The Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed full performance dates for its previously scheduled productions of The Magician’s Elephant and The Wars Of The Roses Part 1 & 2 (an epic staging of Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3 in two performances). 

The productions, which were postponed due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, will now take place in Winter 2021.

Gregory Doran, the RSC’s artistic director, said: “Every time the RSC mounts Shakespeare’s early history plays, they strike a powerful chord. If you want to understand the dangerous world we live in, with its divisive politics, the rise of demagoguery and the threat of despotism, then you need look no further than The War Of The Roses Part 1 & 2. This ferociously vivid account of the brutal struggle for the English Crown will, without doubt, strike different resonances deep in its audiences’ consciousness today.

“Meanwhile, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, we continue to platform the most exciting voices of today with the premiere of our new family musical, The Magician’s Elephant. The beautifully crafted storytelling of Kate DiCamillo’s novel, and Nancy Harris and Marc Teitler’s idiosyncratic ear for music and lyrics, are the perfect marriage for this darkly comic fairytale, which, at its heart, is a celebration of human imagination and the miracle of surviving adversity.”

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