Monday, 13 August 2012

CHEAP TICKETS: RSC's London Season 2012

Following on from the ground-breaking Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, an Arabic version of Shakespeare’s classic staged at London’s Riverside Studios earlier this summer, the Royal Shakespeare Company are bringing two productions from their home in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Noël Coward Theatre in London.

Artistic Director Designate Greg Doran, due to take over from Michael Boyd as top dog at the RSC later this year, directs Julius Caesar, opening on the 8th of August for 6 weeks. He relocates the Roman tragedy of power, conspiracy and betrayal to a pan-African setting where these themes find modern resonances. What’s Peen Seen? will be heading along to the press night this week so keep an eye out for our review!

Certainly putting the ‘World’ into World Shakespeare Festival, the RSC go from an Iraqi love story to an African political thriller and then take us to India, where Iqbal Khan’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place. Starring Meera Syal, this production will play at the Noël Coward Theatre for 8 weeks from the 22nd of September, and is definitely one for your diary.

Styles collide when the RSC’s pedigree meets the visionary and experimental work of The Wooster Group, who have collaborated on the Trojan play Troilus and Cressida. Co-directors Mark Ravenhill and Elizabeth deCompte will use multi-media performance to attempt to do justice to this epic tale of love, war and politics, which transfers from Stratford’s Swan Theatre to the Riverside Studios in London for a limited run from the 23rd of August.

As if having top-notch Shakespeare productions from the RSC in the middle of London wasn’t good news enough, they are also offering a limited number of £5 tickets to both Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing to theatregoers between the ages of 16-25. They are sure to go quickly so phone the box office on 0844 482 5141 to get yours. If this whets your appetite then there is also the RSC Key Scheme for 16-25 year olds, offering special events and deals to young people and students – and you can join here:

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