes the title role, directed by Simon Godwin

* A Christmas Carol – adapted from Dickens’ tale by David Edgar and directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, back by popular demand

Mr Doran said: “Our winter season is full of dark comedy and satire, with productions exploring abuse of power, greed, lechery and human potential for change.

“Continuing our mission to ensure Shakespeare and theatre are for everyone, this season is packed with exciting theatre artists and has bite, humour and powerful resonances in our volatile world.

“We are halfway through our project to stage every one of Shakespeare’s plays in the First Folio, presenting work in a radically different way and making every play an event and celebrating Shakespeare’s continuing relevance to a contemporary audience. We have staged 19 Shakespeare productions since 2013, reaching a worldwide audience of 2.1 million.

The ‘First Encounters with Shakespeare’ for younger audiences will be the Comedy of Errors.

And new for winter will be ‘First Time Fridays’ offering people who have never been to the RSC before the chance to buy £10 tickets for any Friday show. The offer is open to all those new to the RSC’s database.

Visit www.rsc.org.uk for tickets and further details.

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