News and Reviews in and around Stratford-upon-Avon

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

Imperium at the RSC

Following his successful adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, Mike Poulton has turned to the power politics of Ancient Rome in Robert Harris’s best selling Cicero trilogy.

Imperium follows Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, through power struggles, civil wars, triumphs and disasters.

Staged as 6 plays presented in 2 performances each with 2 intervals, Imperium runs in The Swan Theatre until 10 Feb. It us directed by Gregory Doran and has been highly praised by the critics.

December 19th, 2017 by tim

Twelfth Night at the RSC

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night opened at the RSC on November 2nd and stars Kara Tointon and Adrian Edmondson.  It runs until Feb 24th.

November 7th, 2017 by tim

Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives at the RSC in 2018

Three big new productions of popular Shakespeare plays have been announced for the 2018 season.

Macbeth with Christopher Eccleston in the title role opens on March 13th.

A new production of Romeo and Juliet opens on April 21st.

The Merry Wives of Windsor with David Troughton as Falstaff opens on August 4th.

September 13th, 2017 by tim

Warwick Words History Festival

This is only the second year for this festival and they are building on last year’s success with some great guest writers – Sarah Dunant, Lucinda Hawksley, Dan Jones, Alexander McCall Smith, Charles Spencer and A N Wilson amongst others.

The festival takes place October 2-8 plus there is a series of Teatime Talks in November from the 4-25.
The local history project for 2017 is IN AND AROUND WARWICK.

As well as talks by writers there are all sorts of interesting presentations, tours and quizzes including:
Jane Austen Tea in the Ballroom
Lenin the Dictator
George Eliot and Warwickshire
Kitchen Life of the Tudors
Plants to Pills

Events take place in and around Warwick – many at the historic Lord Leycester Hospital.

Give us a call at for more information.

August 29th, 2017 by tim

September at the RSC

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus opens in the RST on September 15th – a “full throttle war play” that transports us back to the emergence of Rome.

Also opening on September 15th is Marlowe’s play Dido, Queen of Carthage in the Swan Theatre.

The Mischief Festival from September 7- 30 is in the Studio Theatre at The Other Place.

July 26th, 2017 by tim

The RSC in June

There are three very different dramas to choose from at the RSC next month:

SALOME by Oscar Wilde
a poetic masterpiece
2 June – 6 Sept

VICE VERSA by Phil Porter
a side-splitting comedy romp
June – 9 Sept

Shakespeare’s gory revenge play
23 June – 19 Jan

May 19th, 2017 by tim

Stratford River Festival 2017

For two whole days the riverside comes alive with free events and activities plus food, music and fireworks.

Put the dates in your diary – July 1st and 2nd.

May 15th, 2017 by tim

Stratford ArtsHouse

What’s on in May?

Highlights next month include three time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman featuring the songs of Bernstein and Sondheim, The All Star Comedy Stand up tour and tribute acts ‘Absolute Blondie‘, The Jerseys and The Johnny Cash Roadshow.

Call the Box Office on 01789 207100 for tickets.

April 24th, 2017 by tim