The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0048 Saturday, 18 February 2006
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2006
Subject: Royal Shakespeare Company Announces Complete Works Season
Royal Shakespeare Company Announces Complete Works Season
By John Nathan
09 Feb 2006
The Royal Shakespeare has announced the full program for its highly
anticipated Complete Works season.
The ambitious year-long festival launches on Shakespeare's birthday,
April 23, and features 23 RSC shows, 17 international productions and a
further 14 productions by U.K. theatre companies.
It is the first time that all of Shakespeare's 37 plays, as well as his
sonnets and poems, will be performed during the same event. The latest
announcement confirms Geoffrey Streatfeild (The History Boys), Chuk
Iwuji and Jonathan Slinger (currently playing Puck in the West End
transfer of the RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream) in the title roles of,
respectively, Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III. The RSC's artistic
director Michael Boyd said, "With visiting companies from almost every
continent, this is a real opportunity to extend our relationships with
audiences and artists from around the world. As well as a platform to
celebrate our own work, the festival is a conscious attempt to showcase
and explore the way different cultures, languages, styles of theatre and
art forms approach Shakespeare." Of the international contributions New
York's Tiny Ninja Theatre will perform Hamlet for the first time in the
U.K. using inch-high ninja figurines. There is also room in the festival
for a life-sized production of the tragedy at Stratford's Swan Theatre.
Boyd went on to say, "Like any great festival, there's plenty of
opportunity to experiment and stumble across the new. There's enough in
this year to cover all tastes, but in the process you might also
experience the Sky Orchestra floating over Stratford in hot air
balloons, or catch the Tiny Ninja's unique take on Hamlet." At the
festival's launch a series of special events are planned celebrating
Shakespeare's birthday, including a Montague vs. Capulet soccer game.
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