Fantastic reviews for The Winter's Tale
Plays in Repertoire until Saturday 3 October 2009
The Winter's Tale, the first play in the Summer 09 Stratford-upon-Avon Season, opened in April to fantastic reviews.
'Outstanding...Greg Hicks in a truly tremendous performance' Daily Telegraph
'A strong, stirring start for the RSC's new ensemble' Times
'David Farr's magical production...magnificent ensemble acting' Observer
Five star reviews for The Tempest
'This is as moving and beautiful a production of Shakespeare's last play as you are likely to encounter, continually inventive, bursting with spectacle and deep emotion...Magical, magnificent and deeply felt, this is a Tempest not to miss' Telegraph
'Antony Sher's superb Prospero' Guardian
'John Kani finds great dignity in Caliban' Telegraph
'Visual excitement bubbles away from the start' Times
To find out more about the production, visit the RSC website. The Tempest plays in Stratford until 14 March where ticket availability is now low before touring to venues across the UK including Richmond, Leeds, Bath, Nottingham and Sheffield until 25 April 2009.
The RSC Ensemble 2009-11
Booking is now open for the RSC Ensemble 2009-2011, which will see a new acting company work together for over two years, this time to present a repertoire of Shakespeare and new writing. New productions of The Winter's Tale, As You Like It and Julius Caesar will be performed in repertoire with two new plays, The Drunks and The Grain Store, which signal the beginning of a strand of work entitled Other Russia: a major exploration of the culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union countries. Casting for the 2009-2011 Ensemble is now underway. There is direct continuity from The Histories with Katy Stephens, Clive Wood and Forbes Masson all returning to the Company. Other names now confirmed include Greg Hicks (Macbeth, Hamlet 2004, Coriolanus 2003), Kelly Hunter (King John 2001), Noma Dumezweni (Breakfast with Mugabe 2005), Mariah Gale (Ophelia in the current production of Hamlet) and newly appointed RSC Artistic Associate Kathryn Hunter -
About The Histories Ensemble
From July 2006-May 2008 one company of 34 actors presented Shakespeare's cycle or eight History Plays to public and critical acclaim. 'A breathtakingly successful experiment in the revival of ensemble theatre' Guardian 'The RSC is a company that is uniquely placed to give a cohesive vision to an entire body of work and to build and nurture a tremendous acting ensemble to give it an overwhelmingly intense physical and psychological voice' Sunday Express 'Some of the greatest acting, in some of the most imaginative and rigorous productions, that I have experienced in more than 30 years of professional theatre-going' Daily Telegraph -