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As part of its long-term national engagement strategy, the Royal Shakespeare Company is touring a RSC triple bill of Shakespeare; Measure for Measure, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew.
RSC Triple Bill
Measure For Measure
When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.
Artistic Director Gregory Doran transports the drama to 1900s Vienna where a ‘glittering waltz-time world gives way to a portrait of public hypocrisy’ (Guardian) in this ‘excitingly simple and vivid’ (The Times) take on one of Shakespeare’s most astonishingly resonant plays.
★★★★ ‘This fresh, insightful version of a morally murky play finds the RSC on flying form’ – Mail on Sunday
★★★★ ‘Excitingly simple and vivid…a luminous clarity’ – The Times
★★★★ ‘Excellent…a rolling mass of desire, repression and duplicity’- Financial Times
★★★★ ‘A perfectly judged portrait of public hypocrisy and seething sexuality’ – Guardian
As You Like It
Rosalind is banished and with her best friend, Celia by her side, she journeys to a world of exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando who is also forced from The Court into the Forest…What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness?
Kimberley Sykes directs this playful and passionate version of Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy.
★★★★ ‘Inventive, playful, captivating…A bonkers trip to the Forest of Arden’ – Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Kimberley Sykes’ playful production…captures the joy of falling in love’ – Mail on Sunday
‘The Forest of Arden has rarely felt more appealing’ – Guardian
‘Big, bright and loud Shakespearean comedy’ – Daily Mail
Taming Of The Shrew
In a reimagined 1590, society is a matriarchy. Women hold the power, control the state and own the property. In a society where men have no authority, Lady Baptista is selling off her two sons to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.
Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare’s fierce comedy of gender politics on its head in this ‘landmark production’ (Evening Standard) that offers a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and
★★★★ ‘A landmark production as women take charge’ – Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘Deftly provocative and exuberantly entertaining’ – The Times
★★★★ ‘Beautiful…revelatory…wonderful’ – Whatsonstage
★★★★ ‘Funny, eye-opening and illuminating’ – The Stage
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