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DUNSINANE to Replace ENRICO IV in Shakespeare Theatre's 2014-15 Season

DUNSINANE to Replace ENRICO IV in Shakespeare Theatre's 2014-15 Season

The Shakespeare Theatre Company announces the addition of David Greig's Dunsinane from the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company to its upcoming 2014-2015 Season. This international production, which has toured Scotland, the U.K., Russia and China, will replace the previously announced production of Enrico IV, slated for spring 2015.

"We have been honored with the opportunity to bring this highly acclaimed production to Washington," says Artistic Director Michael Kahn. "Dunsinane is a timely and powerful piece, and one that serves our mission to produce works inspired by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, delivered in a modern voice. This is a play that will resonate with today's audiences."

A dramatic sequel to Shakespeare's Macbeth, Dunsinane is a vision of one man's attempt to restore peace in a country ravaged by war, and examines the struggle of an alien invader to grasp local customs and politics while trying to establish order. This production continues the relationship between the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the National Theatre of Scotland, which includes the highly praised Presentation Series performance of Black Watch and David Greig's play-in-a-pub, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, presented at the Bier Baron tavern.

The choice to replace Enrico IV is based on the limited availability of Dunsinane, and the importance of bringing this international work to D.C. audiences. Current STC patrons are being made aware of the scheduling change.

The STC Presentation Series for 2014-2015 will include two productions by the Isango Ensemble from South Africa. Mozart's opera The Magic Flute and Shakespeare's epic love poem Venus and Adonis will play in repertory at the Lansburgh Theatre September 12-21, 2014. The Isango Ensemble's unique performances reset Western theatre classics within a South African township, utilizing music, dance and elements of South African heritage. Their productions speak to a broad and open-minded multicultural audience and have played to sold-out theatres around the world.

New subscriptions are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 202.547.1122. More information about the season can be found at ShakespeareTheatre.org.

Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has become one of the nation's leading theatre companies. Today, STC is synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Managing Director Chris Jennings, STC's innovative approach to Shakespeare and other classic playwrights has earned it the reputation as the nation's premier classical theatre company. By focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the playwrights he influenced, the Company's artistic mission is unique among theatre companies: to present theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their work through a 21st-century lens.

A leader in arts education, STC has a stable of initiatives that teach and excite learners of all ages, from school programs and acting classes to discussion series as well as accessible programs like the annual Free For All, one of STC's most beloved annual traditions, allowing audiences to experience Shakespeare at no charge.

Located in our nation's capital, STC performs in two theatres, the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall in downtown Washington, D.C., creating a dynamic, cultural hub of activity that showcases STC as well as outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations. STC moved into the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre in March 1992, after six years in residency in the Folger Library's Elizabethan theatre. At that time the Penn Quarter neighborhood was not considered desirable by many; since then, STC has helped drive its revitalization. The 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall opened in October 2007.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY'S 2014-2015 SEASON:

2014 Free For All

William Shakespeare's

The Winter's Tale

Original direction by Rebecca Taichman

Remount directed by Alan Paul

Sidney Harman Hall

August 19-31, 2014

STC Presentation Series:

Isango Ensemble Repertory

The Magic Flute & Venus and Adonis

Lansburgh Theatre

September 12-21, 2014

William Shakespeare's

As You Like It

Directed by Michael Attenborough

Lansburgh Theatre

October 28-December 7, 2014

William Shakespeare's

The Tempest

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

Sidney Harman Hall

December 2, 2014-January 11, 2015

Alexis Piron's

The Metromaniacs

Translated and adapted by David Ives

Directed by Michael Kahn

Lansburgh Theatre

February 3-March 8, 2015

David Greig's

Dunsinane

Directed by Roxana Silbert

Sidney Harman Hall

From the National Theatre of Scotland & Royal Shakespeare Company

February 4-21, 2015

Man of La Mancha

Book by Dale Wasserman

Lyrics by Joe Darion

Composed by Mitch Leigh

Directed by Alan Paul

Sidney Harman Hall

March 17-April 26, 2015

Molière's

Tartuffe

Directed by Dominique Serrand

Sidney Harman Hall

June 2-July 5, 2015

*Plays, artists and dates are subject to change. Box Office: 202.547.1122 (voice); TTY: 202.638.3863; Toll Free: 877.487.8849 or online at ShakespeareTheatre.org.

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