For the first time the Royal Shakespeare Company will tour three of its productions in repertoire to six theatre across the UK from September 2019 to April 2020, playing for two weeks at each venue.
As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure will open in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from February to August 2019, before touring to Salford, Canterbury, Plymouth, Nottingham, Newcastle upon Tyne and Blackpool.
The company will feature 27 actors, who will each appear in two of the three productions. As You Like It is directed by Kimberley Sykes, The Taming of the Shrew by Justin Audibert, and Measure for Measure by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran. Set design for all three productions is by Stephen Brimson Lewis, Director of Design for the RSC.
Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director, said:
“We have worked hard to assemble a company of actors which reflects the nation in ways it has never done before. Featuring a 50/50 gender balanced ensemble, we have brought together talent from all corners of the United Kingdom, reflecting both the ethnic, geographical and cultural diversity of Britain today and those artists that are underrepresented on our stages. We want to create a season of work which places contemporary audiences at its heart, which speaks directly to the present moment.”
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