Royal Shakespeare Company: Pericles

We will be showing Pericles live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday, 23rd September.

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heart-breaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle. Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.

Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

You can read the RSC synopsis here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Comedy Of Errors

We will be showing The Comedy Of Errors live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday, 15th July.

“So I to find a mother and a brother
In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself”

How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the man he was, but starts to rather like it. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? And do they really want to?

Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017, The Merry Wives of Windsor 2012). Miles Jupp will make his RSC debut as Antipholus of Syracuse.

You can read the RSC synopsis here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Winter’s Tale

We will be showing The Winter’s Tale live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday, 10th June.

King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?

A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.

You can read the RSC synopsis here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Timon Of Athens

We will be showing Timon of Athens live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday, 20th November.

In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value?

Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. Surely it can’t last?

When the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved. Poignant, funny and bitter, Shakespeare’s dark satire forces us to question where happiness really lies.

Directed by Simon Godwin and featuring a searing central performance from award winning actor Kathryn Hunter.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Measure For Measure

We will be showing Measure For Measure live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday, 31st July.

“To whom should I complain?”

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. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.

Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production, starring Lucy Phelps, Antony Byrne and James Cooney.

You can read the RSC synopsis here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Taming Of The Shrew

We will be showing The Taming Of The Shrew live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday, 5th June.

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.

Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. Starring Amanda Harris and Joseph Arkley.

You can read the RSC synopsis here and view the official trailer here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: As You Like It

We will be showing As You Like It  live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday, 17th April.

Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.

Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.

Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Starring Lucy Phelps, Sophie Khan Levy and Antony Byrne.

Daily Telegraph ★★★★ ‘Inventive, playful, captivating…A bonkers trip to the Forest of Arden’

Mail on Sunday ★★★★ ‘Captures the joy of falling in love’

Evening Standard ★★★★ ‘Topsy-turvy forest embraces diversity’

You can read the RSC synopsis here and watch the official trailer here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing)

We will be showing Love’s Labour’s Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing) filmed at the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2015 on Thursday 21st March at 7pm

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly attributed to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labour’s Lost

We will be showing Love’s Labour’s Lost filmed at the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2015 on Tuesday 12th March at 7pm

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Christopher Luscombe directs one acting company in both Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (usually known as Much Ado About Nothing). Christopher’s directing credits include The Comedy of Errors and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare’s Globe as well as The Madness of George III and Spamalot in the West End.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Troilus and Cressida

We will be showing Troilus And Cressida live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 14th November 2018.

“Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery: nothing else holds fashion”

Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

Troilus is much distracted from these military concerns by his love for Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan who has defected to the Greek camp. The young lovers are eagerly assisted by Cressida’s uncle Pandarus, who acts as their go-between. However, after only one night together they are parted when Cressida is sent to join her father in the Greek camp. Almost immediately she betrays Troilus with the Greek Diomedes and, discovering this, Troilus is plunged into despair.

With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Merry Wives Of Windsor

We will be showing The Merry Wives Of Windsor live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 12th 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. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

David Troughton returns to the Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear.

More details of the production can be found on the RSC website here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Romeo & Juliet

We will be showing Romeo & Juliet live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 18th July 2018.

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate?

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.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.

More details of the production can be found on the RSC website here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Macbeth

We will be showing Macbeth live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 11th April 2018.

Something wicked this way comes

Macbeth and Banquo, generals in the service of King Duncan of Scotland, are returning victorious from battle when they are hailed by three witches who predict that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland, whereas Banquo’s descendants will be kings. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, Macbeth sets out on the path to murder.

Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company

More details of the production can be found on the RSC website here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night

We will be showing Twelfth Night live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

I am all the daughters of my father’s house,
And all the brothers too.

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of “the whirligig of time”, with Adrian Edmondson (Bottom, The Young Ones) in the role of Malvolio and Kara Tointon (ITV’s Mr Selfridge and Sound of Music Live!) in the role of Olivia.

Full details of the production can be found on the RSC website here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Coriolanus

We will be showing Coriolanus live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 11th October 2017.

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Titus Andronicus

We will be showing Titus Andronicus live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 9th August 2017.

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Antony And Cleopatra

We will be showing Antony And Cleopatra live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 24th May 2017.

Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).

Starring Josette Simon and Antony Byrne in the title roles and featuring original music by Laura Mvula.

You can watch the official trailer here and find more information about the play and production at the RSC website

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar

We will be showing Julius Caesar live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 26th April 2017.

Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.

The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Tempest – Encore Screening

Due to popular demand we will be presenting an encore of The Tempest live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

In a unique partnership with Intel, the Royal Shakespeare Company will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.

See more about this experience here: Creating The Tempest

Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

The Financial Times – ★★★★★ – ‘The finest Prospero I have ever seen…probably the finest performance from (Simon Russell) Beale.’

https://www.ft.com/content/a4762b1c-ad71-11e6-ba7d-76378e4fef24

 

WhatsOnStage.com  – ★★★★ – ‘there’s real theatrical magic at work’

http://www.whatsonstage.com/stratford-upon-avon-theatre/reviews/the-tempest-royal-shakespeare-theatre_42290.html?cid=homepage_news

 

The Daily Telegraph – ★★★★ – ‘The visuals are true to the hype of a breathtaking order’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/the-rscs-incredible-tempest-brings-lord-of-the-rings-style-magic/

 

The Daily Mail – ★★★★ – ‘an astonishing stage spectacle it is.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3948190/Prospero-s-Tempest-techno-triumph-Stratford-Avatar-visual-fireworks-light-stage-writes-QUENTIN-LETTS.html

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Tempest

We will be showing The Tempest live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 11th January 2017.

On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

In a unique partnership with Intel, the Royal Shakespeare Company will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.

See more about this experience here: Creating The Tempest

Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: King Lear

We will be showing King Lear live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 12th October 2016.

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Misjudging his children’s loyalty and finding himself alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.

RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher plays King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays, directed by RSC Artist Director Gregory Doran.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Cymbeline

We will be showing Cymbeline live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 28th September 2016.

Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.

Here is an official trailer from the RSC – trailer

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet

We will be showing Hamlet  live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 8th June 2016.

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.

Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.

Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

 

Henry V

Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry V

We will be showing Henry V  live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 21st October 2015.

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here

Henry V

Henry V- RSC

We will be showing Henry V  live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 21st October 2015.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.

Tickets go on sale six weeks before to members and a week later for non-members.

Click here for more information.

Othello – RSC

Othello RSCWe will be showing Othello live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies.

But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.

After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare’s Othello. He was last seen with us in Faust and Julius Caesar (1996). Hugh will play opposite Lucian Msamati in the role of Iago, returning to the RSC following his role as Pericles in 2006. The production is directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado About Nothing, 2012).

Doors open at 6.30 – please arrive in time to register and order interval drinks before the performance commences.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

The Merchant of Venice – RSC

merchant-of-veniceWe will be showing The Merchant of Venice live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all – as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made.

When the gold is flowing all is well – but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over.

A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeare’s uncompromising play with Makram J. Khoury, one of the most celebrated actors in Israel, in his RSC debut as Shylock. The cast also includes Patsy Ferran as Portia, also making her RSC debut following her recent role as Jim in Treasure Island at the National Theatre and Jamie Ballard, returning to the RSC as Antonio, following Written on the Heart and Measure for Measure (2011).

Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Inn serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Love’s Labour’s Lost – RSC

LovesLaboursLostWe will be showing Love’s Labour’s Lost live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 11th February 2015.

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Christopher Luscombe directs one acting company in both Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (usually known as Much Ado About Nothing). Christopher’s directing credits include The Comedy of Errors and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare’s Globe as well as The Madness of George III and Spamalot in the West End.

Cast and Creatives

Sam Alexander – King of Navarre
Peter Basham – Gamekeeper
William Belchambers – Longaville
Edward Bennett – Berowne
Nick Haverson – Costard
John Hodgkinson – Don Armado
David Horovitch – Holofernes
Tunji Kasim – Dumaine
Sophie Khan Levy – Housemaid
Oliver Lynes – Footman
Emma Manton – Jaquenetta
Chris McCalphy – Dull
Frances McNamee – Maria
Peter McGovern – Moth
Chris Nayak – Footman
Jamie Newall – Boyet
Roderick Smith – Marcadé
Flora Spencer-Longhurst – Katharine
Michelle Terry – Rosaline
Harry Waller – Gamekeeper
Thomas Wheatley – Sir Nathaniel
Leah Whitaker – Princess of France

Director – Christopher Luscombe
Designer – Simon Higlett
Lighting – Oliver Fenwick
Music – Nigel Hess
Sound – Jeremy Dunn
Movement – Jenny Arnold

Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Love’s Labour’s Won – RSC

LovesLaboursWonWe will be showing Love’s Labour’s Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing) live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 4th March 2015.

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly attributed to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

 

Cast and Creatives

Sam Alexander – Don John
Peter Basham – Butler
William Belchambers – Conrade
Edward Bennett – Benedick
Nick Haverson – Dogberry
John Hodgkinson – Don Pedro
David Horovitch – Leonato
Tunji Kasim – Claudio
Sophie Khan Levy – Housemaid
Oliver Lynes – Soldier
Emma Manton – Margaret
Chris McCalphy – Sexton
Frances McNamee – Ursula
Peter McGovern – George Seacoal
Chris Nayak – Borachio
Jamie Newall – Friar Francis
Roderick Smith – Verges
Flora Spencer-Longhurst – Hero
Michelle Terry – Beatrice
Harry Waller – Balthasar
Thomas Wheatley – Antonio

Director – Christopher Luscombe
Designer – Simon Higlett
Lighting – Oliver Fenwick
Music – Nigel Hess
Sound – Jeremy Dunn
Movement – Jenny Arnold

Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona – RSC

VeronaWe will be showing The Two Gentlemen of Verona live from the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd September 2014.

Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia.

With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation.

Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy. Simon is Associate Director of the Royal Court. His production ofStrange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre. This is the first time in 45 years that The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been performed in full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Henry IV Part 2 – Royal Shakespeare Company

Henry IV Pt 2We will be showing Henry IV Part 2 live from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon on Wednesday 18th June 2014.

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”

King Henry’s health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops.

Amongst the unwitting locals, opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist as Falstaff gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets.

As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare’s heartbreaking conclusion to this pair of plays.

RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. Jasper returns following his performances in The Taming of the Shrew/The Tamer Tamed (2003). Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night’s DreamCardenio and The City Madam(2011).

Running time: 2 hrs 45 mins plus 20 minutes interval. Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.

Henry IV Part 1 – Royal Shakespeare Company

Henry 1V-1We will be showing Henry IV Part 1 live from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon on Wednesday 14th May 2014.

“Out of this nettle danger, we pluck this flower safety”… with his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war.

Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the RSC to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. Jasper returns following his performances in The Taming of the Shrew/The Tamer Tamed (2003). Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam (2011).

Running time: 2 hrs 45 mins plus 20 minutes interval.

Running time: 210 minutes. Please arrive by 6.30pm to register and to order interval drinks if you wish.

The George Hotel serves meals – please contact them directly on 01298 871382 if you would like to book a pre-show meal.