Tag Archives: RSC
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Digging for Richard

Though Shakespeare was not mentioned, there was a manifest and contrived theatricality about the press conference announcing that the skeleton unearthed in a Leicester car park was indeed that of King Richard III. Not that anyone could have doubted what the conclusion would be. How could the University, clearly pulling all the stops out to […]

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‘King Lear’ for Young People?

In one of his last interviews before standing down as artistic director of the RSC Sir Michael Boyd said of the RSC’s Education Department, ‘in some ways that’s our avant garde’. Inviting Paul Hunter of Told By An Idiot to direct the Young People’s Shakespeare 2010 production of The Comedy Of Errors and the writer, performer and […]

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Redcrosse

England and St George!

On the evening of the 17th of November this year, the RSC will perform Redcrosse in Coventry Cathedral. Partly an original arts event, partly a groundbreaking religious service, Redcrosse evolves out of a project I led to evolve a new questing liturgy for England and St George. It was inspired by one of the great […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Stratford Workshop – Education in the World Shakespeare Festival

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   On 13 September twenty-five academics, theatre practitioners, educators, and students gathered in Stratford-upon-Avon at the Shakespeare Institute to discuss the World Shakespeare Festival and the summer of Shakespeare to which […]

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Troilus and Cressida WSF

Year of Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida (RSC)

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte for the Wooster Group (New York, USA) and Mark Ravenhill for the RSC (Stratford-on-Avon, UK) at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon and the Riverside Studios, London. By Paul […]

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Coriolanus

Year of Shakespeare: Coriolan/us

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen. Coriolan/us, National Theatre Wales and Royal Shakespeare Company, Dir. Mike Pearson and Mike Brooks, 8 August 2012, at Hangar 858, RAF St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. By Alun Thomas, Cardiff University […]

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Julius Caeser

Year of Shakespeare: Julius Caesar at the RSC

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Julius Caesar, RSC, dir. Gregory Doran, at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 19 July 2012 By Monika Smialkowska, University of Northumbria ‘Is this a holiday?’ (1.1.2) The question which Flavius asks of […]

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Re-making Shakespeare

Year of Shakespeare: Re-Making Shakespeare

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   ‘Re-Making Shakespeare’, Northern Stage, Newcastle, Saturday 14 July 2012. By Monika Smialkowska, University of Northumbria ‘Re-making Shakespeare’, co-organised by Northern Stage, the School of English at Newcastle University, and the RSC, […]

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Mark Rylance as Olivia

What’s wrong with all-male Shakespeare?

There have been murmurs of disquiet for a while about all-male Shakespeare. Jenni Tomlin said on the Social Justice First website that it, ‘serves to highlight our deep history of sexism and inequality‘ while Jo Caird at Whatsonstage.com worries about how it denies work to women, ‘given the chronic underrepresentation of women on the British […]

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