The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0048  Saturday, 18 February 2006

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Saturday, February 18, 2006
Subject: 	Royal Shakespeare Company Announces Complete Works Season

Playbill News
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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