News and Reviews in and around Stratford-upon-Avon

Troilus and Cressida at the RSC

Director Gregory Doran offers a satirical futuristic vision of this Trojan War play with virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie providing a soundscape.
Troilus and Cressida plays in the main theatre until Nov 17th.

October 19th, 2018 by tim

New at the RSC – Tamburlaine and Tartuffe

Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe is at the RSC until December 1st.  Directed by Michael Boyd, this portrait of power at its most charismatic and violent may not be for the faint-hearted, promising extravagant savagery, blood soaked fantasy, gun shots, smoke effects and scenes that may cause distress!

By contrast, a new version of Tartuffeby Molière runs at The Swan Theatrefrom September 7th to February 23rd.  Moliere’s classic satire is brought up to date by Emmy Award winning comedy writers Anil Guptaand Richard Pinto.

September 3rd, 2018 by tim

Miss Littlewood at the RSC

Sam Kenton’snew musical tells the story of anti-establishment theatre visionary Joan Littlewood.
The role of Joan is presented by seven different actors and reviews have been great (‘A fun filled witty new musical’ ***** WHATSONSTAGE)
It plays at the Swan Theatreuntil August 4.

July 7th, 2018 by tim

Beer and Cider Festival

Organized by CAMRA, the Stratford upon avon Beer & Cider Festivalis a 2 day event being held from 6th July to 7th July 2018 at the Stratford On Avon Racecoursein Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. This event showcases beer, cider, hot food & live music as well as sparkling wine and a variety of food.

June 13th, 2018 by tim

Miss Littlewood at the RSC

A new musical about the life of Joan Littlewood, described as “the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre”, opens at the Swan Theatre on June 22nd.

Book, music and lyrics are by Sam Kenyon and it runs in Stratford upon Avon at the RSC until August 4th.

May 30th, 2018 by tim

Romeo and Juliet at the RSC

Shakespeare’s story of love at first sight divided by family ties plays in the main theatre until September 21 before transferring to London.

Romeo is played by Bally Gill and Juliet by Karen Fishwick.

April 26th, 2018 by tim

Stratford Literary Festival 2018

Love books, writing and reading?
Stratford’s 11th annual Literary Festival takes place at the Stratford Artshouse from Sunday April 22 to Sunday April 29.
Alongside education events involving local schools, there will be a week of debate, ideas, workshops and humour.  Celebrity author events include Jeremy Vine, Alan Johnson, Harry Hill, Louise Minchin, Rose Tremain and Harriet Hartman.

April 26th, 2018 by tim

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich at the RSC

Mary Pix’s 1700 comedy of manners is at The Swan Theatre until June 14th.
Widow of a wealthy banker, Mrs Rich craves acceptance as a woman of quality and entry into high society.  The play is about snobbery, social aspiration and a cruel deception – it has loud bangs, two dogs and lots of fun.

If you’re visiting Stratford on April 21st, you can enjoy the town’s Shakespeare birthday celebrations including performances, a parade and a party.

April 8th, 2018 by tim

Macbeth at the RSC

Tickets are selling fast but if you are quick, you may get to see Christopher Eccleston’s debut at the RSC as Macbeth.  Niamh Cusack stars as his wife and Shakespeare’s best known tragedy runs from 13 March to 18 September.

February 14th, 2018 by tim

Duchess of Malfi

John Webster’s play ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ opens at the RSC on March 1st in the Swan Theatre.

Webster was born 16 years after Shakespeare.  You may remember him from the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ portrayed as the young street urchin who enjoys feeding live mice to cats.

The characters in Webster’s plays tend to meet rather gruesome ends and in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, two corrupt brothers take revenge on their sister for marrying below her class.  The play is full of grotesque violence, toxic masculinity and dark humour.

Directed by Maria Aberg and starring Joan Iyiola as the Duchess, the play runs until August 3rd.

Ambleside Guest House is just a few minutes’ walk from the RSC.  Click here to view our rooms.

February 14th, 2018 by tim