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The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has confirmed that it will stage a ten-week repertoire of six plays by William Shakespeare at the Roundhouse Theatre, in Chalk Farm, north London, from 30 Nov 2010 to 5 Feb 2011.
The RSC will also stage another two Shakespeare plays specially adapted for children and families.
Public Booking opens Friday 10 Sep 2010.
The full-scale productions are Romeo and Juliet; Antony and Cleopatra; The Winter’s Tale; Julius Caesar ; As You Like It; King Lear. This is the first chance London audiences will have to see the RSC’s current 44-strong ensemble, who have been working together in Stratford-upon-Avon since January 2009.
The two Young People’s Shakespeare (YPS) productions created especially for children and families are Hamlet, directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and The Comedy of Errors (in association with Told by an Idiot), directed by Paul Hunter.
The RSC had a successful Histories Season at the Roundhouse Theatre in 2008, and will once again construct a specially-built thrust stage with a 750 seat auditorium wrapped around it, within the columns of the iconic Roundhouse. The auditorium emulates Stratford’s temporary 1000 seat Courtyard Theatre where the productions originate and which is the template for what will be the new configuration of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage, due to reopen in late 2010.
Dates of the six full-scale productions are...
Romeo & Juliet, directed by Rupert Goold, opens in repertoire 2 Dec 2010, following previews from 30 Nov - running to 1 Jan 2011.
Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Michael Boyd, opens in repertoire 10 Dec 2010, following previews from 8 Dec - running to 30 Dec 2010.
The Winter's tale, directed by David Farr, opens in repertoire 16 Dec 2010, following previews from 14 Dec - running to 1 Jan 2011.
Julius Caesar, directed by Lucy Bailey, opens in repertoire 06 Jan 2011, following previews from 10 Jan - running to 5 Feb 2011.
As You Like It, directed by Michael Boyd, opens in repertoire 17 Jan 2011, following previews from 13 Jan - running to 5 Feb 2011.
King Lear, directed by David Farr, opens in repertoire 25 Jan 2011, following previews from 21 Jan - running to 4 Feb 2011.