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HENRY V - Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 12 September – 25 October 2015

HECUBA - Swan Theatre: 17 September – 17 October 2015

LOVE FOR LOVE - Swan Theatre: 28 October 2015 – 22 January 2016 and QUEEN ANNE Swan Theatre: 19 November 2015 – 23 January 2016

WENDY & PETER PAN - Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 17 November - 31 January



2016 Spring/Summer productions





Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: 12 September – 25 October 2015

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon: 21 October 2015

Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director, continues his exploration through Shakespeare’s History plays as he directs Henry V, opening in Stratford-upon-Avon, before being broadcast to cinemas and transferring to the Barbican in London.


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. Following the Barbican season, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V tour to China and are then re-joined by Richard II in Spring 2016 for an exclusive season in the US, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).


The RSC is delighted to announce J.P. Morgan as the Global Tour Premier Partner for all four productions. J.P. Morgan will be supporting the upcoming tour in the UK, US and China where the RSC will perform Shakespeare’s History Plays. 


October 2015, also marks the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt whilst Henry V performs in Stratford-upon-Avon, bringing added resonance to the play which uses the battle as the famous centrepiece of Henry V’s reign.


With the start of rehearsals for Henry V, the RSC begins the first pilot in the initiative to produce new, theatrically viable, Chinese translations of all Shakespeare’s 36 plays, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the First Folio in 2023. The RSC will create the translations in collaboration with Chinese writers and translators, who will be embedded into the RSC’s rehearsal process. Professor Zhang Chong, from Shanghai’s Fudan University will be the translator for Henry V working alongside playwright and Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, Nick Yu.


The full cast for Henry V includes: Daniel Abbott (Gloucester/Monsieur le Fer); Martin Bassindale (Boy); Antony Byrne (Pistol); Sean Chapman (Exeter); Oliver Ford Davies (Chorus), Nicholas Gerard-Martin (Orleans/Bishop of Ely); Robert Gilbert (Dauphin); Alex Hassell (Henry V); Jim Hooper (Canterbury/Erpingham); Jennifer Kirby (Katherine); Jane Lapotaire (Queen Isobel); Sam Marks (Constable of France); Dale Mathurin (Bates/Bedford); Chris Middleton (Nym/Warwick/Governor of Harfleur); Evelyn Miller (Rambures/Lady-in-Waiting); Keith Osborn (Montjoy/Scroop); Sarah Parks (Mistress Quickly); Leigh Quinn (Alice); Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Fluellen); Simon Thorp (King of France); Obioma Ugoala (Grey/Gower); Andrew Westfield (Westmoreland/MacMorris) and Simon Yadoo (Cambridge/Williams/Jamy).


The Henry V Company will perform across all four plays of the King & Country cycle and are joined by David Tennant (Richard II); Julian Glover (John of Gaunt); Jasper Britton (Bolingbroke/Henry IV); Matthew Needham (Harry Percy/Hotspur/Mowbray) and Emma King (Lady-in-Waiting/Lady Mortimer/Doll Tearsheet).


The productions are designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. The music is composed by Paul Englishby with sound by Martin Slavin. The Movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the Fight director is Terry King.


Henry V will be broadcast ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinemas in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment on 21 October 2015


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Henry V press performances:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Tuesday 22 September 2015, 7pm
Barbican, London: Wednesday 11 November 2015, 7pm


Production Access Information:
Henry V
Captioned performances:
Thursday 8 October, 7.15pm – Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Wednesday 2 December, 7.15pm – Barbican

Audio Described performances:
Saturday 10 October, 7.15pm (Touch tour 5pm) – Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Saturday 24 October, 1.15pm (Touch tour 11am) – Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Wednesday 25 November, 7.15pm (Touch tour 5.15pm) - Barbican


BP £5 tickets and BP Shakespeare Pass for 16-25s

A new version by Marina Carr
Directed by Erica Whyman
Swan Theatre:
17 September – 17 October 2015
Press night: Thursday 24 September, 7pm


Full casting is announced for the Swan Theatre production of Marina Carr’s new play based on the epic tale of Hecuba, directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman with Derbhle Crotty in the title role, opening on Thursday 24 September 2015.  


Derbhle Crotty returns to the RSC to play Hecuba, having previously played Lady Macbeth and Lady Duncan in the 2007 repertory season of Macbeth and Ionesco’s Macbett. Derbhle is currently playing Bolingbroke/Henry IV in DruidShakespeare, which has played various venues in Ireland, New York and at the Kilkenny Festival. She is known for her film roles in Notes on a Scandal (2006), Rory O’Shea Was Here (2004) and Noble (2014).


Also returning is RSC Associate Artist Ray Fearon as Agamemnon, who has worked extensively with the RSC, most recently as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and as the title role in Othello (1999). His recent theatre credits include playing Macduff in Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival; Ray also appeared in the 2006 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Joining him is Edmund Kingsley who plays Polymestor. Edmund can currently be seen in the BBC 2 mini-series Life in Squares as John Maynard Keynes. His RSC credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Tempest, as part of the Complete Works Festival, Richard III, King John and Lord of the Flies. His film credits include Hugo (2011) and Stonehearst Asylum (2014).


The full cast includes: Nadia Albina (Cassandra); David Ajao (Nepotolemus); Derbhle Crotty (Hecuba); Ray Fearon (Agamemnon); Edmund Kingsley (Polymestor); Amy McAllister (Polyxena); Chu Omambala (Odysseus) and Lara Stubbs (Hecuba’s Woman).


Hecuba is designed by Soutra Gilmour with lighting by Charles Balfour. The music is composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge with sound by Andrew Franks. Movement is by Ayse Tashkiran.



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The BP £5 tickets and BP Shakespeare Pass for 16 – 25 year olds gives access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions whether we are performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour. The pass enables 16-25 year olds to see five shows in Stratford-upon-Avon for £20 – the cheapest way to enjoy shows at the RSC. Tickets can be booked in advance on the phone, online or in person with some available for sale on the day of the performance.  The scheme is supported by Project Partner, BP





By William Congreve
Directed by Selina Cadell
Swan Theatre:
28 October 2015 – 22 January 2016

Press night: Wednesday 4 November, 7pm



A new play by Helen Edmundson
Directed by Natalie Abrahami
Swan Theatre:
19 November 2015 – 23 January 2016
Press night: Thursday 26 November, 7pm


Full casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Congreve’s Love for Love and Helen Edmundson’s new play Queen Anne, both playing in repertory

in the Swan Theatre this Winter.


Love for Love is a glorious Restoration comedy, where love for love is stronger than love for money. This will be the first production of this play by the RSC and is directed by Selina Cadell who makes her RSC directorial debut. Playing the main character of Valentine, who finds himself at a standstill faced with his father’s displeasure and financial difficulties, is Tom Turner. Best known for playing Nate in Hollyoaks, Tom is also part of the comedy threesome 'The Grandees'; his other credits include TV series Pat & Cabbage. Playing his father Sir Sampson Legend is Nicholas Le Prevost, who returns to the RSC having previously played Benedick in the 2002 production Much Ado About Nothing. More recently he appeared in Man & Superman (National Theatre).


As previously announced, the title role of Queen Anne is played by Jodhi May, whose credits include The Other Boleyn Girl, Polar Bears (Donmar Warehouse) and the recent series of Game of Thrones. Joining her as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough is Natascha McElhone, who is most well-known for the films The Truman Show and Solaris. Playing her husband John Churchill is Robert Cavanah, who recently appeared in Emmerdale in the recurring role of Ian. His recent theatre credits include Men Should Weep (National Theatre) and Macbeth (Octagon Theatre, Bolton).


The full cast for Love for Love includes: Daisy Ashford (Nurse); Jonathan Broadbent (Tattle); Robert Cavanah (Scandal); Jonathan Christie (Servant); Daniel Easton (Ben Legend); Michael Fenton Stevens (Buckram); Hermione Gulliford (Mrs Foresight); Nicholas Le Prevost (Sir Sampson Legend); Justine Mitchell (Angelica); Hywel Morgan (Trapland); Carl Prekopp (Jeremy); Jenny Rainsford (Miss Prue); Elliott Ross (Servant); Michael Thomas (Old Foresight); Anna Tierney (Jenny); Tom Turner (Valentine Legend); Ragevan Vasan (Robin) and Zoe Waites (Mrs Frail).


The full cast for Queen Anne includes: Daisy Ashford (Lady Clarendon); Jonathan Broadbent (Robert Harley); Robert Cavanah (John Churchill); Jonathan Christie (Arthur Maynwearing); Daniel Easton (Colonel Masham); Michael Fenton Stevens (Dr John Radcliffe); Richard Hope (Sidney Godolphin); Jodhi May (Queen Anne); Natascha McElhone (Sarah Churchill); Hywel Morgan (Prince George of Denmark); Beth Park (Abigail Hill); Carl Prekopp (Defoe/William III); Jenny Rainsford (Jezebel/Lady-in-Waiting); Elliott Ross (Jack Churchill); Anna Tierney (Lady Somerset); Tom Turner (Jonathan Swift) and Ragevan Vasan (Groom).


Love for Love set design is by Tom Piper with costume design by Rosalind Ebbutt, lighting by Vince Herbert. The music is composed by Eliza Thompson with sound by Claire Windsor. Movement is by Stuart Sweeting.


Queen Anne is designed by Hannah Clark with lighting by Charles Balfour. The music and sound is by Ben and Max Ringham. Movement is by Ann Yee and video by Will Duke.





By Ella Hickson


Adapted from the novel by JM Barrie


Directed by Jonathan Munby

Royal Shakespeare Theatre:
17 November 2015 – 31 January 2016
Press night: Wednesday 25 November, 7pm


Full casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) family winter production of Wendy & Peter Pan. A magical adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic novel by Ella Hickson, the show returns to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre following the productions acclaimed success in 2013.


Returning to the company is Fiona Button as Wendy and Charlotte Mills as Tink. New to the production and joining them is Darrell D’Silva as Captain Hook and Rhys Rusbatch as Peter Pan.


RSC Associate Artist Darrell D’Silva returns to the company having most recently been part of the world tour of Dunsinane (RSC/NTS). His extensive RSC credits also include Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear and Little Eagles. His other theatre credits include Public Enemy (Young Vic), Children’s Children (Almeida) and Hedda Gabler (Old Vic). His TV credits include the third series of ITV’s Endeavour and BBC’s Father Brown. Rhys Rusbatch makes his RSC debut in the role of Peter Pan. His credits include the forthcoming film Burn Burn Burn and the site specific production Mametz (National Theatre Wales).


Director Jonathan Munby said: ‘I’m thrilled that we are returning to Neverland this year with Ella Hickson’s remarkable play Wendy & Peter Pan. Although the show is closely based on the 2013 production, there are some significant changes that I’m sure audiences will love. We wanted to take this opportunity, the first major revival, to deliver a production that’s even more thrilling than before. Ella and I have spent the last two years working on revisions to the script, Olly Fox (composer) has been joined by orchestrator Jason Carr to deliver an almost entirely new score, and there are new scenes, greater flying sequences and even more thrilling fights. All will combine in a show that I hope will capture the imagination, move us and amuse us in equal measure, but most importantly, allow a whole new generation to experience and connect with JM Barrie’s original story in an immediate and thrilling way.’ 


Wendy & Peter Pan full cast includes: Fiona Button (Wendy); Simon Carroll-Jones (Shadow); Cavan Clarke (Nibs); Sam Clemmett (Tom); James Corrigan (John); Darrell D’Silva (Hook); Adam Gillen (Martin); Susan Hingley (Shadow); Jack Horner (Shadow); Rebecca Johnson (Mrs Darling); Paul Kemp (Smee); Arthur Kyeyune (Shadow/Doc Giles/Crocodile); David Langham (Knock Bone Jones); Douggie McMeekin (Curly); Jordan Metcalfe (Michael); Charlotte Mills (Tink); Mimi Ndiweni (Tiger Lily); Dodger Phillips (Murt The Bat); Laura Prior (Shadow); Rhys Rusbatch (Peter); Patrick Toomey (Mr Darling/Skylights) Harry Waller (Slightly); Lawrence Walker (Tootles); Jay Webb (Shadow) and Dan Wheeler (Doc Swain).                      


Wendy & Peter Pan is designed by Colin Richmond with music by Oliver Fox and Jason Carr, lighting by Oliver Fenwick. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and fights by Terry King. Movement is by Michael Ashcroft, the aerial adviser is Jack Horner and video design by Ian William Galloway.


PACCAR Room Exhibition - Make-believe: the art of Neverland


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. 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.





2016 Spring/Summer productions

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: A PLAY FOR THE NATION, directed by Erica Whyman and co-produced with 14 amateur companies from every nation and region of the UK, opens in Stratford, before embarking on a nationwide tour

HAMLET, directed by Simon Godwin, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role

CYMBELINE, Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s late romance


Swan Theatre

Marking 400 years since Ben Jonson’s First Folio and the death of Cervantes:

DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Maria Aberg

DON QUIXOTE, newly adapted for the stage by James Fenton from Miguel de Cervantes’ comic novel, directed by Angus Jackson, with David Threlfall as Don Quixote and Rufus Hound as Sancho Panza

THE ALCHEMIST by Ben Jonson, directed by Polly Findlay


New for 2016

THE OTHER PLACE reopens in April 2016 with the return of the RSC’s studio theatre, a new café and a brand new PAGE TO STAGE TOUR

THE SWAN WING reopens in April 2016, following major heritage restoration

THE PLAY’S THE THING, a new exhibition opening in June 2016, revealing the secrets and stories from over 100 years of theatre-making history in Stratford

Shakespeare’s Birthday: 23 April 2016

A fun-packed day of free outdoor events, including a breath-taking show by acrobatic company, Mimbre, inspired by Shakespeare’s stories, and firework display.

THE SHAKESPEARE SHOW (working title) - broadcast live on BBC2 from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a special evening event hosted by David Tennant, celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy across all the arts, in a unique collaboration between the RSC and the BBC


The RSC invites every school in the UK to join the DREAM TEAM and be part of our celebrations with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

RSC EDUCATION demonstrates the power of Shakespeare and live theatre to influence the confidence and aspirations of young people in a special Symposium on 5 July 2016

RSC School Shakespeare Editions: Oxford University Press and the RSC create a new series of Shakespeare editions for 11 – 14 year olds ; #RSC2016



A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation, by William Shakespeare, directed by Erica Whyman

A co-production with amateur theatre companies across the UK (an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity)

17 February – 5 March and 15 June – 16 July in Stratford-upon-Avon.  On tour across the UK between March and June

Press night: Wed 24 Feb 2016

The RSC’s ground-breaking national touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman and designed by Tom Piper, marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and celebrates his love letter to amateur theatre. Lighting is by Charles Balfour, music by Sam Kenyon, sound by Andrew Franks and movement by Sian Williams.

The production opens in Stratford-upon-Avon and will tour to all nations and regions of the UK with the same professional company.  In each region, Bottom and the mechanicals will be played by a local amateur group, cast and trained by the RSC, in collaboration with 13 partner theatres. Titania’s fairy train will be played by local school children in every location.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Stratford for Midsummer, when all 14 amateur companies will have an opportunity to play on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage. Follow the journey of the company at:

Everyone can take part in the Midsummer Magic, with free activities in Stratford-upon-Avon in June 2016, as the company returns to Stratford-upon-Avon and Slung Low present THE FAIRY PORTAL CAMP.

RSC Education invites every UK school to join the DREAM TEAM and take part in a nationwide celebration of the play.  Free resources for schools, include 30 and 60 minute edited versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for schools and a specially-composed score, are now available at

Audio described performances: 5 March, 2 July.  Captioned performances: 4 March, 30 June.  Semi-integrated British Sign Language interpreted performance: 22 June.


Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, directed by Simon Godwin

12 March – 13 August 2016.  Live Cinema Broadcast 8 June 2016 and selected encore dates worldwide, with Picturehouse Entertainment.

Press night: Tue 22 March 2016

The summer season continues with Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous and complex play, in a searing new production directed by Simon Godwin, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role.

Hamlet has the world at his feet.  He is young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life abroad when word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home, he finds his world utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land.  Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice: submit, or rage against the injustice of the new reality.

Simon Godwin directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC to great acclaim in 2014 and this year his credits include Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Strategem at the National Theatre and Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe.  Paapa Essiedu was last at the RSC playing Fenton in Philip Breen’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor and has recently appeared at the Tobacco Factory as Romeo, in a production directed by Polina Kalinina, and at the National Theatre, in Sam Mendes’ production of King Lear.  Hamlet is designed by Paul Wills, with lighting by Paul Anderson and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Audio described performances: 16 April, 25 May.  Captioned performances: 21 July, 10 August.


Cymbeline, by William Shakespeare, directed by Melly Still

29 April – 12 August 2016.  Live Cinema Broadcast and encore screening dates worldwide, with Picturehouse Entertainment, to be confirmed.

Press night: Tue 10 May 2016

Cymbeline rules a divided Britain. When Innogen the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, Cymbeline banishes him. Distracted by Innogen’s marriage, Cymbeline is blind to the actions of a powerful figure behind the throne who is plotting to seize power by murdering them both.  In exile, Innogen’s husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful to him and in an act of impulsive jealousy begins a scheme to have her murdered.  Warned of the danger, Innogen runs away from court in disguise on a journey fraught with danger that will eventually reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.

Shakespeare’s romance is directed by Melly Still, who designed Tales from Ovid and Midnight’s Children for the RSC and whose directing credits include The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne Opera and Coram Boy and The Revenger’s Tragedy for the National Theatre.  The designer is Anna Fleischle and lighting is by Philip Gladwell. 

Audio described performances: 23 July, 11 August.  Captioned performance, 4 June.



Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Maria Aberg

4 February – 4 August 2016

Press night: Thu 11 Feb 2016

Faustus is a brilliant but embittered academic, a solitary scholar who has exhausted the confines of human knowledge.  Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science, he is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe – and the worldwide fame it will bring him.  Risking everything, he conjures the demon Mephistopheles and asks him to strike a deal with Lucifer; twenty four years of absolute knowledge and infinite power in exchange for his soul.

Christopher Marlowe’s tale of vanity, greed and damnation, Doctor Faustus, is directed by Maria Aberg, who returns to the RSC following her recent productions of King John, As You Like It and The White Devil.  Naomi Dawson designs, lighting is by Lee Curran, music by Orlando Gough, sound by Tom Gibbons and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

Audio described performances: 5 May, 24 June.  Captioned performances: 27 April, 28 July


Don Quixote, adapted by James Fenton from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes , directed by Angus Jackson

25 February – 21 May 2016

Press night: Thu 3 March 2016

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote decides to embark on a quest of his own and sets out to become a wandering knight, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked.  Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, he travels across Spain with his faithful and equally ill-suited squire.  With each calamitous adventure they experience, the romantic ideal of Quixote’s books seems further away than ever.

Angus Jackson returns to the RSC after his highly-acclaimed production of Oppenheimer, to direct the stage adaptation of Cervantes’ comic novel, widely regarded as one of the foundation stones of modern fiction.  The production marks the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death in 1616, by coincidence the same date as William Shakespeare.  Don Quixote is newly adapted by award-winning poet and writer James Fenton, who previously adapted The Orphan of Zhao in 2012 for the RSC. The designer is Robert Innes Hopkins and music is by Grant Olding.

David Threlfall takes on the title role of Don Quixote. During his long and successful career, spanning stage and screen, he is perhaps best known for his role in Channel 4’s Shameless and more recently in dramas Housewife 49, What Remains, The Ark and Code of a Killer. This will be his first role at the RSC since his highly acclaimed role of Smike in the RSC’s landmark production of Nicholas Nickleby in Stratford, London, New York and on television. 

Rufus Hound makes his RSC debut as Quixote’s faithful companion, Sancho Panza. His recent stage work includes West End runs of One Man, Two Guvnors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Trevor Nunn’s Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre. He also appears in numerous radio and television shows including BBC’s Doctor Who, Channel 4’s Cucumber, as well as Argumental and Celebrity Juice. His feature film credits include Beautiful Devils, Scottish Mussel and The Wedding Video.  

Audio described performances: 28 April, 14 May.  Captioned performances: 8 April, 4 May


The Alchemist by Ben Jonson, directed by Polly Findlay

26 May – 6 August 2016

Press night: Thu 2 June 2016

When London is hit by an outbreak of the plague, the wealthy Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler, Jeremy.  But no sooner has his master left, than Jeremy begins turning the house into a den of criminal activity.  Assuming an alias, he recruits fellow conman, Subtle, and prostitute, Doll Common to help him and sets out to rip off half of London.  Things couldn’t be going better for the gleeful trio, until they receive a very unwelcome visitor. 

Polly Findlay returns to the RSC following her productions of Arden of Faversham and The Merchant of Venice in the last two seasons, to direct Jonson’s hilarious satire, 400 years after the first publication of his collected works in a folio edition. Her production of As You Like It plays at the National Theatre from October 2015.

Audio described performances: 16 July, 6 August.  Captioned performances: 8 July, 3 August.


Tours, events and exhibitions through the 400th Anniversary Year

Shakespeare’s Steps, Stan’s Café (in association with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, supported by the Stratford Society) visitors are invited to step into Shakespeare’s shoes and follow the route from Shakespeare’s Birthplace, up to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Well Said! Favourite Shakespeare Quotes, a visual feast of Shakespeare’s most memorable and inspiring lines selected by famous writers, actors and poets and transformed into beautiful artworks in a free exhibition in the PACCAR Room from the 19 March.

The Other Place, Page to Stage Tours, The Other Place is the RSC’s research and development hub, home to the Company’s new studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and costume store and café bar.  It will reopen in April 2016, and a new discovery tour will take visitors on a journey from Page to Stage, from the first day of rehearsals to the first performance, with an opportunity to look inside the RSC’s store of 30,000 costumes for the very first time. Booking open now.

The Swan Wing - following a major heritage restoration, the oldest part of the RSC’s theatres reopens with a stunning new public art commission and a new family-friendly café bar.

The Birthday Celebrations - everyone is invited to join the traditional celebrations on 23 April for Shakespeare’s birthday and to take part in a fun-packed day of free outdoor events for all the family, including a breath taking show by acrobatic company, Mimbre, inspired by Shakespeare’s stories.  The day will end with a spectacular free firework display. For those who can’t make it to Stratford, The Shakespeare Show (working title) will be broadcast live on BBC2.  A unique collaboration between the RSC and the BBC, this special evening, hosted by David Tennant, will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across all the arts.

The Play’s The Thing, the RSC’s major new exhibition opens, celebrating the magic of Shakespeare on stage and revealing the secrets and stories from 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Full of treasures from the RSC’s archive and museum collection, including rarely-seen props, exquisite costumes and original set designs, the exhibition will also be packed with hands-on activities and digital interactives to spark the imagination.  Booking from January 2016.  

Magic at Midsummer, free activities to mark Midsummer and the return to Stratford of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including The Fairy Portal Camp, a feast of dance, song and fire, led by Slung Low theatre company, to reopen the connection between us and the spirit world on Midsummer’s Eve.  Slung Low will spend a week in the Avonbank Gardens, welcoming all comers who wish to help create the ceremony.

The Other Place Festival, the first performances take place in The Other Place studio theatre with a new work festival.  Titles to be announced in the spring 2016.


Learning Performance Network 10th anniversary: The RSC’s Education Team celebrates an extraordinary decade of achievement by schools, young people and teachers across the country with a special Symposium on 5 July 2016. 

For ten years, the RSC has worked with over 400 schools across England, giving young people a great first experience of Shakespeare’s work.  The schools are all recruited from areas of significant socio-economic disadvantage with limited access to cultural experiences.

The initiative works over a three year period, with each school working in partnership with their regional theatre and the RSC. It involves intensive teacher professional development, creative projects between young people and artists and performance festivals of work made by young people with the support of teachers and theatre directors. 

The programme will have reached 750,000 children and young people by its 10th anniversary in 2016, delivering real and significant benefits, boosting confidence, skills and aspirations. 

NEW RSC School Shakespeare Editions: Oxford University Press and the RSC are working in partnership to create a new series of Shakespeare editions for 11 – 14 year olds. Developed in consultation with teachers across the country, the plays introduce young people to Shakespeare’s world and work using approaches direct from the RSC’s rehearsal rooms. Available from March 2016, the first titles to be released will be Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing followed by Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in September 2016. 

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, said:

“Stratford-upon-Avon is the place to celebrate Shakespeare’s enduring influence and 2016 is surely the year to come to his hometown.   

“Our summer season opens with Erica Whyman’s nationwide touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation, which sees our professional company work with 13 partner theatres, 14 amateur companies and 580 schoolchildren. This truly national production celebrates the UK’s passion for theatre-making and one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays.

“Our main house will then be home to one of the most famous and performed plays in the Shakespeare canon, Hamlet. In this production, directed by Simon Godwin, we hope to reveal new layers to this complex and inexhaustibly compelling play.  Paapa Essiedu plays the title role.

“We will follow this with Melly Still’s production of Cymbeline, a late play with some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language. And we conclude the summer season with my production of King Lear.  Following his performance as Willy Loman in Miller’s Death of A Salesman, Antony Sher takes on the monumental title role.

“In the Swan Theatre, we want to place Shakespeare’s genius firmly in the context of his peers.  We open with Marlowe’s great play, Doctor Faustus, directed by Maria Aberg, and then mark two other important anniversaries.  Shakespeare's great contemporary, Miguel de Cervantes, died on the same date as Shakespeare in 1616. We mark his own 400th anniversary by mounting a new adaptation of Don Quixote, by James Fenton, directed by Angus Jackson, with David Threlfall and Rufus Hound as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

“Shakespeare's friend and rival playwright, Ben Jonson, brought out a folio edition of his own work in 1616: the first time any playwright had ever published a collected edition of plays. It is arguable that if Jonson had not done so, Hemmings and Condell would not have assembled Shakespeare's plays for publication, in 1623, some seven years after his death. Without that folio, more than half of Shakespeare’s plays would now be lost to us.  To celebrate Jonson’s achievement, we follow up Trevor Nunn’s current production of Volpone with a new production of The Alchemist, directed by Polly Findlay.

“As well as all our work on stage, there’ll be magic and surprise throughout the whole year, from Birthday fireworks and acrobatic outdoor theatre to a new exhibition of hidden treasures and even a secret fairy portal which will open at midnight on Midsummer’s Eve.  At the end of the summer, we will formally open our new studio theatre with a powerful new work festival and gear up for an extraordinary end to the year – watch this space for further news!”   



RSC undertakes a historic tour to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Hong Kong Arts Festival from February 2016 with Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V. This tour is kindly supported by our Global Tour Premier Partner, J.P. Morgan.

New York & USA:

King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings at Brooklyn Academy of Music

24 March – 1 May 2016 All four History plays – Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V – will then tour to BAM for an extraordinary theatrical event in the Harvey Theatre.  This tour is kindly supported by our Global Tour Premier Partner, J.P. Morgan. The Royal Shakespeare Company in America is presented in collaboration with The Ohio State University.

Matilda The Musical continues to thrill audiences on Broadway at the Shubert Theater, and tours across the USA to more than 30 cities


Matilda The Musical plays in Sydney following its critically acclaimed opening in August 2015.


‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ cinema broadcasts, with Picturehouse Entertainment, continue with Shakespeare productions from his home town shown all over the US and around the world in 17 countries, and the RSC’s free Schools’ Broadcasts in the UK, reaching thousands of young people each year.  Further information at:



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Following a successful spring season of sell-out shows, Marti Pellow is back by popular demand to continue his role as Narrator for the autumn leg of BLOOD BROTHERS, visiting Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 26 – Sat 31 October 2015.


Also returning to the show will be Maureen Nolan, who will reprise her role as the tragic Mrs Johnstone.


Marti Pellow is one of music’s most respected artists. For over 30 years he has enjoyed global success: as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, as a solo artist, and as one of the UK’s most acclaimed leading men of musical theatre. Starring roles include Evita, Blood Brothers, The Witches of Eastwick, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde and Chicago. As a solo-singer, recording artist and with Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow has enjoyed virtually unrivalled chart success, with over 25 hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles, including the seminal Love Is All Around. In 2013, after 20 years apart, Wet Wet Wet reunited for a sell-out arena tour. That same year, Marti released Hope, his eighth solo album, and this year he released Boulevard of Life, which saw him return to his roots as a singer-songwriter and collaborate with some of his closest friends in the industry, including Chris Difford from Squeeze, for an album of soul, country and pop.


Maureen Nolan has been singing with her sisters since she was nine years old. Together they became one of Europe’s first girl bands – The Nolans. The Nolans’ success is legendary, including phenomenal record sales worldwide, particularly in Japan where they sold more records than The Beatles! Maureen has played Mrs Johnstone in BLOOD BROTHERS in the West End and on tour to critical acclaim. She was the fourth Nolan sister to play the role, earning them entry in to the Guinness Book of Records.


Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, BLOOD BROTHERS, written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable. This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performances. It is one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.


BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.



BLOOD BROTHERS is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with design by Andy WalmsleyDan Samson is the sound designer. Tom De Keyser is the musical supervisor and Kelvin Towse is the musical director.




Monday 26 – Saturday 31 October 2015

Evenings at 7.30pm, Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm

Tickets from £19.50 - £35.00






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Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate Northampton present the world premiere of a brand new stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s seminal novel BRAVE NEW WORLD, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 November.


It is announced today that Sophie Ward will star as ‘Margaret Mond – the Regional World Controller for Western Europe’, which in Huxley’s novel is a male character.


About the casting, adapter and playwright Dawn King said, “I took this decision primarily because as a feminist, I wanted to increase the gender equality of the show. I also felt that having a female world controller of Western Europe is more representative of our world today, and of a world of the future. In the novel the character is called ‘Mustapha Mond’, but in my adaptation I chose the name Margaret, for its obvious allusions. I think Sophie Ward is a great choice to play the role because ‘Mond’ is a person who has had to make hard decisions, has a strong sense of her own personal morality, and has real steely authority – qualities I think Sophie will accentuate.”


Sophie Ward’s extensive screen credits include series regular roles in Land Girls, Heartbeat and Holby City, and appearances in acclaimed TV dramas Dinotopia, A Dark Adapted Eye (opposite Helena Bonham Carter), A Village Affair and Secret State, and films including Jane Eyre, Book of Blood, Out of Bounds, Crime and Punishment, Wuthering Heights, and Young Sherlock Holmes. Her theatre work includes: Go Back For Murder (tour); Private Lives; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (tour); An Ideal Husband (Theatre Clwyd); Nothing (59th Street, New York); Electricity (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Semi Monde (Lyric Theatre, London); The Three Sisters (Chichester); The Turn Of The Screw (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Flare Path (King’s Head, London); and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (tour)


BRAVE NEW WORLD, widely considered to be one of the finest and most prophetic dystopian novels of the twentieth century, bursts into life on stage in an adaptation by award-winning playwright Dawn King, directed by James Dacre and designed by Naomi Dawson, with an original new music by the ground breaking British band These New Puritans.


Aldous Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD was first published in 1932, and is widely seen to be one of the most important novels of the 20th century, anticipating developments in reproductive technology, psychological manipulation and behavioural conditioning. Set 600 years in the future human life has been almost entirely industrialised, and humans are created and conditioned in a lab according to a strict caste system, in a World State whose motto is “Community, Identity, Stability”. Monogamy, the family unit and the ‘natural’ process of giving birth, are considered horrific and unnatural, and material comfort and physical pleasure - provided by the drug soma and recreational sex — represent society’s highest good.


Dawn King also said, “Huxley's novel is over eighty years old, but his vision of the future is shockingly familiar. In many ways, we already live in Brave New World: a glittering dystopia built on inequality, where people keep themselves distracted with empty pleasures, chemical stimulants and consumer goods. Adapting this huge work for the stage has been as tough and stimulating as anything I've ever done and a huge pleasure.”


Dawn King is currently working on a film adaptation of her most recent stage play Ciphers, which was a co-production between Out Of Joint Theatre Company, The Bush theatre and Exeter Northcott. It toured the UK in 2013 and enjoyed a sell out run at The Bush in 2014. She is also under commission to write a new play for The Bush. Her award-wining short film The Karman Line, starring Olivia Colman and Shaun Dooley, played at film festivals around the world, won thirteen awards, and was BAFTA nominated. Dawn’s play Foxfinder won the Papatango Theatre Company new writing competition in 2011 and the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright award 2013. It ran at The Finborough in 2011 where it sold out and Dawn won the Offie Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2012.


This adaptation of Brave New World is based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, presented through special arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc. on behalf of the Aldous and Laura Huxley Literary Trust, Mark Trevenen Huxley and Teresa Huxley. All rights reserved.


Brave New World is the fifth Touring Consortium Theatre Company production funded by the Arts Council of England‘s Strategic Touring Programme, and the third co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton. See more at:


Further casting to be announced.






Tue 03 – Sat 07 November 2015

Evenings at 7:30pm, Wed & Sat matinees at 2:30pm

Tickets £10.50 - £25.50







Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of 

J.B Priestley’s AN INSPECTOR CALLS returns for a major tour


The National Theatre Production 

J.B. Priestley’s Classic Thriller



Directed by Stephen Daldry


Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

2 - 6 February 2016


Winner of 19 major international awards, Stephen Daldry’s legendary production of J.B Priestley’s classic thriller AN INSPECTOR CALLS returns for a 28-week tour this autumn. Opening on 10 September at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford, AN INSPECTOR CALLS will tour nationwide until 21 May 2016, including a week in Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Full casting to be announced.


Director Stephen Daldry has received Academy Award nominations for Best Director and/or Best Picture for his films The Reader (starring Kate Winslett, Ralph Fiennes), The Hours (starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore), Billy Elliot (starring Jamie Bell) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock). He won his first major directorial success in 1992 when his visionary revival of J.B. Priestley’s AN INSPECTOR CALLS opened at the National Theatre to outstanding critical acclaim. Featuring Ian MacNeil’s ingenious designs, a sweeping score by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) and atmospheric lighting by Rick Fisher, the production has received an unprecedented string of awards – a total of 19 major international awards - including the Olivier Award for Best Revival, Best Director and Best Designer and the Tony Award on Broadway for Best Revival, Best Director and Best Lighting.


Daldry’s recent West End theatre work includes a revival of David Hare’s Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan at the Wyndham’s Theatre and Peter Morgan’s The Audience, originally starring Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre and currently starring Kristen Scott Thomas at the Apollo Theatre. His multi award-winning production of Billy Elliot The Musical is now enjoying its 10th year at the Victoria Palace.


The longest running play revival in history, Stephen Daldry’s AN INSPECTOR CALLS has played in the West End (including a 6-year run), on Broadway, across Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe and has currently completed seven major UK tours. The production returned to the West End in 2010, winning a host of 5-star reviews and enjoying sell-out performances at the Novello Theatre before transferring to the Wyndham’s for an extended run. Widely renowned as the theatrical event of our generation, this production has now been seen by an excess of three million theatregoers worldwide.


This tour marks 70 years since AN INSPECTOR CALLS first premiered, in Moscow in 1945. Written at the end of the Second World War and set before the First World War, J.B Priestley’s play is a compelling and haunting thriller. The story begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman whom each of them in turn has exploited. His startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives but challenge us all to examine our consciences. Daldry’s visionary production unites the 1912 setting with the time it was written in 1945, transfering the play to a dramatic cobblestone war-torn wasteland, where the Edwardian Birling family home looms precariously, suspended on stilts.


The National Theatre Production of AN INSPECTOR CALLS is produced on tour by PW Productions Ltd. Directed by Stephen Daldry, Designed by I an MacNeil, with Music by Stephen Warbeck, Lighting by Rick Fisher, Associate Director Julian Webber.












PETER PAN will be directed by David Burrows and choreographed by Midlands-born Steven Harris, who choreographed Jack and the Beanstalk at the Grand Theatre in 2012.


Paul and Barry Elliott, the real life brothers better known to millions as The Chuckle Brothers, have worked in almost every area of entertainment and despite over 50 years in show business their appearance at the Grand Theatre this Christmas marks the first time the comedy duo have ever performed in a production of PETER PAN!


Regular favourites with Wolverhampton audiences, The Chuckle Brothers perform at the Grand Theatre each year as part of the UK tour of their hugely-popular stage shows. It has been 22 years since Paul and Barry were last at the Grand Theatre for a pantomime season. In 1993 they played Henchmen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs alongside Linda Lusardi and Stu Francis!


John Altman is perhaps best known for playing ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. He was among the show’s original cast members in 1985 and recently reappeared in 2014 after a five-year absence, but his character was killed off earlier this year as part of the special 30th anniversary episode. John’s previous appearances at the Grand Theatre include the role of Billy Flynn in the 2002 UK tour of the West-End smash-hit Chicago.


The Chuckle Brothers and John Altman were joined by Ross Carpenter as Peter Pan, who trained at Laine Theatre Arts and last Christmas played the title role of Peter Pan in Northampton for Qdos Entertainment.

As Wolverhampton audiences have come to expect, PETER PAN will feature an abundance of comedy, fabulous costumes, live music and spectacular special effects!


There will be a Relaxed Performance of the pantomime, for patrons on the Autistic Spectrum and/or with Additional Needs, at 11am on Thursday 21 January 2016. At this performance sound and lighting levels are adjusted to make the auditorium environment less stressful, aiming to reduce anxiety. For more information, to make reservations and to book for the Relaxed Performance please email Janine Graeme (Access and Education Administrator) or call 01902 57 33 20.


PETER PAN opens at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Saturday 12 December 2015 and runs until Sunday 24 January 2016. 

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