Royal Shakespeare Company Sets 2015 Christmas Shows
Wendy & Peter Pan (13 Nov - 31 Jan) - Ella Hickson's retelling of JM Barrie's much loved book, is revived for family audiences at the end of the year with brand new music and new cast members. This critically acclaimed and spectacular production played to packed houses in 2013 and will be revived with the original set and costumes. It will be directed, as before, by Jonathan Munby, designed by Colin Richmond and lit by Oliver Fenwick.
In the Swan Theatre:
Queen Anne (19 Nov - 23 Jan) - Helen Edmundson's gripping new play about the relationship between Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough, directed by Natalie Abrahami. The title role will be played by Jodhi May (The Other Boleyn Girl) and Sarah, first Duchess of Marlborough is played by Natascha McElhone (Californication /The Truman Show).
Love for Love (28 Oct - 22 Jan) - Congreve's glorious Restoration comedy is performed for the first time by the RSC, where love for love is stronger than love for money is, directed by Selina Cadell.
Booking: 01789 403493 / www.rsc.org.uk
Take part in one of the many EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES in the building. Take the lift to the top of the theatre Tower and look out over Shakespeare's home town from the 32 m high viewing platform.
Visitors can discover magical fairies and sprites caught in jam jars around the theatre as part of Sprite Symphony is an arts installation created by Davy and Kristin McGuire.
In the PACCAR Room, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, audiences can explore the world of Wendy & Peter Pan through the eyes of artists and illustrators in new exhibition Make-believe: the art of Neverland. Generations of children and families have been influenced by the many wonderful illustrations that have been part of the story since it was first published. In this exhibition artists have transformed the story, book and page into new artworks. The exhibition includes work by Paula Rego, Tom Gallant and Béatrice Coron, as well as original costume and stage designs for the RSC production of Wendy & Peter Pan.
Eat in our acclaimed ROOFTOP RESTAURANT on the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and enjoy great views over the River Avon. Listed in the 2012 Good Food and Michelin Guides, the Rooftop Restaurant serves freshly-cooked, locally sourced modern British cuisine. The Rooftop also serves High Tea, Sunday brunch and evening cocktails. The Christmas menu is available from the 24 November.
Splash out on the ultimate theatre Christmas visit with an RSC VIP Theatre Experience. Packages include top price tickets for an RSC performance, a meal in the Rooftop Restaurant, champagne on arrival and a programme.Booking: 01789 403449 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Christmas party bookings now being taken). Alternatively, have delicious homemade sandwiches, cakes and soups in the RIVERSIDE CAFE on the ground floor. Open every day.
Browse round the RSC SHOP either in person or online at www.rsc.org.uk/shop
Discover our huge range of gift ideas, including jewellery, stationery, books, T shirts, Christmas decorations, toys, CDs, DVDs and merchandise from our shows. Including the newly released DVDs of last year's Christmas productions of Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing).
Alternatively, let your friend decide with an RSC Gift Voucher available in any denomination, valid for theatre tickets, Theatre Tours, Tower visits and Membership subscription.
You can also buy £25 Gift Vouchers for our acclaimed Rooftop Restaurant.If you're after a gift for a young theatre lover, check out the BP 16 - 25 Shakespeare Pass. This offer is the cheapest possible way to enjoy five shows (not just Shakespeare) at the RSC. For £20 you can see five RSC shows in Stratford-upon-Avon throughout the year. Tickets can be redeemed by calling the box office on 01789 403493, or by visiting in person. Stay at the boutique ARDEN HOTEL, opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Eden Hotel Collection has refurbished this historic hotel on Waterside in Stratford-upon-Avon which is just a short stroll from the RSC's theatres. Rooms have great views over the river and there are new bar and restaurant facilities. Booking: 01789 298682 or www.theardenhotelstratford.com. ON ELSEWHERE See the RSC's Olivier Award winning musical in London. Matilda The Musical - the RSC's adaptation of Roald Dahl's book with music by Tim Minchin continues its hugely successful run at the Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden.
This winter at the Barbican, Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director, continues his exploration through Shakespeare's History plays as he directs Henry V. Alex Hassell, who played Prince Hal in both productions of Henry IV and recently played Biff Loman in Doran's production of Death of a Salesman, plays the title role of King Henry. Doran's History tetralogy culminates in January 2016 at the Barbican in London, with a major theatrical event marking the start of the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death, King & Country, a complete 4-play season cycle of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V playing in repertoire. www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/king-and-country