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Two of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Stratford-upon-Avon venues - the Swan Theatre and The Other Place - will remain closed until 2022, with the company using only the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) over the coming year.
The RSC will stage a programme of live performances in the RST in December and January. The events, which will be presented in front of socially distanced reduced-capacity audiences, will also be streamed, to enable people further afield to take part.
Planning also continues for the full reopening of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Spring 2021 with full-scale productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy Of Errors.
The production of The Magician’s Elephant, due to open in November 2021, is planned to go ahead as announced in the RST.
The ongoing closure of the Swan Theatre means that The Wars Of The Roses Parts 1 & 2, which had already been rescheduled from this year to autumn 2021, will now be delayed, hopefully to open in 2022. The staging of the three parts of Shakespeare’s Henry VI will be performed as a landmark event alongside Richard III.
The RSC’s Ticketing Team will be in touch directly with ticket holders for The Wars Of The Roses.
Commenting on the latest RSC developments, the Company’s artistic director, Gregory Doran, said: “We want to welcome our audiences back, to reopen again and to help our regional and wider economy rebuild itself, bringing people back into our towns and cities.
“We look ahead with optimism to 2021 when we plan for our postponed productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors to finally make it to the stage.
“We want our brilliant workforce, permanent and freelance, to be back doing what they do best, making live theatre.
“Throughout the pandemic we have supported young people and teachers around the country through RSC Education. It’s critical work, and this will continue through newly developed ways of working that support learning at home and in school.
“We continue to face the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, and today was a difficult day as we began formal consultation about potential redundancies with our fantastic staff.
“We will continue to respond creatively to the ongoing crisis and look forward to the moment when we can reopen our doors with full-scale productions to celebrate all that is brilliant about live theatre.”
For further information, visit www.rsc.org.uk
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