Royal Shakespeare Company News

Natascha McElhone, Jodhi May to Star in New Play QUEEN ANNE at the RSC's Swan Theatre This WinterNatascha McElhone, Jodhi May to Star in New Play QUEEN ANNE at the RSC's Swan Theatre This Winter
by Jessica Khan - Jul 30, 2015

Natascha McElhone, perhaps best known for THE TRUMAN SHOW and the more recent TV series CALIFORNICATION, will star in Helen Edmundson's new play QUEEN ANNE at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre this winter. (more...)

Metta Theatre to Stage World Premiere of MOUTHFULMetta Theatre to Stage World Premiere of MOUTHFUL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Metta Theatre today announces the world premiere of Mouthful, the centrepiece of their 10th anniversary celebrations. Mouthful is a darkly comic and at times heartbreaking response to the global food crisis through six brand new plays from six of the world's leading dramatists - Lydia Adetunji, Bola Agbaje, Clare Bayley, Inua Ellams, Neil LaBute and Pedro Miguel Rozo. The playwrights, with support from a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, have teamed up with six world-renowned scientists - Professors Tim Benton, Kamal Bawa, Suzanne Filteau, Ilkka Hanski, Molly Jahn and Tim Lang to collaborate on this politically provocative and theatrically imaginative production. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of the Australian Premiere of MATILDA!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of the Australian Premiere of MATILDA!
by Stage Tube - Jul 28, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Withers, Michael Coppel & Michael Watt presents the Australian Premiere Season of Matilda the Musical, which commences performances from July 28 in Sydney.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Bard Heads to the Bayou for Ruby in the Dust's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMPhoto Flash: The Bard Heads to the Bayou for Ruby in the Dust's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

The magic of Shakespeare is derived from the fact that the renowned plays written by the Bard of Avon can nimbly be transported from London's Globe Theater in Elizabethan England to the spell-casting city of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. That's what Ruby In The Dust have done with their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, as they've taken the Bard to the bayou. Audiences who expect to hear the sound of the lute for musical accompaniment will be intrigued to listen to the jazz of Dr. John, who gave his approval for its inclusion, in this production. (more...)

Former Head of Stratford Festival, Robin Phillips Has DiedFormer Head of Stratford Festival, Robin Phillips Has Died
by Alan Henry - Jul 26, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that English actor/director Robin Phillips has died. Best known as a driving force behind the revitalization of Ontario's Stratford Festival in the 1970s, Phillips passed away yesterday, July 25, following a prolonged illness. He was 73. (more...)

Roger Rees Memorial Set for September 21 at The New Amsterdam TheatreRoger Rees Memorial Set for September 21 at The New Amsterdam Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

A memorial celebration of his life, which will be open to the public, has now been set for Monday, September 21, 2015 at 1pm at The New Amsterdam Theatre, currently home to Disney's ALADDIN.  (more...)

Brian Cox & Brian Murphy to Talk Shakespeare at Mirror Repertory Company, 7/26Brian Cox & Brian Murphy to Talk Shakespeare at Mirror Repertory Company, 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

The Tony-nominated Mirror Repertory Company - whose founders and early supporters include the late actresses Eva Le Gallienne and Geraldine Page along with Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino - will present its 10th annual summer season with the Greensboro Arts Alliance in Greensboro, Vermont, with a repertory of 4 plays and musicals in alternating repertory July 23-August 24 , it has been announced by Sabra Jones, the company's artistic director. (more...)

Directors Set for Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors RetreatDirectors Set for Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Six theatre directors will participate in the third Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles, France, July 31 through August 12. The Retreat is part of the Institute's year-round work with the theatre community and is one of 24 residency Labs the Institute hosts each year for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content. (more...)

Full Company Announced for Rose Theatre Kingston's THE WARS OF THE ROSESFull Company Announced for Rose Theatre Kingston's THE WARS OF THE ROSES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Rose Theatre Kingston today announces the full company for The Wars of the Roses. Trevor Nunn will direct Oscar Batterham (John Talbot/Son who killed his father), Freddy Carter (company), Kare Conradi (Dauphin/Edward IV), Oliver Cotton (Winchester/Clifford/Hastings), Jim Creighton (Burgandy/Simpcox/Stafford/Father who killed his son/Ely), Imogen Daines (Joan of Arc/Lady Bona/Lady Anne), Harry Egan (company), Alexandra Gilbreath (Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester/Elizabeth), Alexander Hanson (Richard, Duke of York/Buckingham), Rufus Hound (Bedford/Bolingbroke/Jack Cade/Rivers), James de Lauch Hay (company), Geoff Leesley (Exeter/Mortimer/Lord Mayor/Lt of the Tower), Owen Oakeshott (Somerset/Ratcliff), Joely Richardson (Margaret), Robert Sheehan (Alencon/Richard III), James Simmons (Talbot/John Hume/Norfolk/First Murderer), Laurence Spellman (Bastard of Orleans/Young Clifford/Richmond/Second Murderer), Susan Tracy (Margery Jourdain/Duchess of York), Alex Waldmann (Henry VI/Tyrrel), Timothy Walker (Warwick/Catesby), Andrew Woodall (Gloucester/Iden/Derby) and Michael Xavier (Suffolk/George of Clarence). (more...)

KING CHARLES III Set for UK Tour, This FallKING CHARLES III Set for UK Tour, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Following critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End, King Charles III embarks on a UK tour this autumn. Robert Powell will take on the role of King Charles. (more...)

Tickets to MATILDA THE MUSICAL at the Fabulous Fox on Sale 8/15Tickets to MATILDA THE MUSICAL at the Fabulous Fox on Sale 8/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Tickets will go on-sale Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. for the St. Louis premiere of TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL will be coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre October 21 - November 1. (more...)

Tim Minchin's MATILDA Musical Headed to the Big Screen with New MaterialTim Minchin's MATILDA Musical Headed to the Big Screen with New Material
by Jessica Showers - Jul 20, 2015

MATILDA THE MUSICAL is getting some new tunes for its silver screen debut! According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a movie version, for which composer/lyricist Tim Minchin is writing additional music, is currently in the works. (more...)

Susie Blake to Lead HANDBAGGED UK TourSusie Blake to Lead HANDBAGGED UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Susie Blake will play 'The Queen' in the Tricycle Theatre's Olivier award-winning production of Moira Buffini's West End hit comedy, Handbagged, which embarks on a major 13-week national tour this autumn from 9 September to 5 December 2015. (more...)

Cast Set for Sam Shepard's THE LATE HENRY MOSS at Southwark PlayhouseCast Set for Sam Shepard's THE LATE HENRY MOSS at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Two brothers, Earl and Ray, travel to Bernalillo New Mexico upon the mysterious death of their estranged father, Henry. Over a bottle of bourbon and a box of old photographs, they try to reconcile their very different childhood memories. Earl's version of Henry's death doesn't add up; so Ray determines to find the truth.  As Ray plays detective we encounter Henry's bizarre collection of friends as the story of his last days is uncovered. Family tensions are blown apart as Ray discovers more than he'd bargained for… (more...)

Michael Begley, Miria Parvin and Rebecca Thornhill Join West End's MATILDAMichael Begley, Miria Parvin and Rebecca Thornhill Join West End's MATILDA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Evie Hone and Lizzie Wells will join Anna-Louise Knight and Lara McDonnell in the title role of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical from Tuesday 15 September 2015. Joining the four actresses will be Michael Begley (Mr Wormwood), Miria Parvin (Miss Honey) and Rebecca Thornhill (Mrs Wormwood). Craige Els will continue in the role of Miss Trunchbull. (more...)

New Cast Announced For London MATILDA - Craige Els Continues As Miss Trunchbull!New Cast Announced For London MATILDA - Craige Els Continues As Miss Trunchbull!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

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MATILDA's Tim Minchin Sings and Talks 'Assiduously Ignoring' Conventional Musical RulesMATILDA's Tim Minchin Sings and Talks 'Assiduously Ignoring' Conventional Musical Rules
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Songwriter Tim Minchin recently stopped by Sydney to attend a launch party for his musical MATILDA. While there, not only did he talk about his creative process, but he also sang a bit of his score for the audience. Click here to watch the video! (more...)

McQUEEN to Receive West End TransferMcQUEEN to Receive West End Transfer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

McQUEEN, which received its world premiere in May at St. James Theatre, where it broke box office records, will transfer to London's West End, opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Thursday 27 August, following previews from 13 August, for a strictly limited season until 7 November. (more...)

'BASKERVILLE' Playwright Ken Ludwig Coming to The Old Globe for One-Night-Only Event'BASKERVILLE' Playwright Ken Ludwig Coming to The Old Globe for One-Night-Only Event
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

The Old Globe has announced an extra-special appearance-an hour-long interview/conversation with one of America's great comic playwrights, Ken Ludwig, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You-on Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. preview of his new and very popular play, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. (more...)

Sir Ian McKellen's Reddit AMA: On Shakespeare, LOTR, Boxers and MoreSir Ian McKellen's Reddit AMA: On Shakespeare, LOTR, Boxers and More
by Jessica Showers - Jul 16, 2015

Yesterday, stage and screen vet Ian McKellen did an AMA on reddit. As one would expect, it was chock-full of theatre stories and signature McKellen wit. (more...)

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