Royal Shakespeare Company

  1. RSC 'desperately disappointed' at tier 3 move

    The Royal Shakespeare Company has said it's "desperately disappointed" to hear Warwickshire will move into tier three restrictions after lockdown.

    It said: "We know audiences want to come and be welcomed back into the theatre."

    It added it had "worked hard over many weeks to put strong safety measures in place ready for that moment".

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    The RSC said all tickets for its winter events had been sold, and instead it would go ahead with plans to stream them online.

    The theatre said it would now "look forward optimistically to 2021", but that today's announcement meant "further difficulties and hardship to theatres and freelance colleagues around the country on top of those already faced over the last eight months".

  2. Coronavirus: RSC welcomes £1.57bn government support

    The Royal Shakespeare Company has welcomed a £1.57bn government support package to help protect the futures of UK theatres, galleries, museums and other cultural venues.

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    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said new grants and loans aimed to preserve "crown jewels" in the UK's art sector as well as local venues.

    It follows several weeks of pressure, with industry leaders warning that many venues were on the brink of collapse.

    A joint statement Statement from RSC Executive Director, Catherine Mallyon and Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, said the government and many in the arts and culture sector had "worked together to demonstrate the critical role the arts play in our economic wellbeing and public life."

    Quote Message: We hope this investment will provide meaningful support for the whole sector: for the skilled workforce who create world-class theatre, and for theatres and companies at every scale throughout the UK. We are all ready to be part of a powerful civic, emotional and economic recovery for the country, and will be invaluable contributors to the UK’s ability to re-emerge from the pandemic locally, nationally and on a world stage." from RSC statement
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  3. Royal Shakespeare Company performs Barnard Castle poem

    Actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) have voiced a poem about Barnard Castle in lockdown.

    To mark the lockdown experience, 40 members of the Witham arts centre team in Barnard Castle, including staff, trustees volunteers and friends, contributed a single sentence which poet Meg Peacocke wove into a poem called Barney Voices.

    The six actors

    The Witham arts centre in the town previously worked with the RSC in 2016 as part of the theatre company's Midsummer Night's Dream tour, and enlisted some of its actors to help bring the poem to life. The six actors were in the final stages of rehearsals for Erica Whyman’s new production of The Winter’s Tale when the UK went into lockdown in March.

    Ms Whyman said the poem "captures a huge range of emotions which many will recognise from the roller-coaster of recent weeks".

    Susan Coffer, centre manager of The Witham, said: “When I first read Barney Voices, I instantly felt it deserved to be heard and who better to speak the verse than RSC actors? I approached Erica knowing her affection for Barnard Castle, having previously worked with local performers. She was immediately on board with the idea and I’m hugely grateful to her and the actors for generously giving their time and making this happen."

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    Video caption: Shakespeare Day 2020: Dame Judi Dench reads from Richard II

    To mark Shakespeare Day 2020, some of Britain’s most famous Shakespearean actors, including Dame Judi Dench, read from an excerpt of Richard II.

  5. RSC puts plays online

    The Royal Shakespeare Company has made 17 productions available to watch online.

    They include Richard II with David Tennant, Hamlet and Othello.

  6. RSC working on 'exciting opportunities'

    The Royal Shakespeare company is among arts organisations working on helping parents and children after schools close on Friday.

    It said it hopes to have some "exciting opportunities" coming up.

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  7. Theatres close in a bit to slow down coronavirus spread.

    The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is among many theatres in the West Midlands to shut after PM Boris Johnson advised people to avoid such venues.

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    "You should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues," he said.

    However, he stopped short of forcing venues to close, leaving some in the affected industries in limbo.

    The closure will be for an "undetermined period of time," said the RSC, and includes all activity at the Stratford-upom-Avon theatres as well as productions on tour.

  8. In pictures: The Boy In The Dress stage show launches

    A musical of David Walliams's first book, The Boy in The Dress, had its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon last night.

    David Walliams and Robbie Williams

    The story follows a 12-year-old boy called Dennis, who discovers he likes to wear dresses.

    Friend and fellow X-Factor judge Robbie Williams, who created the songs for the show, joined him at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

    Robbie Williams
    Boy in the dress production
  9. RSC performances to go ahead

    Tonight's performances at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon will to ahead "at present" the Royal Shakespeare Company has said.

    Waterside in the town has been closed for the deployment of flood barriers close to the theatre.

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    The River Avon is expected to reach its peak at about 19:30, said the Environment Agency.

    Theatre goers who can't make it due to flooding should contact the box office to arrange refunds or exchanges, the Royal Shakespeare Company said.

    It also advised people to allow extra time to get through the road closures.