THE BBC will broadcast live from Stratford next year to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The RSC has teamed-up with the corporation for the special BBC2 broadcast from the RST on April 23, the Bard’s birthday. It will be hosted by David Tennant although details of exactly what will be included have yet to be confirmed.
Next year will also see the RSC heading east and west.
The company will be heading east to China in February to perform Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V, in
Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
And it will also kick off a ten year cultural exchange collaboration with translations of Chinese classics into English and performance-based translations of Shakespeare’s plays into Chinese.
In April the RSC jets Stateside to present all four History plays – Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V – in New York and then on tour.
Back home there will be a full repertoire of Shakespeare productions including Antony Sher playing King Lear, alongside plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries in the Swan Theatre.
The Other Place studio theatre will also reopen in 2016 with a new space for performances and rehearsals, while a new interactive exhibition exploring the history of theatre in Stratford will open in the Swan Theatre front of house spaces following the on-going restoration of the oldest part of the theatre.
The RSC’s world-renowned Costume Store will also be throwing open the wardrobe doors for the first time for public tours.
Visit www.rsc.org.uk for further details.