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Construction work begins on RSC costume workshop

A fundraising effort to restore and redevelop the Royal Shakespeare Company's costume workshop has been reached, the organisation has announced.

Ian McKellen
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Work is set to start on the development in Stratford-upon-Avon after the completion of the £3m "Stitch in Time" campaign.

The demolition of some buildings on the site, which is located on Waterside opposite the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres, has already taken place.

The redevelopment will "create the best facilities for costume-making in a working environment fit for the 21st Century", said the RSC.

RSC adapts David Walliams book

Comedian and children's author David Walliams has announced the dramatisation of his book 'The Boy in the Dress' by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

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Mr Walliams said he was "thrilled" by the adaption of his first book which follows 12-year-old Dennis as he realises that as well as football, he also loves yellow dresses.

The play will run at the Stratford-upon-Avon theatre from November 2019 until March 2020, featuring original songs by Robbie Williams.

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Royal Shakespeare murals to 'attract diverse audiences'

Romeo and Juliet mural
Jasmine Thompson

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has installed giant murals depicting suffragettes and #MeToo campaigners in order to "attract a younger, more diverse audience".

The artwork - Love As A Revolution - by Jasmine Thompson, 24, was originally shown in Stratford-upon-Avon but has been recreated in the Barbican for the RSC's London season.

Ms Thompson said it was an "honour to recreate the work a second time".

Toni Racklin, from the Barbican, said it was "great to bring it here".

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