RSC confirm dates at Albery Theatre & other Events

RSC confirm dates at Albery Theatre & other Events

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced dates for their season at the Albery Theatre

Public Booking opens 6 Sep 2004

Hamlet , opens 23 Nov 2004, following previews from 18 Nov, closing 11 Dec 2004. Starring Toby Stephens (Hamlet). Directed by Michael Boyd, designed by Tom Piper, with lighting by Vince Herbert.
The King of Denmark is dead and has been succeeded by his brother Claudius who has also married Gertrude, the widowed Queen. Hamlet, Gertrude's son, is already distressed by his father's death and the hasty remarriage and when his father's ghost appears to tell him that he had been murdered by Claudius, Hamlet vows revenge.


Romeo and Juliet , opens 21 Dec 2004, following previews from 16 Dec, closing 8 Jan 2005. Starring Matthew Rhys (Romeo), Sian Brooke (Juliet). Directed by Peter Gill, designed by Simon Daw, with lighting by Hartley T A Kemp.
Despite a long-standing feud between the Montagues and the Capulets when Romeo, only son of the Montagues, meets Juliet, the Capulets' only daughter, he falls in love with her and she with him. With the help of Juliet's Nurse, they are married in secret by Friar Lawrence. Juliet's cousin Tybalt quarrels with Romeo and in the fight which ensues Mercutio is killed. Romeo avenges his friend's death and kills Tybalt, for which he is banished. Juliet learns that her parents plan to marry her to Count Paris. Distraught, she turns to Friar Lawrence, who gives her a drug which will make her appear to be dead. The intention is that her parents will place her in the family tomb and when she awakes from her drugged sleep, Romeo will be waiting to escape with her.


King Lear , opens 18 Jan 2005, following previews from 13 Jan, closing 5 Feb 2005. Starring Corin Redgrave (Lear). Directed by Bill Alexander, designed by Tom Piper, with lighting by Tim Mitchell.
Lear, King of Britain, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When Cordelia refuses to make a public declaration of love for her father she is disinherited and married to the King of France without a dowry. The Earl of Kent is banished by Lear for daring to defend her. The two elder daughters, Goneril and Regan, and their husbands inherit the kingdom.


Macbeth , opens 16 Feb 2005, following previews from 10 Feb, closing 5 Mar 2005. Starring Greg Hicks (Macbeth), Sian Thomas (Lady Macbeth). Directed by Dominic Cooke, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Peter Mumford.
Macbeth and Banquo, generals in the service of Duncan, King of Scotland, are returning victorious from battle when they are hailed by three witches who offer a prophesy. The first part of the prophesy is soon fulfilled and encouraged by this, and playing on her husband's ambition, Lady Macbeth persuades him to murder Duncan while he is a guest at their castle. Malcolm, Duncan's son and heir, flees to England for safety. Macbeth, now King of Scotland, has Banquo murdered in an attempt to secure his own position, but Banquo's ghost appears to him at a banquet. Macbeth visits the witches again. They warn him to beware of Macduff, a noble who has also fled to England, but assure him that he cannot be harmed by any man born of woman. Macbeth orders the murder of Macduff's wife and children.


Hecuba , by Euripides, in a new version by Tony Harrison, opens 7 April 2005, following previews from 1 April , closing 7 May 2005. Starring Vanessa Redgrave (Hecuba). Directed by Laurence Boswell, designed by Es Devlin.
The first great war between the east and the west is over. Troy has fallen and the victorious Greek coalition forces are on their way home. Hecuba, once queen of Troy, now a prisoner of war, is being transported back to Athens with other war booty, the women of Troy. Having lost her home, her husband and most of her children, what does this proud and brave woman do when she is asked by her captors to give up her daughter's life having discovered on the same day that her surviving son has been murdered?


RSC events at the Albery....

Sat 27 Nov 2004 / 11am - noon £5
Join a team of Artistic Directors, Actors and Academics in a round table discussion about the influence that Shakespeare has had on their lives, their work and the world.

RSC Season Directors and Assistant Directors talk about their productions.
Mon 22 Nov 2004 : Hamlet 5.30pm - 6pm
Mon 20 Dec 2004 : Romeo 6pm - 6.30pm
Mon 17 Jan 2005 : King Lear 5.30pm - 6pm
Tue 15 Feb 2005 : Macbeth 6pm - 6.30pm
Mon 06 Apr 2005 : Hecuba 6pm - 6.30pm

Join members of the cast and creative teams as they discuss reheasal and performance, the collaborative nature of their work and the choices made in preparation for bringing the play to life on stage
Sat 11 Dec 2004 : Hamlet 11am - Noon
Sat 22 Jan 2005 : King Lear 11am - Noon
Sat 19 Feb 2005 : Macbeth 11.30am - 12.30pm
Wed 27 Apr 2005 : Hecuba 12.30am - 1.30pm

Exploratory sessions with leading theatre practitioners examining the art of what they do through discussion and practical work
Sat 04 Dec 2004 : To Be Confirmed 11am - Noon
Sat 05 Feb 2005 : To Be Confirmed 11am - Noon
Sat 26 Feb 2005 : To Be Confirmed 11am - Noon
Wed 05 Mar 2005 : To Be Confirmed 11am - Noon

Four especially created sessions designed to suit school students and those in Further Education. Taking place directly before a show, each session will provide a detailed insight into the play on the page and the pratical process of making theatre. These sessions will be led by RSC Education with members of the acting company and production teams taking part
Wed 01 Dec 2004 : Hamlet 11am - Noon
Thu 27 Jan 2005 : King Lear 5pm - 6pm
Wed 23 Feb 2005 : Macbeth 11.30am - 12.30pm
Wed 02 Mar 2005 : Macbeth 11.30am - 12.30pm

A pre-performance session designed to introduce the story and language of the play to families and young people who are new to Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet
Sat 8 Jan 2005 : 11.30am - 12.30pm

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