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.
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.
Miss Littlewood at the RSC
Sam Kenton’snew musical tells the story of anti-establishment theatre visionary Joan Littlewood.
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.
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.
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.
Stratford Literary Festival 2018
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The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich at the RSC
Mary Pix’s 1700 comedy of manners is at The Swan Theatre until June 14th.
If you’re visiting Stratford on April 21st, you can enjoy the town’s Shakespeare birthday celebrations including performances, a parade and a party.
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.
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.
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