Tag: RSC

  • Richard III (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Richard III (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    At the end of Gregory Doran’s Richard III, the conclusion to the RSC’s latest stab at the first tetralogy, the enormous tower that stood as backdrop to Stephen Brimson Lewis’s set was revealed to be a monument. As Nicholas Armfield’s Richmond announced the joining of the white and red roses, a wreath made up of […]

  • The Wars of the Roses (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    The Wars of the Roses (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    In the foyers of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Jack Cade’s face stared out from wanted posters. As the production itself began, Aaron Sidwell’s rebel stumbled across the stage, followed by the roaring mob who Clifford and Buckingham had earlier sent after their erstwhile leader. They caught and tore apart Cade bodily on the stage, holding up his […]

  • Henry VI: Rebellion (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Henry VI: Rebellion (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    The unique problem facing any stand-alone production of Henry VI, Part 2 is the suspended ending. Other plays that are part of a sequence – 3 Henry VI, 1 Henry IV, for instance – still manage to reach a point of conclusion or at least pause; 2 Henry VI, by contrast, spends its running time setting up the board for […]

  • Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) via BBC iPlayer

    Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) via BBC iPlayer

    Roy Alexander Weise’s Much Ado about Nothing is a landmark RSC production in several respects. It’s the first full-scale main-stage production directed by a Black director at the RSC (in 2022!), and the first ‘repeat’ production to interrupt the RSC’s now eight-year project to stage the whole canon. The filmed version of the production also deviates from […]

  • The Comedy of Errors (RSC) @ The Lydia & Manfred Gordy Garden Theatre

    The Comedy of Errors (RSC) @ The Lydia & Manfred Gordy Garden Theatre

    ‘Capitalism!’ crooned the four-strong Chorus who provided an acapella doo-wop score for Phillip Breen’s Comedy of Errors. Errors isn’t a play which demands a subtle approach, and the singers identifying the core interpretive ethos of this production offered a nice punchline, as on-the-nose as the punches that repeatedly landed on both Dromios’ faces. In a play which traces the exchanges (successful […]

  • Henry V (RSC/Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre) @ Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (archival recording)

    Henry V (RSC/Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre) @ Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (archival recording)

    The RSC’s Folio Translation Project, designed to create new Chinese-language translations of the canon, began in 2016 with Owen Horsley’s production of So Kwok Wan’s translation of Henry V. Made available to delegates at the World Shakespeare Congress, the film of the production captures a lean, contemporary take on the play that is unmistakably RSC in its aesthetic (dark backgrounds, […]

  • Henry VI Part One Open Rehearsal Project (RSC): Run-through (online)

    Henry VI Part One Open Rehearsal Project (RSC): Run-through (online)

    The three weeks of the RSC 1 Henry VI Open Rehearsal Project – previously discussed on The Bardathon here – culminated on June 23rd with a full rehearsal run through in the Swan rehearsal rooms, as the midsummer light waned through the windows around the room. Running at a stripped-down two hours, this was still a fundamentally whole 1 Henry VI, making […]

  • Henry VI, Part One Open Rehearsal Project (RSC): 17 June 2021 rehearsals (online)

    Henry VI, Part One Open Rehearsal Project (RSC): 17 June 2021 rehearsals (online)

    The RSC has been cautious about its reopening in summer 2021. Where other theatres are beginning to tentatively let socially distanced crowds back into their buildings, the RSC has committed instead to a different kind of programme and a different kind of co-presence. The upcoming The Comedy of Errors will make use of the theatre’s unique location, […]

  • The Winter’s Tale (RSC) via BBC iPlayer

    The Winter’s Tale (RSC) via BBC iPlayer

    It’s become customary to see theatre shows performed in empty auditoria over the last year, but perhaps none quite so grandly empty as the RSC’s new Winter’s Tale. This is a production that has skipped over its own ‘gap of time’ – fully rehearsed but pulled just before it was due to open back in 2020 by the […]

  • Dream Online (RSC) (live-stream)

    Dream Online (RSC) (live-stream)

    In the post-show talk-back for the RSC’s online virtual-reality Dream, the creative team talked enthusiastically about the ‘potential’ of the medium for creating digital theatre productions with open-ended narrative and global interactivity with mass audiences. ‘Potential’ feels like the best word to describe this Dream: a diverting experiment with some beautiful visuals and music, but which felt […]