The Royal Shakespeare Company announces six new dates for the Uk & Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical

Royal Shakespeare Companys Matilda The Musical.
Royal Shakespeare Companys Matilda The Musical.

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical. Credit Manuel Harlan

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that the UK and Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical will extend into 2019, touring to six more cities and accompanied by a specially devised education programme, Change My Story, for schools.

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the Matilda The Musical tour will celebrate its official opening night at Leicester Curve this Thursday (15 March), where it will play until 24 March. The West End production will continue to play at the Cambridge Theatre, where it is now in its seventh year and is booking until 10 February 2019.

In 2019 Matilda The Musical will play Theatre Royal Plymouth (15 January – 16 February 2019), the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (19 February – 23 March 2019), Edinburgh Playhouse (2 – 27 April 2019), The Bristol Hippodrome (7 May – 8 June 2019), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (11 June – 6 July 2019) and Norwich Theatre Royal (16 July – 17 August 2019).

Tickets for Plymouth, Bradford, Edinburgh, Bristol and Norwich will go on general sale on 23 March following a priority booking period between 19 and 22 March. Tickets for Southampton dates will go on sale on 10 April following a priority booking period between 3 and 9 April.

The 2018 tour dates are Leicester Curve (5 – 24 March 2018), Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (4 – 28 April 2018),Sunderland Empire (8 May – 2 June 2018), Milton Keynes Theatre (5 – 30 June 2018), Birmingham Hippodrome(3 July – 8 September 2018), Manchester Palace (18 September – 24 November 2018) and Cardiff Wales MillenniumCentre (4 December – 12 January 2019).

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

As previously announced, for the first five venues of the tour Craige Els will reprise the role of Miss Trunchbull, having played her in the West End for three years between 2014 and 2017. He will be joined by Carly Thoms as Miss Honey andSebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood as well as former West End cast-mate Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood. The title role of Matilda will be shared by Annalise Bradbury, Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner for this period. Casting for the tour’s later dates, including venues in 2019, will be announced in due course.

In the UK and Ireland, the production will be accompanied by Change My Story, a new RSC education programme inspired by Matilda The Musical and devised in collaboration with each touring theatre partner to help build long term partnerships between school communities and theatres.

The programme includes:

  • Up to 50 Matilda The Musical Champion Schools – a two year initiative with local state schools and partner theatres in the tour locations.  Selected schools will work with RSC artists in residence to stage and perform a special 45 minute edit of Matilda The Musical as their school play. In the second year they will collaborate with 5 other local schools and lead on new creative projects
  • Professional  Development courses for teachers to use Matilda The Musical as a springboard for creative writing
  • Mrs Phelps’ Library Workshops for primary schools, led by RSC and local theatre artists, exploring different storytelling techniques
  • Further details can be found at

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews. The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.

Matilda The Musical has now been seen by more than 7.7 million people worldwide, having played in over 60 cities with more than 5500 performances in the West End, on Broadway, across North America and in Australia and New Zealand.

Matilda The Musical swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and won four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway. The North America production toured 52 cities.

The Australian and New Zealand production won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, and played sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland. The show broke further records in July 2016 by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. Matilda The Musical will have its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea from September 2018 until February 2019.

Matilda The Musical is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.


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Monday 5 – Saturday 24 March 2018
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Royal Shakespeare Company Chinese Cultural Exchange Programme

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) celebrated the first two years of its Chinese Cultural Exchange programme with an event at London’s Hackney Empire on Wednesday 7 March, to launch three new Chinese productions using the RSC’s translations.

In the presence of the Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director, and Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director, introduced renowned theatre artists, Li Liuyi, Pu Cunxin, Hu Jun, Lu Fang and Jin Hao, who perform their own production of Hamlet later this year, to company members from the RSC’s current Hamlet.

Gregory Doran said: “It is a great honour to welcome Li Liuyi and his wonderful company to the UK and to share experiences of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays across our two cultures.  We learn more about one another by telling and sharing our stories and, as we progress our two translation projects, we are discovering for ourselves the depth and artistic quality of China’s own classical drama.  It is great that Chinese companies have taken the cultural exchange programme to their hearts and we look forward to the three new Chinese Shakespeare productions taking place this year, using our new actor and audience friendly translations.”

The latest updates on the RSC’s programme include:

  • Shakespeare Folio Project: Three of the RSC’s Chinese translations will be performed in China in 2018; including The TempestTwelfth Night and Hamlet.
  • Chinese Classics Translation Project:  More than 45 classical Chinese titles have been nominated by academics, theatre makers, playwrights and translators across the world for exploration. The RSC is hosting a translation workshop in Stratford-upon-Avon in March 2018.
  • ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’: Cinema broadcasts continue in China, with over 200 screenings in past 18 months.

Shakespeare Folio Project – translating Shakespeare’s work into Chinese

The RSC continues this project to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio in 2023, by creating actor and audience friendly translations, working with Chinese writers and translators embedded into the RSC’s rehearsal process.

Following the highly successful first Chinese productions of Henry V (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre 2016) and King Lear (co-production between the National Centre for the Performing Arts and Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio 2017), three new productions using the RSC’s translations play in China in 2018:

  • The Tempest, opening in Beijing in August 2018, directed by Tim Supple, translated by So Kwok Wan, and produced by the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), with Pu Cunxin in the title role. NCPA have partnered with the RSC since the project’s inception in 2015, hosting the ‘King and Country’ tour in 2016 and producing the RSC’s translation of King Lear in Jan 2017, directed by Li Liuyi.
  • Twelfth Night, opening in Guangzhou, in October 2018, directed by Cressida Brown, translated by So Kwok Wan and produced by Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre.
  • Hamlet, opening in Beijing in December 2018, directed by Li Liuyi, and produced by Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio, featuring Hu Jun in the title role, with the first translation in the series by a female translator, Li Jianming.

Li Liuyi, who staged King Lear at the NCPA in Beijing said: “The two visits to your theatre in Stratford were the foundation of the success of my production… I am particularly impressed by the way you work with actors with the text, the way you interpret and reveal the rhythm in the language, the image, and most importantly, how to connect that to a wider audience…I give you my sincere thanks, for your Folio Translation Project has introduced a new Shakespeare, a contemporary Shakespeare to the Chinese audience.”

Chinese Classics Translation Project – exploring Chinese classics for translation and performance to an English-speaking audience

The RSC continues to explore the enormous range of classical Chinese plays written or performed during the 16th and 17th centuries, with more than 45 titles nominated by academics, theatre makers, playwrights and translators across the world.

This exploration follows the success of the first play to come from the Chinese Classics Translation Project.  This was Snow in Midsummer, by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, a contemporary re-imagining of Guan Hanqing’s famous Classical Chinese drama, staged the RSC’s Swan Theatre in 2017.

In March 2018, the RSC will host a Chinese Classics Translation Workshop. Playwrights and classical Chinese translators who are creating new translations of Chinese classical dramas will travel from China, America and Europe to talk about and test the creative choices, possibilities and challenges of their work.  The RSC is also inviting directors to help explore these dramas for today’s stages. They will work together in the RSC’s rehearsal space in Stratford-upon-Avon, sharing their expertise in the same room for the first time.

Playwright, Amber Hsu, who has been commissioned as part of the Chinese Classics Translation Project, says“It has been almost inexpressibly meaningful to work with the RSC and to feel acknowledged, accepted, and perhaps, even belonging, alongside writers and words which you have grown up revering from another side of history, one traditionally thought of as outside and peripheral to the English language.”

Working with translators and academics, the project will create up to ten new translations in English, as well as a collection of detailed plot summaries, in readiness for the creation of a digital archive in 2023. This will contribute to the increasing awareness within English-speaking theatre-makers and audiences of the wealth of stories told in China over the centuries, and the RSC hopes to encourage other companies to explore these remarkable texts.

‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’: Cinema broadcasts of the RSC’s Shakespeare productions in China

Since May 2016, the RSC’s ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ cinema broadcasts have been screened more than 200 times in cities across China, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Jinan, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Kunming, Chengdu and Dalian. Forthcoming titles to be shown include Julius Caesar and Titus Andronicus from the RSC’s recent Rome Season.

The RSC’s production of Hamlet runs at the Hackney Empire until 31 March 2018, it then transfers to the Kennedy Centre, Washington from 2 – 6 May 2018.

New children’s cast and online lottery announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical

RSC's Matilda The Musical_
RSC's Matilda The Musical_

RSC’s Matilda The Musical_ March 2018_Sara Munday, Savannah Read, Olivia Wells and Lily-Mae Evans who share the role of Matilda_Photo by Manuel Harlan

  • New children’s casting announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical 
  • Sara Munday and Olivia Wells join Lily-Mae Evans and Savannah Read in the title role from 13 March 2018
  • Brand new online lottery launches on Monday 5 March 2018  with band a tickets available for £25 at every performance
  • Currently in its seventh year in the West End and now booking until 10 February 2019, the multi award-winning musical’s Uk & Ireland tour starts on Monday 5 March at Leicester Curve 

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s West End production of Matilda The Musical has announced that Sara Munday and Olivia Wells will join Lily-Mae Evans and Savannah Read in the title role of Matilda from 13 March 2018. Seen by over 7.7 million people across more than 60 cities worldwide, the multi award-winning production is now playing its seventh year in London, booking at the Cambridge Theatre until 10 February 2019.

Also announced today is Matilda The Musical’s first ever online ticket lottery which will begin on Monday 5 March. The online rolling lottery offers the chance to purchase two Band A seats at £25 each for every performance. The lottery can be entered at any time for all performances in a two-week period and lucky winners will be notified 3 to 5 days in advance of being given a 24 hour window to book their tickets online.
In addition to the new ticket lottery, there will continue to be sixteen £5 tickets held for 16-25 year olds at every performance which are available to purchase in person from 10am on the day of each performance at the Cambridge Theatre Box Office.
Winner of 86 major international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the hit show is now the longest running production to play at the Cambridge Theatre and is one of the top twenty longest running musicals in the West End having now welcomed over 3 million audiences members.
The RSC’s Matilda The Musical UK and Ireland tour will have its first performance on Monday 5 March at Leicester Curve, where it will play until 24 March before touring to Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (4 – 28 April 2018),Sunderland Empire (8 May – 2 June 2018), Milton Keynes Theatre (5 – 30 June 2018), Birmingham Hippodrome (3 July – 8 September 2018), Manchester Palace (18 September – 24 November 2018) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4 December – 12 January 2019).
The other young performers announced today join the London company in the three teams who play the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall and are as follows: Isabella AleppoBobby Beynon,Jacob BlandMia ByersImogen DarwenDarmani EbojiAsher EzequielDaniel Etim Finnemore,  Ashirah Foster NoticeRuben GarciaMikey ImpiazziTaziva-Faye KatsandeJackson LaingSadie Victoria Lim,Madison LocksColby MulgrewJack Riley and Sam Winser.
Omar Cain-FrancisLucy CheesmanLiberty GreigLauren HensonVaidile JonikasMia McLoughlin andMartin Soosaipillai will continue in the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the pupils at Crunchem Hall.
The show’s forthcoming child cast change will see Lily-Mae, Sara, Savannah and Olivia join the current adult cast which includes David Shannon as Miss Trunchbull, Gina Beck as Miss Honey, and Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict as Mr and Mrs Wormwood.
The full adult cast includes Keisha Amponsa BansonRichard AstburyGina BeckMarianne BenedictDavid BirchTom EddenMaria GracianoKarina HindPeter HoustonKatie LeeVicki Lee TaylorKris Manuel,Bryan MottramTom MuggeridgeEmma Robotham-HuntDavid ShannonSimon ShortenBiancha SzynalCallum Train and Robert Tregoning.
Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.
Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews. The New York production of Matilda The Musicalopened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.
Matilda The Musical has now been seen by more than 7.7 million people worldwide, having played in over 60 cities with more than 5500 performances in the West End, on Broadway, across North America and in Australia and New Zealand.
Matilda The Musical swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and won four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway.
The Australian and New Zealand production won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, and played sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland. The show broke further records in July 2016 by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. Matilda The Musical will have its first non-English language production at the LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea from September 2018 until February 2019.
Matilda The Musical is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.
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Royal Shakespeare Company announces Winter 2018 Artistic Programme

Gregory Doran
Gregory Doran

Gregory Doran

“Our winter season is full of dark comedy and satire, with productions exploring abuse of power, greed, lechery and human potential for change.  Continuing our mission to ensure Shakespeare and theatre are for everyone, this season is packed with exciting theatre artists and has bite, humour and powerful resonances in our volatile world.”Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director

  • Troilus and Cressidadirected by Gregory Doran, with music by Evelyn Glennie – dedicated to the memory of the RSC’s co-founder, John Barton
  • A Christmas Caroladapted from Dickens’ tale by David Edgar and directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, back by popular demand
  • Tamburlaineby Christopher Marlowe – directed by Michael Boyd, who returns to the RSC for the first time since stepping down as Artistic Director
  • Tartuffe, a new version of Molière’s classic, by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, directed by Iqbal Khan and set in Birmingham’s Pakistani Muslim community
  • Timon of AthensKathryn Hunter takes the title role, directed by Simon Godwin
  • First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, tours schools and theatres nationwide and plays in the Swan Theatre, directed by Alex Thorpe
  • ‘First Time Fridays’, £10 tickets for first-time visitors to the RSC every single Friday
  • New Shakespeare podcasts in partnership with The Telegraph
  • In My Shoes – new national Arts Council Collection touring exhibition

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, announced the RSC’s winter 2018 season, a nationwide schools’ tour and a new £10 ticket offer for first time visitors:

“We are halfway through our project to stage every one of Shakespeare’s plays in the First Folio, presenting work in a radically different way and making every play an event and celebrating Shakespeare’s continuing relevance to a contemporary audience. We have staged 19 Shakespeare productions since 2013, reaching a worldwide audience of 2.1 million.

“We open our winter season with my production of Troilus and Cressida, which I have chosen to dedicate to John Barton, the co-founder of the RSC, who sadly died last week. John was both a great director and teacher and simply one of the greatest influences in the acting of Shakespeare of the last century. He always declared that his favourite play was Troilus and Cressida, which he first directed in 1960.  When I told him I would be directing it this year, he shared some of his passion for the play with me. I regret that he won’t be around to tell me what I got wrong.

“I am enjoying collaborating with virtuoso percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, whose input is inspiring the very design of the Troilus set, as we devise ways of making the whole theatre resound with the rhythm of war.  We bring a gender-balanced cast to this testosterone-fuelled play on our main stage, exploring and challenging gender conventions for every character.

“Following the enormous success of David Edgar’s wonderful adaptation of A Christmas Carol, we are responding to popular demand and bringing it back for next Christmas.

“It is wonderful to have Michael Boyd back with us, staging his powerful version of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine – the story of the ultimate career imperialist. Michael first staged this edit of Tamburlaine with a US cast in New York in 2014 with our friends at Theatre for a New Audience.

“Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto’s hilarious new version of Molière’s Tartuffe, set up the road from us in Birmingham and directed by Iqbal Khan, promises to be a biting take on those who use religion for their own ends to prey on people looking for meaning in their lives.

“And I am so pleased Kathryn Hunter is returning to us to play Timon, Shakespeare’s philanthropist-turned-misanthrope in Simon Godwin’s production of Timon of Athens.

“We continue to open our doors as wide as possible to young people and those who might not always feel theatre is for them with new audience initiatives.

“We work with partners in the heart of communities once more with our hugely popular First Encounters with Shakespeare, staging a new production of The Comedy of Errors in schools and local theatres around the country.

“We are making it even easier for first-time visitors to see our shows, with a new ‘First Time Fridays’ offer of two tickets at £10 each if you’ve never been to the RSC before.”


Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare, directed by Gregory Doran

12 October – 17 November 2018
Press Night: Thursday 18 October, 7pm
Broadcast ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinemas: 14 November 2018

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – adapted by David Edgar, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh

4 December 2018 – 20 January 2019,
Press Night: Thursday 6 December, 7pm
Semi-integrated British Sign Language signed performance: 18 January 2019

The Winter 2018 season opens on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage with Troilus and Cressida.  Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another, but their innocence is tested in the siege of Troy. Gregory Doran directs this rarely-performed and savagely comic satire on war and lechery, collaborating with percussionist Evelyn Glennie to create a futuristic vision of a world echoing with the rhythm of battle. This production will be the first time the RSC has explored a full-length Shakespeare play with a cast with an equal gender balance.  The designer is Niki Turner, with lighting by Matt Daw and as co-composer and sound designer, Dave Price.

Troilus and Cressida will be followed by a revival of the critically-acclaimed David Edgar adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, back by popular demand following its hugely successful run this winter.  The production is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with design by Stephen Brimson Lewis and music by Catherine Jayes.

The RSC continues to find ways to make live theatre as accessible as possible, with a semi-integrated BSL performance, alongside regular audio-description, captioning and free touch tours.


Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Michael Boyd

16 August – 1 December 2018
Press night: 23 August, 7pm

Tartuffe by Molière – a new version by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, directed by Iqbal Khan

7 September 2018 – 23 February 2019
Press night: Tuesday 18 September, 7pm

Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare, directed by Simon Godwin

7 December 2018 – 22 February 2019
Press night: Thursday 13 December, 7pm
(The production will be recorded for broadcast ‘Live From Stratford-upon-Avon’, dates to be confirmed)

Opening the season in the Swan Theatre will be Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, directed by Michael Boyd who will revisit his edit of the production, which was highly praised in the US when staged at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center (TFANA) in New York in 2014.

With Parts I and II edited by Michael Boyd into a single production, Tamburlaine charts Tamburlaine’s rise to power and the extravagant savagery which can result when unlimited political ego is let loose on the world. This is the first time Michael has returned to the RSC since stepping down as Artistic Director in 2012 and he collaborates once again with designer Tom Piper in this new production of the play.  Music is by James Jones, lighting by Wolfgang Goebbel and sound by Claire Windsor.

Joining the Swan repertoire is a brand-new version of Molière’s provocative French classic comedy Tartuffe, from Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, the writers of Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42.  Set in the Pakistani Muslim community in Birmingham, Tartuffe tells the story of charismatic chameleon, Tahir Taufiq Arsuf, a Rasputin for the 21st Century armed with a Twitter handle and the gift of the gab. Birmingham-born Iqbal Khan will direct, following his recent productions of Othello and Antony and Cleopatra. Bretta Gerecke designs, with lighting by Richard Howell.

The season concludes with Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s poignant satire on wealth, greed and betrayal.  Simon Godwin, whose last production for the RSC, Hamlet, tours nationally in the spring of 2018, directs Kathryn Hunter in the title role. The designer is Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Tim Lutkin.  This will the first Shakespeare title to play in the Swan during the RSC’s current journey through the First Folio, and the first time the play has been performed in this space.



First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

19 – 27 October 2018 Swan Theatre and on tour to schools and theatres nationwide Oct – Dec 2018

The RSC’s new ‘First Encounters with Shakespeare’ for younger audiences is The Comedy of Errorsedited and directed by Alex Thorpe. The production plays in the Swan Theatre and once more goes directly into the heart of communities as it tours schools and theatres nationwide, promising 90 minutes of comic confusion.  The professional cast will be joined by young performers from across the country in this unique collaboration between the RSC, its regional theatre partners and Associate Schools.  Tour details to follow.



‘First Time Fridays’ offers people who have never been to the RSC before the chance to buy £10 tickets for anyFriday show. People can buy up to two tickets for the show of their choice. Tickets will be held for each production, with 20 tickets available for Royal Shakespeare Theatre productions, 10 for Swan Theatre productions and 6 for productions in the Studio at The Other Place. The offer is open to all those who are new to the RSC’s database.



The RSC works in partnership with The Telegraph to create its first ever series of podcasts, Much Ado About Shakespeare, starting in March 2018. With a range of interviews, behind the scenes insight and commentary from experts in the field, they will explore our enduring fascination with Shakespeare. The monthly podcasts will be free and accessible from both the RSC’s and the Telegraph’s websites and from platforms such as iTunes, Podbean and Acast.

LIVE PODCAST EVENT: On Thursday 19 April, ahead of the Shakespeare’s Birthday weekend celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon, we are recording one of our podcast episodes live at The Other Place. The panel will be led by Gregory Doran, with final details to be announced. Tickets will go on sale with the winter season. RSC Members and Patrons will have priority booking and Telegraph subscribers will have an exclusive ticket allocation.



In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s – An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

PACCAR ROOM, Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 6 October 2018 – 6 January 2019

The RSC hosts a new Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, In My Shoes, which explores the ways in which UK-based artists have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s. Encompassing a range of media including film, photography and sculpture, In My Shoes features works by significant artists including Tracey Emin, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, Gavin Turk, Gillian Wearing and Jesse Wine.

The exhibition reflects the widespread interest in self-expression that extends beyond the art world to the rise of the ‘selfie’ and offers an opportunity to consider the legacies of so-called ‘Young British Art’.

Full casting announced for The Cherry Orchard, a Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production

The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Full casting for Michael Boyd’s much anticipated production of The Cherry Orchard is announced today as rehearsals begin for the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production. Rory Mullarkey’s brand-new translation will be directed by Boyd, celebrated former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Having studied Russian and trained as a director in Moscow, extraordinarily, he will be directing Chekhov – the literary love of his life – for the first time.

Kirsty Bushell and Jude Owusu lead the ensemble in this vivid new production, which opens at Bristol Old Vic 1 March – 7 April, before transferring to Manchester’s Royal Exchange from 19 April – 19 May.

Chekhov’s final masterpiece is full of wild humour and piercing sadness in this fresh, funny and honest new translation. A portrait of changing times, it maps the bittersweet tensions between the desperate longing to hold onto what is familiar, and the restless lure of the new. Revolution hangs in the air, the poor and hungry are pushing at the doors, and a civilised and complacent culture is on the brink of collapse…

 Kirsty Bushell plays Ranyevskaya, a woman whose liberal world of privilege and pleasure is beginning to show cracks while she and her family live on in denial. Kirsty was recently seen on television in BBC’s Motherland, but it is on stage where she has earned her renowned reputation. Her career is one of dynamic variety, spanning roles from Olivia in the RSC’s Twelfth Night and Juliet for Shakespeare’s Globe

to Vittoria in The White Devil (RSC), the title role in Hedda Gabler, and the recent “pitch-perfect” Regan opposite Ian McKellan’s King Lear. Her career also spans new works such as the recent Boys will Be Boys (Headlong/Bush), Torn for the Royal Court and Disgraced (The Bush). She regularly works with some of the leading directors in the world, including Ivo Van Hove, Michael Grandage and Maria Aberg, appearing regularly with the RSC, National Theatre and Royal Court.

 Jude Owusu plays the successful businessman Lopakhin, who has loved Ranyevskaya since childhood and now hopes to be her salvation. Jude’s recent theatre work includes A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park), Gregory Doran’s Julius Caesar, Tim Crouch’s I, Cinna (both RSC/West End) and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre). His television work includes the acclaimed The Hollow Crown series for BBC.

 They are joined by Simon Coates in the role of Ranyevskaya’s well-intentioned but delusional brother Gayev. Simon has worked extensively with the National Theatre and the RSC, appearing throughout the world in many celebrated productions including: Robert Lepage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tim Supple’s The Comedy of Errors, David Farr’s Coriolanus, Robert Icke’s 1984 and Declan Donnellan’s As You Like It, for which he received an Olivier award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a New York Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor.

BAFTA-nominated Togo Igawa takes the role of Gayev’s elderly servant Firs. In 1986, he became the first Japanese actor to join The Royal Shakespeare Company. His work spans stage, film, anime, games and television. Stage work includes, Her Voice (Dublin Theatre Festival), Pacific Overtures (Donmar), and The Fair Maid of the West (RSC). His film work is extensive and includes Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017), 47 Ronin (2013), The Last Samurai (2004), Topsy-Turvy (2000) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

Landowner Pischik is played by Julius D’Silva. His extensive theatre credits include Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto), Made In Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe/ETT), Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe). He has previously worked with Michael Boyd as part of the RSC’s Olivier Award-winningHistories Ensemble 2006–2008. His film credits include Notes on a Scandal and Endgame, and he can currently be seen in TV drama The Crown.

Éva Magyar takes the role of Charlotta. Born in Hungary, she originally took the UK theatre scene by storm with her performance as Yseult in the original Kneehigh/National Theatre production of Tristan and Yseult. Her recent roles include Berthe in Ivo Van Hove’s Hedda Gabler (National Theatre) and the title role of Marlene for Tristan Bates Theatre. Jack Monaghan plays the clerk Yepikhodov. He recently played Benjamin in The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Albert in the West End run of War Horse, as well as performing at Shakespeare’s Globe in As You Like It, and at Hampstead Theatre in Deposit.

Bristol Old Vic welcomes back Emma Naomi in the role of the family’s maid, Dunyasha (previously The Crucible, Bristol Old Vic) andEnyi Okoronkwo as the eternal student Trofimov (previously Junkyard, Bristol Old Vic).

The cast also includes two recent Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates and 2017 Peter O’Toole Prize winners, Verity Blyth as Ranyevskaya’s daughter Anya (13, Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Rosy McEwan as Varya (Julius Caesar, Bristol Old Vic).

They are joined by Hayden Mclean as Yasha (Fair to Middling, New Wimbledon Studio; Ages, Old Vic London), Joseph Hardy (Façade/Strange Joy, East London Music Group) and Harry Humberstone (Ablutions, FellSwoop Theatre).

Michael Boyd, lauded former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was a trainee director in Moscow at the start of his career, and only now directs his first Chekhov play for Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Exchange Theatre. With a unique ‘in the round’ design created by Tom Piper (co-designer of the poppy installation at the Tower of London in 2014; Romeo and Juliet, RSC; and A Midsummers Night’s Dream, RSC and UK tour), Bristol Old Vic’s theatre will be transformed into a full circle of seating, which mirrors the unique auditorium at the Exchange, allowing audiences to experience every part of this rich and rewarding masterpiece up-close and from every angle.

Rory Mullarkey is a prize-winning playwright and translator. He was the Pearson Writer in Residence at the Royal Exchange, Manchester where he became the youngest playwright ever staged at the Exchange’s main theatre aged just 25. His debut play Cannibals was hailed “one of the most provocative, original and disturbing debuts since Blasted”. In 2014, Rory won the Harold Pinter Playwriting Prize, the George Devine Award (jointly with Alice Birch) and the James Tait Black Prize for Drama. His most recent production was the National theatre’s Saint George and the Dragon and he is currently under commission to the Royal Exchange, The Royal Court, The Almeida and the Michael Grandage Company.


A Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production


Writer Anton Chekhov

Translation Rory Mullarkey

Director Michael Boyd

Designer Tom Piper NATIONAL PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 8 March, 7pm (Bristol Old Vic)

1 Mar – 7 Apr 2018



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Full casting announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company

Full casting is announced for Romeo and Juliet, directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and designed by Tom Piper. Previews begin in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on the 21 April 2018, with the ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ cinema broadcast on the 18 July 2018. A nationwide tour is planned for 2019, venues include Newcastle Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Norwich, Blackpool Grand, Theatre Royal Nottingham and The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. With full tour details to be announced.

As previously announced Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick will play the roles of Romeo and Juliet. They are joined by Charlotte Josephine as Mercutio, known for her writing as well as acting. Charlotte’s hit plays include the award-winningBitch Boxer and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out Blush. Her acting credits beyond her own work include being part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre Company and Phyllida Lloyd’s Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse. Playing Tybalt is Raphael Sowole, whose credits include Simon Stephens ‘ adaptation of The Seagull (Lyric Hammersmith),Pygmalion (Headlong, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nuffield) and Black Theatre Live’s touring production of Hamlet.

The full cast also includes: Afolabi Alli (Paris); Donna Banya (Gregory); Stevie Basaula (Sampson); Ishia Bennison(Nurse); Katy Brittain (Friar John/Apothecary); Raif Clarke (Peter); Beth Cordingly (Escalus); Paul Dodds (Montague);Josh Finan (Benvolio); Andrew French (Friar Laurence); Mariam Haque (Lady Capulet); Michael Hodgson (Capulet);John Macaulay (Cousin Capulet); Tom Padley (Balthasar); Sakuntala Ramanee (Lady Montague) and Nima Taleghani(Abraham).

Romeo and Juliet is directed by Erica Whyman and designed by Tom Piper with lighting by Charles Balfour. Music is bySophie Cotton and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

Romeo and Juliet Workshops for Young People

As previously announced schools in the UK will be given unprecedented access to the Romeo and Juliet rehearsal room as part of a new series of 45-minute LIVE LESSONS, giving students a unique insight into the creative process and interpretive choices that directors and actors make as they prepare to stage a new production. Live Lessons are generously supported by Virgin Media.

The RSC LIVE LESSON for Romeo and Juliet will be broadcast on 25 January 2018 between 10.30 and 11.15am. Led by Erica Whyman, the lesson will provide an overview of the show’s concept before focussing on the famous balcony scene between Shakespeare’s notorious star-crossed lovers. This is the most watched and studied scene from the play.

Alongside Romeo and Juliet, the RSC will be offering a series of events and workshops to make the play vivid, accessible and enjoyable for young people and their teachers.  The activities will use the same approaches used by the actors and director in the rehearsal room to help students develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s work. These will include:

  • GCSE Study Day: This full day workshop is tailored to explore key scenes, characters and language needed for students doing a GCSE in English or Drama.
  • Primary Open Day: Primary school groups will take part in a range of activities including an onstage session with members of the company.
  • Theatre Skills Day: Working with RSC Voice and Movement specialists as well as RSC directors, students will work on an extract of the text as actors.
  • Character Workshops: Tailored sessions to focus on specific characters from the play exploring the language they use, key scenes and relationships.

Full details of the work of the RSC Education department is available here:

Full Casting announced for Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth


Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Polly Findlay directs this contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller which runs in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 13 March until 18 September. Her production of David Eldridge’s play Beginning transfers from the National Theatre into the West End at the Ambassadors theatre from 15 January – 24 March 2018.

Joining Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are David Acton (Duncan);Afolabi Alli (Company); Donna Banya (Donalbain/Gentlewoman); Stevie Basaula (Bloody Captain/2nd Murderer);Edward Bennett (Macduff); Katy Brittain (Doctor); Raif Clarke (Boy); Paul Dodds (Chamberlain 1); Josh Finan(Company); Bally Gill (Ross); Mariam Haque (Lady MacDuff); Michael Hodgson (Porter); John Macaulay(Chamberlain/Lord); Luke Newberry (Malcolm); Tom Padley (1st Murderer); Tim Samuels (Lennox) and Raphael Sowole (Banquo).

The production is designed by Fly Davis with lighting by Lizzie Powell and music by Rupert Cross. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and movement is by Aline David with fights by Kate Waters and Illusions by Chris Fisher.

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Polly Findlay

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
13 March – 18 September 2018

Press night: Tuesday 20 March, 7pm

Broadcast live to cinemas on 11 April.
Followed by encore screenings and international screenings from the 4 May.

Tickets: 01789 403493 or


Royal Shakespeare Company launches photography competition for 16 – 25 year olds



In a commitment to support the next generation of theatre photographers, today the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) launches the RSC Key* Photography Competition, for 16 – 25 year olds. The winners will be commissioned to take the rehearsal photos for the RSC’s four Shakespeare productions in the Spring 2018 season including: Macbeth directed by Polly Findlay; Romeo and Juliet directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman; the touring production of Hamlet directed by Simon Godwin; and The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Fiona Laird.

Young people who want to enter the competition can post the photo they wish to be judged on Instagram, tagging @TheRSCKey in the photo and using the hashtag #RSCPhotoComp, before the competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 3 December. Entries will then be shortlisted and the four winners will be selected by six judges and announced on Monday 18 December.

The judges include three of the country’s leading theatre photographers: Manuel HarlanHelen Maybanks and Topher McGrillis. They are joined by the RSC’s Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, RSC Director of Communications Liz Thompson and RSC Image Manager Michelle Morton.

The four winners will be commissioned as professional rehearsal photographers, contracted and paid for by the RSC as well as being guided and mentored by one of the photography judges. Their photos will be used within the programme for each production, they will also receive tickets to see the production they have photographed.

Michelle Morton, RSC Image Manager said, “The aim of our competition is not only to provide an incredible opportunity for young people to experience the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company, but could also be a real step towards a professional career in theatre photography. We hope that as a result, we will see new talent in the world of theatre photography which can only have a positive impact on helping to support the work of theatre companies.”

*The RSC Key is a free membership scheme for 16 – 25 year olds offering BP £5 tickets for RSC shows plus exclusive events and insights. For more information:

More information on the competition can be fund here:

Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found here:

For further information contact: Amy Belson [email protected] / 01789 412622 or Dean Asker [email protected]/ 01789 412660.


The Judges

Manuel Harlan has photographed a huge range of RSC productions including the current productions of Twelfth Night and A Christmas Carol. He’s also photographed the RSC’s West End production of Matilda The Musical and for the UK’s leading theatres including the National Theatre, Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre and the Royal Court.

Helen Maybanks most recently photographed the RSC’s Rome Season currently showing at the Barbican in London. She also photographed the RSC debut of HRH Prince The Prince of Wales at Shakespeare Live! At the RSC, shown on the BBC to mark 400 years since the death of Shakespeare. Her other work includes commissions for Dreamworks, Michael McCabe Productions, Playful Productions, the National Youth Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith.

Topher McGrillis has worked on some of the RSC’s most photographically challenging productions including the UK tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where he photographed all 682 company members, and the RSC’s co-production with Intel and in association with the Imaginarium Studios of The Tempest, featuring for the first time a character as an avatar live on stage. In addition to his photography, he is an award winning self-shooting director working extensively in broadcast and film.

Michelle Morton is the RSC’s Image Manager. She is responsible for developing and managing the digital image archive of the RSC. She licenses images and AV content for commercial and editorial use as well as advising on copyright.

Liz Thompson is the RSC’s Director of Communications. Her department is responsible for commissioning photography for all RSC productions, ensuring the images truly represent the essence of every production.

Erica Whyman is the Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC. In the Spring 2018 Season she will direct Romeo and Juliet in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which will tour nationally in 2019.


Shakespeare Spring 2018 Productions

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Directed by Polly Findlay

Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 13 March – 22 September 2018
Press night: Tuesday 20 March, 7pm
Broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon to cinemas: 11 April 2018

Shakespeare’s dark tragedy of power and revenge is directed by Polly Findlay whose last RSC production was The Alchemist in 2016.Christopher Eccleston makes his RSC debut in the title role of the bloody king in this contemporary psychological thriller. He is joined byNiamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Directed by Erica Whyman

Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 21 April – 22 September 2018
Press night: Tuesday 1 May, 7pm
Broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon to cinemas: 18 June 2018

Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, and set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. Young people from RSC Associate Schools around the country will share the role of the Chorus with the professional cast.

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Fiona Laird

Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 4 August – 20 September 2018
Press night: Tuesday 14 August, 7pm
Broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon to cinemas: 12 September 2018

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. Fiona Laird makes her directing debut for the RSC and David Troughton takes on the role of Falstaff.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Godwin

National Tour: 26 January to 31 March 2018

Simon Godwin’s acclaimed production embarks on a UK tour, with Paapa Essiedu returning to play the title role. More tour details here:

KINGDOM COME a devised piece by Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon from 7 – 30 September 2017

Emmanuella Cole 

Emmanuella Cole 

Emmanuella Cole 

For the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Mischief Festival this autumn, Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard present a new devised piece, Kingdom Come. Running from the 7 – 30 September with a press performance onMonday 11 September at 7pmKingdom Come is accompanied by a series of talks and events.

The company includes; Nigel Barrett (Cyrano de Bergerac/Northern Stage and Every One/BAC); Emmanuella Cole (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again./RSC); Lucy Ellinson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation/RSC); Solomon Israel (What Country Friends Is This?/RSC and The Pulverised/Arcola); Tom Lyall(Associate Artist Shunt) and Madeleine Worrall (The Tempest/RSC and Peter Pan and Jane Eyre/National Theatre).

Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman said: “I am delighted that the RSC has had the opportunity to collaborate with Gemma, Wendy and their team. They are theatre artists whose work I have known and admired for a long time, and Kingdom Come looks set to be properly ambitious, rich, visceral and thoughtful and quite unlike anything else you will see here this Autumn. They are true Mischief-makers.”

Kingdom Come is conceived and created Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard, and devised with the company, with designer Charlotte Espiner and sound artist Melanie Wilson. It is set in 1640, at the bitter end of one political order and in the struggle towards something new. Parliament is rebellious. There are mobs on London’s streets. England, Ireland and Scotland are on the brink of a devastating civil war. In Whitehall, supported by the newest theatrical machinery, King Charles I is playing a god. As the world turns upside down women preach, poor men lead, and radical ideas illuminate the carnage. But the puritan state starts to tighten its grip, and making theatre could soon be a capital offence.

Gemma Brockis is a founder member of pioneering immersive theatre company Shunt. She is also a director, writer and performer. Recent projects include the lead in the feature film No Light and No Land Anywhere (2016). Wendy Hubbard is a director and dramaturg., whose recent directing work includes Chris Goode’s Men in the Cities (Royal Court 2015).


Play On – Thursday 7 September, after the show
Susie’s Café Bar, FREE
Local musicians perform in Susie’s Bar at The Other Place.

Writer and Director talk – Saturday 9 September, 5.15pm
Events Space @ The Other Place, £5
The team behind Kingdom Come discuss the production.

Bright Smoke – Friday 15 September, 7.30pm
Susie’s Café Bar, FREE
Spoken word night with headline guest poets, in collaboration with Apples & Snakes – this month the theme is ‘ranting’ inspired by the Ranters, a group of dissenters that emerged during the interregnum in the 1600s.

Unwrapped – Saturday 16 September, 10.15am
Rehearsal Rooms, The Other Place, £5
An insight into the devising and rehearsal process for Kingdom Come, looking at excerpts from the show with the Assistant Director and members of the company.

A Conversation: The Interregnum – Monday 18 September, after the show
Events Space, FREE
Director Gemma Brockis in conversation about the period of history that inspired Kingdom Come.

To book call 01789 403493 or online at

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

Full Casting announced for Coriolanus, as part of the RSC Rome season

Sope Dirisu

Sope Dirisu

Sope Dirisu

Full casting is announced for Coriolanus, the final production of the RSC’s Rome season, directed by Angus Jackson. Coriolanus joins the repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in September, and is cross cast with Julius CaesarAntony & Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus. All four productions transfer to London’s Barbican Theatre from the 6 November 2017.

As previously announced playing the title role is Sope Dirisu, who most recently performed as Cassisus Clay in One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse) and ITV’s The Halcyon. He is joined by Haydn Gwynne who returns to the RSC after 11 years to play his mother, Volumnia. Haydn can currently be seen as Camilla in series two of Channel 4’s The Windsors. Her other credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); as Margaret Thatcher in The Audience and in TV’s Father BrownUncle and Death in Paradise.

Also returning to the RSC is Associate Artist Paul Jesson who plays Menenius. Paul was last at the RSC withWolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies in which he played Cardinal Wolsey in the Swan Theatre, West End and Broadway productions. Paul’s other credits include the movie adaptation of Coriolanus directed by Ralph Fiennes and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.

The company also includes Charles Aitken (Cominius); Tony Boncza (Senator); James Corrigan (Aufidius);Bally Gill (Citizen/Soldier); Robert Ginty (Citizen/Soldier); Ben Hall (Roman Soldier); Sean Hart(Citizen/Soldier); Martina Laird (Junius Brutus); Geoffrey Lumb (1st Citizen); Justine Marriot (2nd Citizen);Christopher Middleton (2nd Volscian Senator/Lord); Hannah Morrish (Virgilia); Jackie Morrison (Sicinius Veletus); Esther Niles (Gentlewoman); Katherine Toy (Valeria); Rebecca Wingate (Senator); Simon Yadoo(Trumpeter/1st Roman/Noble) and Assad Zaman (Citizen/Soldier).

Coriolanus is directed by Angus Jackson and designed by Robert Innes Hopkins with lighting by Richard Howell. Music is by Mira Calix and sound by Carolyn Downing. Movement is by Lucy Cullingford and fights by Terry King.

Coriolanus is broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon on the 11 October with encore dates

Coriolanus transfers to the Barbican Theatre 6 – 18 November 2017

To book tickets call 01789 403493 or online at