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The Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company (RSC) is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The company employs over 1000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year. The RSC plays regularly in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and internationally. The company's home is in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it has recently redeveloped its Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
and Swan theatres as part of a £112.8-million "Transformation" project. The theatres re-opened in November 2010, having closed in 2007. The new buildings attracted 18,000 visitors within the first week and received a positive media response both upon opening, and following the first full Shakespeare performances. Performances in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
continued throughout the Transformation project at the temporary Courtyard Theatre. As well as the plays of Shakespeare
Shakespeare
and his contemporaries, the RSC produces new work from living artists and develops creative links with theatre-makers from around the world, as well as working with teachers to inspire a lifelong love of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
in young people and running events for everyone to explore and participate in its work. The RSC celebrated its fiftieth birthday season from April–December 2011, with two companies of actors presenting the first productions designed specifically for the new Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
and Swan Theatre stages. The 2011-season began with performances of Macbeth
Macbeth
and a re-imagined lost play The History of Cardenio. The fiftieth birthday season also featured The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
with Sir Patrick Stewart and revivals of some of the RSC's greatest plays, including a new staging of Marat/Sade. For the London 2012 Festival
London 2012 Festival
as part of the Cultural Olympiad, the RSC produced the World Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival, featuring artists from across the world performing in venues around the UK. In 2013 the company began live screenings of its Shakespeare productions – called Live from Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
– which are screened around the world. In 2016, the company collaborated with Intel
Intel
and The Imaginarium Studios
The Imaginarium Studios
to stage The Tempest, bringing performance capture to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
for the very first time.

Contents

1 Company history

1.1 The early years 1.2 The RSC

1.2.1 Foundation and history 1.2.2 Innovation and growth 1.2.3 Troubled times 1.2.4 A 21st-century renaissance

2 Artistic directors 3 Theatres 4 Key productions 5 Notable actors past and present 6 References 7 Sources 8 External links

Company history[edit]

Renovated Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
in 2011

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
in 2003

The early years[edit] There have been theatrical performances in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
since at least Shakespeare's day, though the first recorded performance of a play written by Shakespeare
Shakespeare
himself was in 1746 when Parson Joseph Greene, master of Stratford Grammar School, organised a charitable production to fund the restoration of Shakespeare's funerary monument.[1] John Ward's Birmingham-based company, the Warwickshire Company of Comedians, agreed to perform it. A surviving copy of the playbill records that the company performed Othello.[2] The first building erected to commemorate Shakespeare
Shakespeare
was David Garrick's Jubilee Pavilion in 1769, and there have been at least 17 buildings used to perform Shakespeare's plays
Shakespeare's plays
since. The first permanent commemorative building to Shakespeare's works in the town was a theatre built in 1827, in the gardens of New Place, but has long since been demolished. The RSC's history began with the Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Memorial Theatre, which was the brainchild of a local brewer, Charles Edward Flower. He donated a two-acre site by the River Avon and in 1875 launched an international campaign to build a theatre in the town of Shakespeare's birth. The theatre, a Victorian-Gothic building seating just over 700 people, opened on 23 April 1879, with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing, a title which gave ammunition to several critics. The Memorial, a red brick Gothic cathedral, designed by Dodgshun and Unsworth of Westminster, was unkindly described by Bernard Shaw as "an admirable building, adaptable to every purpose except that of a theatre." From 1919, under the direction of William Bridges-Adams and after a slow start, its resident New Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company became one of the most prestigious in Britain. The theatre received a Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1925, which gave it status. On the afternoon of 6 March 1926, when a new season was about to commence rehearsals, smoke was seen. Fire broke out, and the mass of half-timbering chosen to ornament the interior provided dry tinder. By the following morning the theatre was a blackened shell. The company transferred its Shakespeare
Shakespeare
festivals to a converted local cinema. Fund-raising began for the rebuilding of the theatre, with generous donations arriving from philanthropists in America. In January 1928, following an open competition, 29-year-old Elisabeth Scott was unanimously appointed architect for the new theatre which became the first important work erected in the United Kingdom from the designs of a woman architect.[3] George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
commented that her design was the only one that showed any theatre sense. Her modernist plans for an art deco structure came under fire from many directions but the new building was opened triumphantly on William Shakespeare's birthday, 23 April 1932. Later it came under the direction of Sir Barry Jackson in 1945,[4] Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
from 1948 to 1956 and Glen Byam Shaw
Glen Byam Shaw
1957–1959, with an impressive roll-call of actors. Scott's building, with some minor adjustments to the stage, remained in constant use until 2007 when it was closed for a major refit of the interior. Timeline: 1932 – new Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Memorial Theatre opens, abutting the remains of the old. 1961 – chartered name of the corporation and the Stratford theatre becomes ‘Royal Shakespeare.’ 1974 – The Other Place opened, created from a prefabricated former store/rehearsal room in Stratford. 1986 – the Swan Theatre opened, created from the shell of the 1879 Memorial Theatre. 1991 – Purpose-built new Other Place, designed by Michael Reardon, opens. September 2004 – The vision for the renewal of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre transformation is announced. July 2006 – The Courtyard Theatre
Courtyard Theatre
opens with a staging of Michael Boyd’s Histories. November 2010 – The Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
and Swan Theatres re-open following their transformation. March 2016 - The Other Place was reinstated as a 200-seat studio theatre. The RSC[edit] Foundation and history[edit] In 1959, while still the director-designate of the Memorial Theatre, Peter Hall announced that the formation of a permanent company would be a primary objective. David Addenbrooke wrote of Hall's belief that Shakespeare, more than any other dramatist, needed a 'style', a tradition and unity of direction and acting.[5] On 14 January 1960, Hall's first policy statement as director also proposed the acquisition of a second theatre, in London, to be used as a city outlet for selected Stratford productions. The RSC was formally established on 20 March 1961 with the royal announcement that the Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Memorial Theatre would henceforth be known as the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Theatre and the company as the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company. The critic Michael Billington, summarising these events, wrote: "In 1960 the twenty-nine-year-old Peter Hall formally took charge at Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
and set about turning a star-laden, six-month Shakespeare
Shakespeare
festival into a monumental, year-round operation built around a permanent company, a London base and contemporary work from home and abroad. Looking back, it is difficult to realise just how radical Hall's dream was at the time; or indeed how much opposition there was to the creation of what became officially known in March 1961 as the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company."[4] John Barton had been appointed associate director in January 1960,[6] and was followed in 1962 by Michel Saint-Denis, Peter Brook
Peter Brook
and Clifford Williams who joined the company as resident directors. John Bury was appointed head of design in 1964. The repertoire was also widened to take in modern work and classics other than Shakespeare. In 1962, strong opposition to the establishment of a London base for the RSC came from the Royal National Theatre
Royal National Theatre
which – led by Viscount Chandos and Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
– wished to be the sole subsidised company operating in London. Following a deal with Prince Littler, managing director of Associated Theatre Properties, the RSC established the Aldwych Theatre
Aldwych Theatre
as its London base for productions transferred from Stratford to London, its stage redesigned to match the RST's apron stage. Twenty years later, in the summer of 1982, the company took up London residence in both the Barbican Theatre and The Pit studio space in the Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre
under the auspices of the City of London. The RSC was closely involved in the design of these two venues. In 2002 it left the Barbican after a series of allegedly poor seasons, partly because the then artistic director Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
wanted to develop the company's touring performances. His decision means the company has no regular London home. Innovation and growth[edit] The RSC had first tackled its need for a small auditorium in 1971. At the insistence of Sir Trevor Nunn (who had taken over as artistic director in 1968), the company hired The Place
The Place
off the Euston Road
Euston Road
in London and constructed its own theatre space for an audience of 330, seated on raked wooden benches. Two seasons of plays were staged in 1972 and 1973, none suitable for the Aldwych. In December 1973 Buzz Goodbody, the company's first female director,[7] drew up a plan for what would become The Other Place studio theatre in Stratford, designed by Michael Reardon to seat 140 people, which opened to a first and highly successful season in 1974. The name chosen for the new studio space was favoured within the company because it implied an alternative theatre, but also because it is a quotation from Hamlet. In August 1976, Nunn staged Macbeth
Macbeth
with a minimalist set at The Other Place, playing for 2 hours 15 minutes without an interval. The small, nearly round stage focused attention on the psychological dynamics of the characters. Both Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
in the title role and Judi Dench
Judi Dench
as Lady Macbeth
Macbeth
received exceptionally favourable reviews. The production transferred to London, opening at the Donmar Warehouse
Donmar Warehouse
in September 1977 before its further transfer to the larger Young Vic
Young Vic
venue for a two-month season. It was also recorded for transmission by Thames Television. In 2004, members of the RSC voted Dench's performance the greatest by an actress in the history of the company. Summing up this triumphant period, The Guardian
The Guardian
critic Michael Billington later wrote: "[In 1977] the RSC struck gold. This was, in fact, the perihelion of Trevor Nunn's ten-year reign as the company's sole Artistic Director and Chief Executive (in 1978 he began to share power with Terry Hands. In London, the company opened a new studio space at the Donmar Warehouse
Donmar Warehouse
with plays by Barker, Taylor, Bond and Brecht. Its Aldwych repertory combined the usual Stratford transfers with Nichol's Privates on Parade, Ibsen's Pillars of the Community and Brecht's The Days of the Commune. At the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Theatre, Terry Hands and actor Alan Howard had a marathon year working on Henry V, a virtually uncut, Henry VI, part 1, Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 2
and Henry VI, part 3 and Coriolanus. And the action at The Other Place included Jonson, Ford, Musset, Gems and Rudkin. No other company in the world could match that output for quantity and quality".[8] Nunn and Hands were joint artistic directors of the RSC when the company opened The Swan, its third theatre in Stratford. The Swan Theatre, also designed by Michael Reardon, has a deep thrust stage and a galleried, intimate 450-capacity auditorium. The space was to be dedicated to playing the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, the works of European writers and the occasional work of Shakespeare. The theatre was launched on 8 May 1986 with a production of The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
and John Fletcher (not published until 1634 and thought to be Shakespeare's last work for the stage). It was directed by Barry Kyle.[citation needed] Troubled times[edit] Nunn (who had been appointed[when?] to follow Hall's tenure at the National Theatre in 1986) ceded his RSC executive directorship to his co-artistic director Terry Hands[when?], who took the brunt of media hostility during a difficult few years for the company. Hands took the decision to suspend the RSC's residency at The Barbican Theatre and The Pit during the winter season of 1990–91, thus vacating the capital for the first time in 30 years. This was seen as essential if the RSC was to secure an increase in subsidy from the Arts Council.[citation needed] Shortly after that decision Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
returned to the RSC to take over from Hands as artistic director and chief executive. The company had serious funding problems. Noble's decision to sever all RSC connections with the Barbican Centre, funded by the Corporation of the City of London, was widely condemned,[9] and towards the end of his tenure things began to go terribly wrong, partly through his pursuit and support of the so-called Project Fleet, a radical scheme aimed at rescuing the RSC from its financial crisis by replacing the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Theatre with a crowd-pleasing ' Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Village' and streamlining the company's performance structure and ensemble principle.[10] A 21st-century renaissance[edit] None of Noble's plans came to fruition. He left the job, an unhappy man, in March 2003.[11] Michael Boyd then assumed control of the RSC, now burdened with a deficit of £2.8 million. By a combination of artistic excellence and quiet husbandry, including a year-long Complete Works of Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival (begun in April 2006 in collaboration with other theatre companies) plus a financially successful London season at the Novello Theatre
Novello Theatre
in 2006, Boyd slowly rebuilt the company's fortunes and reputation. In 2007 he launched the long-awaited Stratford theatre redevelopments, including construction of the temporary Courtyard Theatre
Courtyard Theatre
while work was in progress, designed to house his RSC Histories cycle before its transfer to the Roundhouse in London in 2008.[12] Talking of these achievements with typical modesty he told the Evening Standard in December 2007 ('The Man Who Remade the RSC'): "There was a bit of gardening to do, but we are now beginning to show signs of walking the walk." 'The Histories' ensemble went on to win three Olivier awards in 2009.[13] In addition, that same year the RSC commissioned a completely new edition of Shakespeare's First Folio, titled "William Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Complete Works" and published by Modern Library. The RSC is the sole British member theatre of the Union of the Theatres of Europe. In March 2008, the RSC launched a manifesto 'Stand up for Shakespeare',[14] a campaign to promote a positive experience of Shakespeare
Shakespeare
for children and young people. The tenets of this manifesto, Do It on Your Feet, See It Live, Start It Earlier form the basis of the work of the Education department. In 2010, the RSC opened a new suite of education spaces on Waterside. In summer 2011 the company undertook a residency in Park Avenue Armory, New York, running a series of performances and an accompanying education programme in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. In 2012, the RSC produced the World Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival, a celebration of ' Shakespeare
Shakespeare
as the world's playwright' working with UK and international arts organisations, and including the Globe to Globe Festival by Shakespeare's Globe. The same year, planning permission was granted by Stratford District Council to reinstate The Other Place. Funding for the new theatre came from a £3 million grant from the Arts Council England, raised through the National Lottery. Funding was also received from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, The Backstage Trust, and from public donations; this is the final phase of the Transformation project. Live from Stratford-upon-Avon, a new project to broadcast the company's productions in cinemas around the world and stream them into schools was announced in May 2013. The project began with Shakespeare's Richard II, starring David Tennant, in November 2013, and followed up with Henry IV parts 1 and 2 and The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2014. In February 2016, Artistic Director Gregory Doran's productions of Henry IV Part I & Henry IV Part II, and Henry V went on tour in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong as part of the King & Country Tour. The same year, the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company also opened their first permanent exhibition, entitled The Play's The Thing.[15] Artistic directors[edit]

Peter Hall (1960–1968) Trevor Nunn (1968–1978) Trevor Nunn and Terry Hands (1978–1986) Terry Hands (1986–1991) Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
(1991–2003) Michael Boyd (2003–2012) Gregory Doran (2012– )[16]

Theatres[edit] The RSC has three permanent theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon:

The Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Theatre, a 1,060 seat theatre with thrust stage (re-opened 24 November 2010 after Transformation project)[17] The Swan Theatre, a smaller thrust stage, capacity 461[18] The Other Place, a studio theatre, rehearsal room and development space that opened in April 2016[19]

The Courtyard Theatre
Courtyard Theatre
was built as a temporary replacement for The Other Place theatre to house the Company's work when the RST and Swan were closed for the Transformation project. It provided a full-scale working prototype for the new RST's auditorium, seating 1,045 people around a thrust stage. It was also used in 2012 for productions in the World Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival including Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
in an Indian setting. The Courtyard Theatre
Courtyard Theatre
was replaced by The Other Place, which was reinstated as a 200-seat studio theatre in 2016.[20] The company's London presence has included tenancies of the Aldwych Theatre, The Place
The Place
in Duke's Road, Euston, the Donmar Warehouse
Donmar Warehouse
in Covent Garden, the Barbican Theatre and The Pit at the Barbican Centre in the City of London. There have also been seasons at The Mermaid Theatre, the Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre
(1988 and 1989), the Roundhouse in Camden, the Young Vic, the Playhouse Theatre, the Novello Theatre
Novello Theatre
and the Gielgud Theatre. The Theatre
The Theatre
Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne is the third home of the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company, alongside Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
and London.[21] Key productions[edit]

Coriolanus, with Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
as Coriolanus, Edith Evans, Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney
Albert Finney
and Mary Ure, directed by Peter Hall (1959) King Lear
King Lear
directed by Peter Brook
Peter Brook
with Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
as Lear[22] (1962) The Wars of the Roses, adaptation of the Henry VI and Richard III plays, directed by Sir Peter Hall 1963–64 with Ian Holm, Peggy Ashcroft and David Warner Marat/Sade
Marat/Sade
by Peter Weiss
Peter Weiss
directed by Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1964) The Homecoming
The Homecoming
by Harold Pinter, world premiere directed by Peter Hall (June 1965) Staircase with Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
and Patrick Magee (1966) Hamlet
Hamlet
directed by Peter Hall with David Warner in the title-role (1965) A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Peter Brook
Peter Brook
(1970) Old Times by Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
directed by Peter Hall (1971) Julius Caesar directed by Trevor Nunn (1973) Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
directed by Trevor Nunn starring Janet Suzman (1973) Richard II, directed by John Barton, starring Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
and Richard Pasco, alternating the roles of Richard and Bolingbroke (1973–74) Travesties
Travesties
by Tom Stoppard, starring John Wood, world premiere directed by Peter Wood (June 1974) The Marrying of Ann Leete by Harley Granville Barker, starring Mia Farrow, directed by David Jones (September 1975) Hamlet, starring Ben Kingsley, directed by Buzz Goodbody (1976) Romeo and Juliet, starring Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
and Francesca Annis, directed by Trevor Nunn (March 1976) Much Ado About Nothing, starring Judi Dench
Judi Dench
and Donald Sinden, directed by John Barton (April 1976) The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill, with Alan Tllvern taking over the role of Hickey from the "indisposed" Ian Holm, directed by Howard Davies (May 1976) The Comedy of Errors, a musical by Trevor Nunn and Guy Woolfenden (September 1976) Wild Oats by John O'Keeffe, starring Alan Howard and Jeremy Irons, directed by Clifford Williams (December 1976) Macbeth, directed by Trevor Nunn starring Judi Dench[22] and Ian McKellen (1976–1977) Privates on Parade by Peter Nichols, world premiere directed by Michael Blakemore (February 1977) Destiny by David Edgar, world premiere directed by Ron Daniels (May 1977) Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
directed by Jon Amiel
Jon Amiel
with Ian McKellen, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge
Edward Petherbridge
and Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1978) The Greeks directed and adapted from Aeschylus, Euripides
Euripides
and Sophocles
Sophocles
by John Barton (1980) The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby adapted for the stage by David Edgar with music by opera composer Stephen Oliver, world premiere directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird (1980), winner of a Drama Desk Special Award in 1982 King Lear
King Lear
directed by Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
starring Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
and Antony Sher (1992) Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
directed by Terry Hands starring Derek Jacobi and Sinéad Cusack Richard III, directed by Bill Alexander starring Sir Antony Sher (1984) Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alain Boublil directed by Trevor Nunn (1985) Les liaisons dangereuses by Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
starring Alan Rickman, Lindsay Duncan, and Juliet Stevenson, world premiere directed by Howard Davies (1985) Macbeth
Macbeth
directed by Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
starring Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1986) Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus
directed by Deborah Warner
Deborah Warner
starring Brian Cox (1988) The Plantagenets adaptation of Henry VI, part 1, part 2 and part 3 and Richard III, directed by Adrian Noble, starring Anton Lesser
Anton Lesser
as Richard III, Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
as Henry VI and David Waller as Duke of Gloucester (1988) Othello
Othello
directed by Trevor Nunn with Willard White as Othello
Othello
and Ian McKellen as Iago
Iago
(1989) The Master Builder directed by Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
starring John Wood (1989) The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
directed by Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
(1992) Hamlet
Hamlet
directed by Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
starring Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(1992) King Lear
King Lear
directed by Adrian Noble
Adrian Noble
starring Robert Stephens[22] and Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1993) Coriolanus
Coriolanus
directed by David Thacker starring Toby Stephens
Toby Stephens
(1994) This England: The Histories, a season of all Shakespeare's sequential history plays (2000) Hamlet
Hamlet
directed by Michael Boyd starring Toby Stephens
Toby Stephens
(2004) The Crucible
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
directed by Dominic Cooke (2006) Pericles directed by Dominic Cooke (2006) Repertory performances of King Lear[23] and The Seagull[24] starring Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
and Frances Barber, directed by Trevor Nunn (2007) The Histories in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
and at the Roundhouse (2008)[25][26] Hamlet
Hamlet
directed by Gregory Doran, with David Tennant
David Tennant
as Hamlet
Hamlet
and Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
as Claudius (2008)[27] Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical
by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, directed by Matthew Warchus
Matthew Warchus
(2010)[28] Love's Labour's Lost
Love's Labour's Lost
directed by Christophe Luscombe, with Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry[29] (2014) Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
based on the two novels by Hilary Mantel, adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton, directed by Jeremy Herrin, produced in London's West End and on Broadway[30] (2015). The Tempest
The Tempest
directed by Gregory Doran, with Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
and Mark Quarterly, designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, in collaboration with Intel
Intel
and The Imaginarium Studios. [31]

Notable actors past and present[edit] Main article: List of actors in Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company productions References[edit]

^ Allardyce Nicoll, Kenneth Muir, Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Survey 19, Cambridge University Press, 2006, p.145. ^ Stanley Wells. Shakespeare
Shakespeare
for all Time. London, Macmillan, 2002 p. 220 . ^ Pringle, p.29 ^ a b State of the Nation: British Theatre Since 1945 by Michael Billington, Faber (2007) ISBN 978-0-571-21034-3 ^ Addenbrooke (1974) ^ Bllington, Michael (7 February 2006). "Interview: John Barton – Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2015.  ^ Colin Chambers Inside the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company: Creativity and the Institution, Abingdon: Routledge, 2004, p.67 ^ One Night Stands by Michael Billington, Nick Hern Books (1993) ISBN 1-85459-185-1 ^ Chambers, Colin (2004). "Crisis and Modernisation". Inside the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company: Creativity and the Institution. London: Routledge. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-415-21202-1.  ^ "Brave new world; Shakespeare". The Economist. London. 1 December 2001. p. 53. Adrian Noble, the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company's artistic director, wants to demolish the main, unloved theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
and replace it with a £100m theatre village  ^ "Vile. Hateful. A horrible time" Archived 15 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.: Daily Telegraph, 2004 ^ RSC The Histories cycle Archived 9 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Jury, Louise (4 December 2007). "The man who remade the RSC". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2009.  ^ "RSC Tells Schools to Stand up for Shakespeare???". Whatsonstage.com Awards. WhatsOnStage.com. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2015.  ^ "The Play's The Thing - Exhibition - Royal Shakespeare
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Company". www.rsc.org.uk.  ^ " Gregory Doran named as RSC chief". BBC. 22 March 2012.  ^ "Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company theatre opens doors to public". BBC
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Company. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.  ^ "Love's Labour's Lost/Love's Labour's Won, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, review: 'blissfully entertaining'".  ^ The Broadway League. " Wolf Hall
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The Tempest
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Sources[edit]

Addenbrooke, David: The Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company: The Peter Hall Years, William Kimber (1974) ISBN 0-7183-0103-X Beauman, Sally: The Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company: A History of Ten Decades, Oxford University Press (1982) ISBN 0-19-212209-6 Hall, Peter: Making an Exhibition of Myself: The Autobiography of Peter Hall, Sinclair-Stevenson (1993) ISBN 1-85619-165-6 Pringle, Marian: The Theatres of Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
1875–1992: An Architectural History, Stratford upon Avon Society (1994) ISBN 0-9514178-1-9 Trowbridge, Simon: The Company: A Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company, Oxford: Editions Albert Creed (2010) ISBN 978-0-9559830-2-3 Theatre Record and its annual Indexes RSC programme notes (including those for Richard II
Richard II
at the Courtyard, August 2007)

External links[edit]

Official website Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company at Google Cultural Institute "Search productions". Royal Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Company. 

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William Shakespeare

Plays

Tragedies

Antony and Cleopatra Coriolanus Hamlet Julius Caesar King Lear Macbeth Othello Romeo and Juliet Timon of Athens Titus Andronicus Troilus and Cressida

Comedies

All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It The Comedy of Errors Cymbeline Love's Labour's Lost Measure for Measure The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor A Midsummer Night's Dream Much Ado About Nothing Pericles, Prince of Tyre* The Taming of the Shrew The Tempest Twelfth Night The Two Gentlemen of Verona The Two Noble Kinsmen* The Winter's Tale

Histories

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Richard III Henry VIII*

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Arden of Faversham The Birth of Merlin Cardenio* Double Falsehood Edmund Ironside Fair Em Locrine The London Prodigal Love's Labour's Won The Merry Devil of Edmonton Mucedorus The Puritan The Second Maiden's Tragedy Sejanus His Fall Sir John Oldcastle Sir Thomas More* The Spanish Tragedy Thomas Lord Cromwell Thomas of Woodstock Vortigern and Rowena A Yorkshire Tragedy

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The Passionate Pilgrim To the Queen

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(son) Judith Quiney
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(daughter) Elizabeth Barnard
Elizabeth Barnard
(granddaughter) John Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(father) Mary Arden (mother) Gilbert Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(brother) Joan Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(sister) Edmund Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(brother) Richard Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(grandfather) John Hall (son-in-law) Thomas Quiney
Thomas Quiney
(son-in-law) Thomas Nash
Thomas Nash
(grandson-in-law)

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Shakespeare
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 159099121 LCCN: n81119193 ISNI: 0000 0001 1034 3574 GND: 507789-8 SUDOC: 02871010X BNF: cb1204