THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company is keen for audiences to share their memories from down the years.
Having marked 60 years since the granting of the RSC’s royal charter in 2021, the company is continuing to celebrate the milestone.
An RSC spokesperson said: “Our audiences are part of our history, and we want to hear your voice and your experiences with the RSC.
“From your first visit to your favourite Shakespeare or family production, how the RSC has inspired you, or even bumping into your favourite actor, we would love for you to share your most cherished memory with us.
“As you reflect on your memories, performances that made you laugh and cry, we ask you to join thousands of generous and loyal people who support the RSC every year, and make a donation. Your support will help Keep Your RSC and guarantee transformative experiences of theatre for future generations.
“Audiences are now returning to our theatres, but the impact of the pandemic is ongoing. Our ambition is limitless, but our finances are not and, with a £19.4million loan from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to repay, your support is more vital than ever. Every gift will help secure the future of the RSC and create memories that last a lifetime.”
Visit www.rsc.org.uk/share-a-memory for further details.
Some of the memories already submitted include:
“Seeing all eight of Shakespeare’s history plays performed in historical sequence during one long weekend, in 2007. It was a life changing experience. I managed to book a front row seat in the “rusty shed” and it was the most immersive, moving and unforgettable piece of theatre I have ever experienced. Even writing about it now the memories are making me emotional. ”
“Nicholas Nickleby was quite a seminal moment for myself and, I believe, did ‘shape’ my outlook from that day forward. It was literally the whole of life in a day and was utterly mesmerising from start to finish. The three of us left the theatre and no-one said a word for most of the way home – that day was and remains a seminal moment I believe!”
“My first enthralling visit to the theatre was as a birthday treat. I was about ten, in the early 60’s to see Swan Lake. It was magical and I was hooked on theatre! I have seen many productions since then in the theatre and am now introducing my grandchildren to the joys of live theatre, starting with The Boy in a Dress which they loved.”