RSC Celebrates New Leadership, JULIUS CAESAR and MATILDA in NY This Spring
With a new leadership team of Gregory Doran, Artistic Director, and Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, at the helm, the Royal Shakespeare Company returns to New York this spring with two productions, Julius Caesar and Matilda the Musical. Both began their lives at the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon home and reflect the Company's continuing commitment to Shakespeare and the work of contemporary playwrights and theatre artists, as it celebrates one hundred years of touring work from Shakespeare's birthplace to the US.
The RSC's new Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs his searing production of Shakespeare's great political thriller, Julius Caesar, set in contemporary Africa, at BAM's Harvey Theater, from April 10 - 28, presented by BAM, the RSC and The Ohio State University, following acclaimed runs in Stratford, London, on tour around the UK and to Moscow. The production will then travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play May 1-5 at the Southern Theatre, presented by The Ohio State University and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). The company includes Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Antony and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar.
And on Broadway, the RSC and the Dodgers present Matilda the Musical, at the Shubert Theatre, directed by Matthew Warchus, with book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Matilda the Musical is currently in previews and opens on April 11. The RSC first began work on the idea of a musical based on Roald Dahl's book, Matilda, in 2003, after initial approaches by the Dahl Estate. After years of R&D, Matilda the Musical premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, then opened in London's West End in October 2011, winning a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, alongside twenty other theatre awards in the UK.
The RSC was last in New York in the summer of 2011, with a repertoire of seven Shakespeare titles, played by a single company of actors, presented by Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in association with The Ohio State University, on the specially-constructed thrust stage replica of the Company's Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Future plans include a collaboration with The Public Theater and Miami's GableStage on a production of Antony and Cleopatra, edited and directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney and set against the backdrop of Saint-Domingue on the eve of the Haitian Revolution against the French, which plays Miami and New York in early 2014; as well as a program with New York City's Department of Education to share the RSC's active teaching approaches to Shakespeare, including the distribution of a filmed version of the Company's Young People's Shakespeare production of King Lear to more than one million New York City school students in November 2013. The Royal Shakespeare Company in America is presented in collaboration with The Ohio State University, with whom the Company also continues its collaboration on a major education program for teachers.
The RSC's new Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, took up his post in September 2012, the culmination of a long career at the RSC, firstly as an actor and assistant director, then from 2006 as Chief Associate Director. He has directed many acclaimed productions and led seasons of work exploring seldom-performed classics. He won an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement of the Year in 2002 for his Jacobean season, the Whatsonstage Best Regional Production and Theatre Event of the Year in 2009 for his production of Hamlet, with David Tennant in the title role, and was given the Sam Wanamaker Award in 2012.