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KING LEAR – RSC, Barbican Centre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

You’re not to know this, but King Lear bears the proud seal of ‘The Best Shakespeare Play According to Luke Jones’. It pleasingly eschews the clunk of the others. Where most are a web throughout, Lear has an easy setup, clearly defined bust-ups all of which turns shit-shaped in a thrillingly desperate way. If there were ever a Shakespeare play less in need of a concept or re-versioning it is this one.

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The Globe’s PR crisis: How the industry reacted to Emma Rice’s departure

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My first gut response to yesterday’s news that Emma Rice was leaving Shakespeare’s Globe, announced after less than a year – and only one summer season in post – was simply “Oh my God!”. In my years of commenting on theatre, I have never been as shocked by the news of someone’s leaving a job.

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NEWS: Prince of Wales performs tonight at Shakespeare Live! #RSCLive #Shakespeare400

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s President of 25 years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will make a brief appearance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage performing as part of ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ tonight (Saturday 23 April 2016). The show will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8.30pm and will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across theatre, music, opera and ballet to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

NEWS: Prince of Wales performs tonight at Shakespeare Live! #RSCLive #Shakespeare400

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s President of 25 years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will make a brief appearance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage performing as part of ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ tonight (Saturday 23 April 2016). The show will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8.30pm and will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across theatre, music, opera and ballet to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

NEWS: Prince of Wales performs tonight at Shakespeare Live! #RSCLive #Shakespeare400

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s President of 25 years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will make a brief appearance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage performing as part of ‘Shakespeare Live! From the RSC’ tonight (Saturday 23 April 2016). The show will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8.30pm and will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across theatre, music, opera and ballet to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

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NEWS: RSC announces Winter 2016 season, marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

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The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its winter 2016 season, marking Shakespeare’s 400 anniversary with seven productions in its Stratford-upon-Avon home, including three productions in the Swan Theatre, which itself celebrates its 30th anniversary. Overview ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE King Lear directed by Gregory Doran, with Antony Sher in the title role, David Troughton as Gloucester and Paapa Essiedu as Edmund …

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HENRY V – RSC, London

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Shakespeare has loomed large over London’s theatre scene in 2015, from the fevered anticipation to Benedict Cumberbatch’s performances in (the underwhelming) Hamlet to Kenneth Branagh forming his own company and presenting a series of plays built around a pair of the Bard’s pieces. With such fanfare the RSC’s return to the Barbican with the last of their King and Country cycle (and later the whole cycle in repertory) has almost slipped in under the radar, but the less heralded shows are, in our experience, often the most rewarding…

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NEWS: David Threlfall & Rufus Hound star in Don Quixote in RSC spring 2016

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The Royal Shakespeare Company today announces the productions in its Stratford-upon-Avon spring/summer 400th anniversary season in 2016. The highlights are: Spring/Summer productions Royal Shakespeare Theatre A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: A PLAY FOR THE NATION, directed by Erica Whyman and co-produced with 14 amateur companies from every nation and region of the UK, opens in Stratford, before embarking on a nationwide …

Curse of the character actor? Antony Sher doubted he could play Falstaff

In Awards, Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Tonight, Antony Sher opens in the West End in RSC’s transfer of Death of a Salesman. But, as acclaimed as the production is, as important as it is in this centenary year of Arthur Miller’s birth, and as epic a part as the role of life’s underdog Willy Loman (who Sher plays) is, the truth […]

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Dear RSC: I’d like to return this Death of a Salesman. It just doesn’t fit. Apart from its unravelling from not being a Shakespeare play in your theatres over the 23 April ‘birthday weekend’ for the first time, the ‘perfect match’ between Willy Loman and tragic heroes like Coriolanus or Lear wasn’t knit together any […]

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Book Review: Year Of The Fat Knight by Antony Sher

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

It’s strangely comforting to realise that even the greatest actors have their fair share of fears and worries over their performances. Though most performers work hard to hide them, in his latest book Year of The Fat Knight Antony Sher (a Sir himself) confronts those feelings head on in a brilliantly honest and wonderfully engrossing diary that encompasses the days between the Gregory Doran deciding to direct the Henry plays and opening night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

RSC returning home to the London theatre that was built to its own specifications

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When the Barbican Centre first opened in 1982, one of its first resident companies was the Royal Shakespeare Company, who gave up their beloved West End addresses at the Aldwych and Donmar Warehouse to move there. The Barbican’s two theatre spaces that replaced them — the mainhouse Barbican Theatre and Pit respectively — were built specifically to and for the RSC’s specifications.
So it was hugely surprising, not to say foolhardy, when then artistic director Adrian Noble suddenly decided to withdraw the company from the building entirely in 2002, and become a company that peripatetically roamed all over the capital, hiring theatres as it needed them from the Noel Coward and Novello to the Roundhouse. It did particularly impressive work in reconfiguring the Roundhouse as a bespoke space for itself, but the company’s lack of a permanent presence in London damaged it greatly.

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Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

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In this new year gorgefest of lists, The Stage‘s annually compiled Stage 100 of the top influencers in theatre takes the cake. Launched in January 1997, The Stage 100 is now in its 19th year and always makes for fascinating reading – and, I’m sure, lots of behind the scenes disagreements on risers, fallers, inclusions and omissions. […]