Posts Tagged ‘RSC’


Cinema: RSC Live: Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1

May 14, 2014


Release date

14th May 2014                  (Cardiff, 19.00, Cineworld)

Running Time

180 minutes


Gregory Doran


Antony Sher, Alex Hassell, Jasper Britton

Antony Sher plays comic knight Falstaff in a new production of Shakespeare’s compelling tale of power politics, broadcast live from the Bard’s home town. Having deposed Richard, King Henry IV (Jasper Britton) now faces trouble at home and abroad. His son and heir, Prince Hal (Alex Hassell), meanwhile, has forsaken the Royal Court for the life of a barfly and wastrel in Eastcheap. Down among the drunks, whores and petty criminals, Hal falls in with corrupt and portly knight Sir John Falstaff (Antony Sher). A liar, glutton, cheat and braggart, Falstaff is also witty, warm and enormous fun. But when disquiet turns to open rebellion, led by the Earl of Northumberland’s son Hotspur, it’s time for Hal to start acting like a prince. RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the company for his partner and frequent collaborator Gregory Doran’s eagerly anticipated production of the second of Shakespeare’s historical plays.


This and other instances of Shakespeare on screen are also available at Cardiff’s Chapter Cinema:


Laura Marlin Composes New Shakespeare Score

April 24, 2013


She has already won a Brit award and been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize twice. But singer-songwriter Laura Marling’s latest project marks a change of direction. She has composed the music for a new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, which opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday evening.

“I got the real fear about doing this,” she told the BBC.

She said she was “daunted” when the Royal Shakespeare Company first approached her.

“I have no knowledge of theatre and I’d say not a huge knowledge of Shakespeare either.”

Find out more here.



Theatre Review Published: Troilus and Cressida, Co-presented by The Wooster Group and The Royal Shakespeare Company

April 21, 2013

A theatre review by Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) has been published in the current issue of Shakespeare Bulletin.

The theatre review covers the co-production of Troilus and Cressida performed in Stratford-Upon-Avon last summer.

If your institution subscribes to the journal, you can access it here.

Shakespeare Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal of performance criticism and scholarship, provides commentary on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama through feature articles, theatre and film reviews, and book reviews. Begun in 1982 as the organ of the New York Shakespeare Society, in 1992 it incorporated Shakespeare on Film Newsletter, which began publication in 1976. Shakespeare Bulletin‘s theatre coverage serves as a record of production in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout the world.


RSC: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Cardiff

October 1, 2012

Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October 2012

Evenings 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday Matinees 2.30pm

The New Theatre, Cardiff

How many times
Shall this our lofty scene be acted o’er
In states unborn and accents yet unknown

The dictator must be assassinated.  But who will replace him?

The RSC’s critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s great political thriller finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa, directed by RSC Artistic Director Designate Gregory Doran.

Originally created as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, this new production featuring Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Antony and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar, comes to Cardiff as part of a national tour following runs in Stratford-upon-Avon and London’s West End.


For Tuesday – Friday 7.30pm performances in Stalls A-S and Circle A-M only: £3.50 off for Parties of 8 or more, Children, Students, Over 60s, Unemployed People, Disabled People and one Companion each, Claimants.

School Parties: £8.00 each for Wednesday & Thursday performances – supervising teachers free (1 teacher for every 10 students)

Student Special: For any evening performance (except Saturday) £5.00 each from 6.00pm onwards

Find out more here:


RSC – Open Stages: Shakespeare in Cardiff, 5-7 July

July 4, 2012

“RSC Open Stages is a project that aims to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre, re-forging the bond with the world of professional theatre”

“The ‘RSC Openstages’ regional showcase at Sherman Cymru in July will see 13 South West based amateur dramatics companies come together across 3 nights to perform extracts of their productions inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.

Each theatre companies has created their own take on, and response to, Shakespeare’s world and language to create a unique experience for their audience. The event promised to be full of fun, frivolity, entertainment and (no doubt) tragedy to embrace and reflect the magnificent works of the Bard himself as part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012.”

Tickets £5

Actonian Drama Group The Paddington Tank
Artistic License Romeo & Juliet 
Cardigan Theatre A Midsummer Nights Dream 
Class Act Theatre School The Tempest 
Everyman Theatre Twelfth Night
Impatient Vagrant Screw Your Courage
Lisvane Players All the World’s a Stage 
Oswestry Drama Project The Tempest
The Willow Globe Community Company Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sherman Cymru: Company 5 To Live, To Love, To Be…
St Michael’s Players Lord What Fools…
St Paul’s Players Dragons



Thursday 5 July Lisvane Players
Sherman Cymru: Company 5
Friday 6 July Everyman Theatre
St Paul’s Players
Actonian Drama Group
Cardigan Theatre
Shakespeare Link
Saturday 7 July St Michael’s Players
Class Act Theatre School
Impatient Vagrant
Artistic License
Oswestry Drama Project

Find out more on the Sherman Cymru Website

*** Do get in touch if you would like to review these events for Cardiff Shakespeare***


RSC Competition

January 20, 2011


Inspired by the RSC’s individual plays and sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Shakespeare Association, The RSC Shakespeare Student Award is a new, innovative award aimed at students of English Literature and Drama from 18-25 years. The prize can be won by students from any country and involves entrants submitting an essay on Why Shakespeare is Relevant Today.

Chosen by our panel of experts including Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, the winner will receive an exciting array of exclusive prizes including:

    • £100 cash prize
    • iPod nano with a selection of RSC performances pre-loaded
    • A certificate signed by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
    announcing the winner’s name as recipient of The RSC
    Shakespeare Student Award 2011
    • The publication of the winner’s essay on the competition page of
    The RSC Shakespeare website:
    • A bundle of all RSC individual plays already published

Terms and conditions apply. All entrants must be 18 years and over. Closing date for entries: 31st January 2011. Entries must be between 1,500-2,000 words in length. Entries must be submitted to: with entrant’s name, email address and contact number with an attachment of the essay.

For website and T&Cs press here.

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