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RSC 2006 Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1197  Tuesday, 12 July 2005

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jul 2005 01:54:35 -0700
Subject:        RSC Plans 2006 Festival, Will Stage Entire Canon

RSC hosts Shakespeare's complete works festival

July 11, 2005

http://www.rsc.org.uk/home/111_2146.asp

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to stage the biggest festival in its
history, inviting theatre companies from across the world and around the
UK to join the Company in a unique celebration of Shakespeare's complete
works.

 From April 2006 the RSC will host The Complete Works, a year-long
Festival of the entire Shakespeare canon at its Stratford-upon-Avon
home. The Festival embraces film, new writing, and contemporary music,
as well as a comprehensive survey of theatre artists currently
interpreting Shakespeare worldwide. The Complete Works will celebrate
the truly global reach of the greatest writer in the English language,
and will be the first time all 37 plays, the sonnets and the long poems
have been presented at the same event.

Fifteen of the productions in The Complete Works will be staged by the
RSC. They include: the start of a new cycle of Shakespeare's history
plays; the return of Patrick Stewart in The Tempest and Antony and
Cleopatra (with Harriet Walter); Merry Wives, a new musical adaptation
of The Merry Wives of Windsor starring Dame Judi Dench; and to close the
Festival, the return of Sir Ian McKellen as King Lear, directed by Sir
Trevor Nunn.

As well as celebrating RSC talent, the Festival will showcase
international artists like Peter Stein and Yukio Ninagawa who have made
a lasting impact on the performance of Shakespeare. Joining them will be
some of the UK's most exciting theatre artists and interpreters of
Shakespeare, with companies like Propeller, Kneehigh, aandbc, and
Forkbeard Fantasy all participating in The Complete Works.

Visiting companies from South and North America, Russia, the Middle
East, Asia, Africa and across Europe will explore Shakespeare's
continuing influence on cultures around the world. The Festival will
open up what the RSC intends will be a richer dialogue with
international theatre companies, promoting future collaborations
especially with other ensemble theatre makers.

Highlights among the visiting companies include:

- The Baxter Theatre Centre of South Africa presents Hamlet directed by
Janet Suzman with Rajesh Gopie in the title role, John Kani as Claudius
and Dorothy-Anne Gould as Gertrude, in its only UK performances.

- Peter Stein directs a British company of actors in a new production of
Troilus and Cressida (in association with Edinburgh International Festival)

- Yukio Ninagawa brings his Japanese Titus Andronicus to the RST, in
another UK premiere.

- M

 

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