The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its schedule for summer 2020, a season of Shakespeare plays exploring separation, loss and deep bonds of family.
In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre:
- The Winter’s Tale directed by Erica Whyman
- The Comedy of Errors directed by Phillip Breen featuring the RSC debut of Miles Jupp as Antipholus of Syracuse
- Pericles directed by Blanche McIntyre
In the Swan Theatre:
- Projekt Europa – exploring, celebrating and interrogating our relationship with Europe
- Europeana from the book by Patrik Ouředník. Adapted by Maria Åberg and Judith Gerstenberg, directed by Maria Åberg
- Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Barbara Frey. Adapted by Judith Gertenberg
- Blindness and Seeing based on the novels by José Saramago. Adapted by Tiago Rodrigues, translated by Daniel Hahn, directed by Tiago Rodrigues
On announcing the season Gregory Doran, RSC artistic director, said: “Created in Stratford-upon-Avon, shared around the world, crossing borders of creativity, community, culture and technology, our new season celebrates Shakespeare’s unique contribution to world culture, whilst at the same time asking us to consider our own place within society, our families and community.
“Whether experiencing our work on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, on nationwide tours, in schools and local communities, through live cinema screenings or via the latest digital innovations, the shared experiences and emotional connections forged through live theatre feel as urgent and necessary today as they ever have.”
As the Royal Shakespeare Company continues its journey through the complete canon of Shakespeare’s work, The Winter’s Tale – ‘set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings’ – plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 28 March to 2 October 2020 (press night is 7 April).
The Comedy of Errors, featuring the RSC debut of Miles Jupp as Antipholus of Syracuse, runs from 25 April to 3 October (press night is 5 May), and Pericles plays from 15 August to 1 October (press night is 25 August).
After their run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the productions transfer to the Barbican from October 2020 to January 2021 for the RSC’s London Season, followed by a national tour of The Winter’s Tale in 2021.
Following her acclaimed productions of The Duchess of Malfi in 2018 and Doctor Faustus in 2016, RSC associate artist Maria Åberg returns to the RSC with Projekt Europa; a unique and eclectic season of plays, collaborations and events taking place in the Swan Theatre and The Other Place in 2020.
The programme comprises three new productions in the Swan Theatre directed and designed by leading European theatre artists; a series of newly commissioned monologues from prominent European writers to be presented in The Other Place; and a unique collaboration between the RSC’s Next Generation ACT young company and one of Europe’s most exciting directors of theatre for young people, Mattias Andersson.
Europeana opens the season from 9 April to 25 July (press night is 16 April), a new adaptation from the book by Patrik Ouředník by Maria Åberg and Judith Gerstenberg.
Peer Gynt, a radical new staging of Ibsen’s epic European myth for the 21st century will follow from 1 May to 23 September (press night is 12 May). The production is directed by Barbara Frey and adapted by Judith Gerstenberg.
Blindness and Seeing completes the season from 1 August to 26 September (press night is 11 August). Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novels by José Saramago, the piece is adapted and directed by Tiago Rodrigues, artistic director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon, from a translation by Daniel Hahn.
Voices from The Edges of Europe premieres in June 2020; a series of seven newly commissioned monologues written by a range of artists including playwrights, journalists and lyricists from the outer edges of the European continent. Artists include Yıldız Çakar, Davide Carnevali, Theodora Dimova, Christos Ikonomou, Shumona Sinha, Sjón and Sivan Ben Yishai. The seven pieces will be performed as part of the 2020 Mischief Festival in The Other Place in June and July. Full details to be announced.
Presented in spring 2020 in multiple venues across the RSC estate in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as on devices and online, Dream is inspired by the themes of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and is a bold experiment in interactive storytelling which explores the connection between the physical and digital worlds as part of the Audience of the Future Demonstrator project.
The RSC leads a consortium of 15 specialist organisations and pioneers in immersive technology who, together, will use their knowledge and expertise in theatre and performance, music, video production, gaming and research to shape how audiences will experience live performance in the future. Full details to be announced in January 2020.