AN INSPECTOR CALLS Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 2 - 6 February

ANY MEANS NECESSARY Nottingham Playhouse 5 - 20 February

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Wolverhampton Grand 2 - 7 May

CHICAGO Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 20 - 25 June






RSC SWAN THEATRE, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB

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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.











ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB

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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.






ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB

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2016 Spring/Summer productions





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




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.




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.




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.

Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct Christopher Marlowe’s tale of vanity, greed and damnation, Doctor Faustus, which will see Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan share the roles of the embittered academic Faustus and the demon Mephistopheles, alternating the parts at each performance.

This marks Sandy Grierson’s return to the RSC after performing in RSC Associate Director David Farr’s What Country, Friends, is this? cycle, playing Ariel in The Tempest in 2012. His RSC debut came in The Thirteen Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo, a RSC production commissioned especially for Latitude Festival. Most recently he appeared in Lanark: A Life in Three Acts in 2015’s Edinburgh International Festival. 

Oliver Ryan was in Maria Aberg’s 2013 production of As You Like It in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Other RSC roles include Gawain in Gregory Doran’s 2010 production of Morte D’Arthur, and Benvolio in Rupert Goold’s Romeo and Juliet.  

They are joined by: Will Bliss (Valdes / Good Angel), Jade Croot (Helen of Troy), John Cummins (Cornelius / Evil Angel), Ruth Everett (Scholar / Friar / Deadly Sin) Gabriel Fleary (Emperor / Gluttony / Scholar), Theo Fraser Steele (Duke / Friar / Deadly Sin), Gemma Goggin (Cardinal of Lorraine) Natey Jones (Frederick / Scholar), Richard Leeming (Envy / Scholar), Nicholas Lumley (Wagner / Old Man), Tom McCall (Benvolio / Friar), Joshua McCord (Martino), Bathsheba Piepe (Sloth / Scholar / Friar), Rosa Robson (Scholar) Amy Rockson (Duchess / Scholar) Timothy Speyer (Pope) and Eleanor Wyld (Lucifer / Scholar).

Doctor Faustus is designed by Naomi Dawson with lighting by Lee Curran. The music is composed by Orlando Gough with sound by Tom Gibbons. Movement is by Ayse Tashkiran. The fight director is Kate Waters and video is by Nathan Parker.


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.  

As previously announced David Threlfall takes on the title role, and Rufus Hound will play Sancho Panza in a new stage adaptation of Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote by James Fenton and directed by Angus Jackson.

Cervantes’ comic novel is widely regarded as one of the foundation stones of modern fiction. To mark the 400th anniversary of the author’s death, the story of a self-fashioned travelling knight accompanied by his faithful squire is newly adapted for the stage by award winning poet, writer and journalist James Fenton.

This will be the first production of this play by the RSC, and is directed by Angus Jackson, who previously worked on the critically acclaimed RSC production Oppenheimer, which transferred to the West End after a run at the Swan Theatre.

Don Quixote is played by David Threlfall, amongst his many TV and stage appearances, he is best known for his leading role as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s Shameless. This marks a long-awaited return to the RSC for Threlfall, whose at the RSC was in the iconic Trevor Nunn production of Nicholas Nickleby in 1980.

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound will play Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza. Hound recently appeared in the Rose Theatre Kingston’s War of the Roses cycle, and starred alongside Robert Lindsay in the musical adaptation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2014 after performing in the hit show One Man, Two Guvnors. He also hosts the radio series My Teenage Diary, which runs regularly on BBC Radio 4.

The full cast of Don Quixote includes: Will Bliss, John Cummins, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Gemma Goggin, Theo Fraser Steele, Natey Jones, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Amy Rockson, Timothy Speyer and Eleanor Wyld.

Don Quixote is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Johanna Town. The music is composed by Grant Olding, with sound by Jeremy Dunn. The fight director is Malcolm Ranson. Literary Manager and Dramaturgy by Pippa Hill

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:






RSC Members and Supporters Priority booking:

Priority Plus from Thursday 17 September 2015

Full Members online and telephone from Monday 21 September 2015

Associate Members online and telephone from Monday 5 October 2015


PUBLIC BOOKING from Monday 19 October 2015

To book call 01789 403493 or online at

Further information about cinema screenings can be found at


RSC and Picturehouse Members booking online and telephone from Monday 21 September 2015 at Picturehouse Cinemas only


PUBLIC BOOKING from Monday 19 October 2015











WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingtom, WV1 1DE

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WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingtom, WV1 1DE

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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.










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DUNCAN JAMES to star as ‘TICK’



2 - 7 May


David Ian Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce that Duncan James will star as ‘Tick’ in the international smash hit musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 2 – Sat 7 May 2016.


As one quarter of the pop band Blue, Duncan James has sold over 16 million records, had three number one albums and forty number one singles worldwide. His stage credits include playing Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde and Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a finalist on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.


Joining Duncan James are Simon Green as ‘Bernadette’, Adam Bailey as ‘Felicia’ and Philip Childs as ‘Bob’.


Simon Green’s most recent stage credits include ‘Bruce Ismay’ in Titanic both in Toronto and at the Southwark Playhouse; The World Goes Round at the Union Theatre and ‘Monsieur André’ in The Phantom of The Opera on tour.


Adam Bailey most recently appeared as ‘Espresso’ in the German production of Starlight Express. His other theatre credits include ‘Mary Sunshine’ in Chicago at Leicester Curve and ‘Alan’ in Bare at the Greenwich Theatre.


Philip Childs played the role of ‘Bob’ on the 2013 tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. He recently played ‘Doctor Dillamond’ in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Other recent theatre credits include Alan Bennett’s People and The Habit of Art at the National Theatre.  


They are joined by: Richard Astbury, Rebecca Botterill, Matt Crandon, Peter Cumins, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Martin Harding, Lisa-Marie Holmes, Ricky Lee Loftus, Adam Lyons, Callum MacDonald, Laura Mansell, Catherine Mort, James Paul McAllister, Robin Mills, Craig Ryder, Naomi Slights and Julie Yammanee


Get ready for the ride of your life! Based on the movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT - THE MUSICAL is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including ‘Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Go West’, ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘Always on My Mind’, this wildly fresh and funny new musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!


PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL originally opened in Australia and after a sell-out two year run, opened in London’s West End followed by Broadway in the United States. It has won numerous awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony awards. The musical returns to Wolverhampton next year following it’s hugely successful run in 2014.






Mon 2 – Sat 7 May 2016

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

Tickets £20.75 - £40.75








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in association with BARRY and FRAN WEISSLER








 (Sam Bailey will not be performing on 25 June)


The international award-winning musical CHICAGO, which plays at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 20 – Sat 25 June 2016 as part of national tour. 


East Enders star John Partridge is probably best known for playing the role of Christian Clarke in EastEnders. His many musical theatre credits include Rum Tum Tugger in Cats in the West End, on tour and the official film of the show, John in Miss Saigon on the first UK national tour and most recently Zach in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. John was also a judge on BBC1’s Over the Rainbow, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search to find a Dorothy for the musical The Wizard of Oz.


Hayley Tamaddon has just finished playing Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street. She also played Del Dingle in Emmerdale. Her numerous theatre credits include The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show. Hayley also won the 5th series of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.


Sam Bailey worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree for three years until 2013. At the end of that year Sam won the tenth series of The X Factor receiving more than a million votes over the course of the final weekend. Following her win, her debut single Skyscraper was released and achieved the Christmas Number One. This was followed in 2014 with her debut album, The Power of Love, reaching number one in the album charts.


CHICAGO Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.


Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, CHICAGO truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” (The Times). A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.


CHICAGO, which is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.  Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Rick Clarke.  Musical supervision is by Rob Fisher. CHICAGO is choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and directed by Walter Bobbie. 


CHICAGO opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 18 November 1997 to rave reviews, winning the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Musical Production' as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for 'Best Musical', and immediately became a sell-out hit running for 15 years. CHICAGO is currently playing in New York where it holds the record as the longest running musical revival and also the second longest running musical in Broadway history.


The 2016 UK National Tour of CHICAGO will be produced by David Ian and Michael Watt in association with the Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler.



Tickets for CHICAGO are now on sale and are available by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 or online at





Mon 20 – Sat 25 June 2016

Sam Bailey will not be performing on Saturday 25 June

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

Tickets from £24.50











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Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company
The World Premiere of

by Kefi Chadwick

Directed by Giles Croft

Nottingham Playhouse
February 5 to 20, 2016

Full casting has been announced for  the world premiere of Any Means Necessary by Kefi Chadwick, Nottingham Playhouse’s first major production of 2016. In 2011 a major legal scandal broke as it was revealed that that an undercover police officer had for years been living amongst political activists in Nottingham. Not only had he been spying on legitimate protest groups but, in his undercover persona, he had been engaging in long term intimate relationships with individuals within.  Dismissed by police as a 'rogue officer', it soon became clear that he was not alone and many undercover police had been spying on activists for decades, forming supposedly loving relationships and even fathering children with the female members of these groups. All this was fully sanctioned and funded by Special Branch. With the subsequent collapse of high profile legal cases following these revelations, in July 2015, Lord Justice Pitchford opened a public inquiry into undercover policing.  
As The Pitchford inquiry continues, Nottingham Playhouse announces a brand new commission by the writer Kefi Chadwick.  Any Means Necessary which opens in February next year, 
is inspired by interviews with many of those involved and drawn from unprecedented access to the women and legal teams involved. This is a fictionalised account of what happened, how the abuse was perpetrated, the emotional costs it wrought and the victims’ drive to find out the truth about the men who had, for years, systematically and devastatingly deceived them.
The cast comprises Beatrice Comins (Fantabulosa - BBC, Coronation Street - ITV), writer and actress Lily Lowe-Myers, Jo Dockery (Great Britain - NT, Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time-  West End, Samuel Oatley (New Tricks - BBC, Partners In Crime-  BBC), Louise Mai Newbury (RSC, Bristol Old Vic), Kate Sissons (Vampire Diary – feature film) and Nick Karimi (Warhorse – West End, Titus Andronicus – Shakespeare’s Globe)
Kefi Chadwick says: 
“These cases show an incredible abuse of human rights and civil liberties and are one of the biggest police scandals of all time. To be able to bring the events to life on the stage at Nottingham where one of the worst offenders lived and spied is a great privilege and an important part of the victims right to have their stories heard.”
Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse and director of Any Means Necessary Giles Croft says:

“We are thrilled to be working with Kefi on the telling of this important story which has local, national and international implications. The beauty of her approach is to centre the drama on the human cost of the undercover police operations and to examine the effects on the families on both sides of the divide.”

Kefi Chadwick is a multi award winning writer. Her play, Mathematics of the Heart, won Best New Play at Brighton Festival in 2011 and went on to a sell out run at Theatre503, London in 2012.  Her two short plays, SexLife and La Petite Mort played at Latitude Festival and in Edinburgh in 2012 and 2013.  She also created a bespoke piece of theatre for Latitude in 2013 which then went on to be developed by the Arts Council and resulted an interactive show called How Was It For You? that showed at Brighton Dome, Feb 2015.  Her first short film, Cregan, won at Waterford film festival and screened nationally and internationally.  Her second, Girlpower, won Best Comedy Short at Aesthetica film festival 2014 and again screened nationally and internationally. Her current short, SexLife, has screened at a number of festivals including Tribeca, Encounters, Cambridge, and San Luis Obispo and Emden.  It will screen in Washington and Milwaukee later this year.  Chadwick is currently developing her first feature film with Ignition films. 
In 1985, Giles Croft was appointed as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London. In 1989, he joined the National Theatre as Literary Manager before becoming Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre, Watford, in May 1995. Giles became Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse in 1999.  His most recent productions include: Arcadia; The Second Minute;Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life And Astounding Legend; The Kite Runner, and Of Mice and Men. Giles is also a playwright and his work has been produced widely in the UK and Europe.
Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the United Kingdom’s leading producing theatres since its foundation in 1948. It welcomes over 110,000 customers through its doors each year and creates productions large and small from timeless classics and enthralling family shows to adventurous new commissions, often touring work nationally and internationally. 2013 marked Nottingham Playhouse’s 50th anniversary in its current home. During those 50 years the Playhouse stage has played host to many outstanding performers and helped create a generation of dedicated theatre goers. Recent notable productions include The Kite Runner, The Threepenny Opera, Posh and the
acclaimed adaptation of 1984 co-produced with Headlong.

Friday 5 February - Saturday 20 February 2016
By Kefi Chadwick 
Directed by Giles Croft 
Nottingham Playhouse 
Wellington Circus Nottingham NG1 5AF 
Tickets: £10.50 - £28.50 BOX OFFICE: 0115 941 9419 
Age Guidance: 14+ (contains strong language) 







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