RSC LONDON SEASON
26 OCTOBER 2019 - 18 JANUARY 2020
27 Actors, 3 Plays, 1 Electrifying Season
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican with three new Shakespeare productions from Stratford-upon-Avon: As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure.
Featuring a company of 27 actors, this electrifying Season explores the themes of morality, love, power and gender and sparks with striking resonance.
AS YOU LIKE IT
26 Oct 2019 - 18 Jan 2020
All the world really is a stage in Kimberley Sykes' playful and imaginative take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy.
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...
Blending physical comedy, music and storytelling, this As You Like It dares you to change your state of mind.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
5 Nov 2019 - 18 Jan 2020
The ultimate battle of the sexes is turned on its head in Justin Audibert's The Taming of the Shrew as the 1590s are reimagined - with women in charge.
In this radical take on Shakespeare's fierce and energetic comedy of gender, Baptista Minola is seeking to marry off her two sons, the sweet-tempered Bianco and the rebellious Katherine. Cue an explosive courtship and a keenly witty portrayal of hierarchy and power.
The RSC's London production of The Taming of the Shrew is kindly supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
12 Nov 2019 - 16 Jan 2020
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.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran (The Tempest, 2017; Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator, 2018) directs this new production of Measure for Measure, which was written in the early 1600s but feels even more urgent today.