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SUPPORTERS NEWS ENSEMBLE

FEBRUARY 2014

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Photo: PA/Empics, illustration by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather from The Bystander’s Fragments From France, design by RSC Visual Communications.

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Photo of Antony Sher by Sasha Gusov

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BOOKING OPENS FEBRUARY 2014 SEE PAGE 12

BOOKING OPENS MARCH 2014 SEE PAGE 10

SUPPORTERS PRIORITY BOOKING DATES

PATRONS SILVER ONLINE ONLINE SHAKESPEARES CIRCLE

and PHONE booking opens at 10am on 20 February 2014

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Please note: if you support at £5000 or above as a Patron Gold or Artists Circle your Priority Booking opens on Wednesday 19 February.


GREGORY DORAN - RSC ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

GREGORY DORAN - RSC ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Love’s Labour’s Lost; Getty images/Hulton Archive.

2014 is a momentous year for Shakespeare lovers. It is 450 years since Shakespeare was born and the beginning of an arc that takes us through to 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAKESPEARE Taking inspiration from Ben Jonson’s “star of poets” description of William Shakespeare we will be launching our 2014 birthday festivities with a spectacular fireworks display, which will include a recreation of Shakespeare’s face, but in pyrotechnics. Our “star of poets” will light up the Stratford sky. Further details to follow.

THE SWAN THEATRE Our Roaring Girls season in the Swan Theatre extends into the autumn. We are adding Thomas Dekker’s The Witch of Edmonton and I am delighted that Eileen Atkins is returning to the Company

in history with a newly commissioned play by Tom Morton-Smith. Oppenheimer will be directed by Angus Jackson in his debut production for the RSC. By a strange quirk of fate Angus has a degree in nuclear physics, so brings with him knowledge about Oppenheimer's work on the atomic bomb and the chemistry behind it.

The Witch of Edmonton photograph of Eileen Atkins by Nick Briggs ©Island Pictures.

September 2014 - March 2015

separate ways. At the start of Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice and Benedick reunite as if they have old scores unsettled, old history we don’t know. Examining the plots of these two plays, our contention is that Shakespeare’s original title for Much Ado About Nothing was Love’s Labour’s Won. We are setting them in a context to mark the centenary of the Great War. Love’s Labour’s Lost fits perfectly into the long Edwardian summer of 1914. Love’s Labour’s Won happens in a completely different world: the soldiers have returned and women’s roles have changed at the beginning of the roaring twenties. The plays will have the same cast and director Christopher Luscombe is excited about the juxtaposition of these two plays. We then look at the Christmas Truce of 1914. Soldiers on both sides of the trenches came into no man’s land and played a football match. Phil Porter, who incidentally is from the West Midlands, has created a new family play based on witness accounts of the Christmas Truce by soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire regiment. The show is directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman making her RST debut.

LIVE FROM STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Eileen Atkins will play the Witch of Edmunton

to play the witch. I am particularly pleased to direct Eileen, as she was Rosalind in the very first production I ever saw in Stratford-upon-Avon. Continuing our Dekker revival we will present The Shoemaker’s Holiday, probably one of the greatest Elizabethan plays the RSC has never produced. It is a glorious, riotously funny play and Phillip Breen, last with us for The Merry Wives of Windsor, will direct. The theme of war, reflected in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, moves forward

36 PLAYS IN 6 YEARS We continue our six year journey through Shakespeare’s canon, which started with Richard II. I am very interested in making every Shakespeare play in performance an event. Maybe by the creative ideas for the play, the ensemble of people performing, or how the plays speak to each other. In the Winter Season we are putting two plays in conversation: Love’s Labour’s Lost with Love’s Labour’s Won. I know you are thinking “Love’s Labour’s Won? Never heard of it”. We know that Shakespeare wrote such a play, but was it lost like Cardenio? Or another play by that title? At the end of Love’s Labour’s Lost a pair of sparring lovers are separated and go their

Old Bill, the curmudgeonly old soldier with a balaclava and a walrus moustache was created by Bruce Bairnsfather, who enjoyed a pre-War career at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Old Bill appears very much in the vein of Falstaff or Dogberry who 19-year old Bruce would have seen from the theatre rafters while installing electricity into our Stratford auditorium.

Last November, we broadcast live from our stage to cinema for the first time and received a phenomenal response. We calculated that this single Shakespeare performance reached the biggest audience for any live Shakespeare performance. It went around the world. It had a huge audience on the night with cinemas all over the UK and elsewhere, and two days later we streamed the play into UK schools.

This was a very successful initiative. Schools that have never been to Stratford before, and an entirely different demographic for the Company, were able to see the performance in their classroom. At the end of the show, David Tennant and I went online to answer the students’ questions. We know we are not the first in the market for cinema broadcast, but we are the first to get directly into the classroom and get that engagement with children. This Summer we will broadcast both parts of Henry IV and The Two Gentlemen of Verona to cinemas and schools, and our ambition is to continue with three broadcasts a year. Find the cinema nearest you at onscreen.rsc.org.uk

GREGORY DORAN RSC Artistic Director Watch the interview at www.rsc.org.uk


ERICA WHYMAN - RSC DEPUTY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ERICA WHYMAN - RSC DEPUTY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

The Christmas Truce

It will be suitable for everyone aged 9 and up. A lot of young people will study the First World War at school and we hope this will be a really engaging way to see the story brought to life on stage. There also will be lots of live music, and plenty of Christmas carols.

THE GREAT WAR

Shakespeare sets us a terrific challenge in his history plays to ensure that key moments in British history continue to be captured on the stage with ambition and energy.

TELL US YOUR STORY We would like to collect and to be inspired by stories of real people who served in the Great War. As well as inspiring Phil, myself and the rest of the creative team we would like to find a way to make these true stories available to a broader audience. We are going to create a range of opportunities for you to come to the theatre and tell the story of your grandfather, your great grandfather, your great uncle or aunt. Or to share those stories online. We would like to hear your stories, so start asking your family whether they remember something, whether there is a story they can tell.

I was very keen that the RSC, alongside colleagues across the arts, found an imaginative way to commemorate the First World War in this centenary year. We started thinking about how we might mark the moment where the British expeditionary forces first found themselves in the trenches of Belgium and France. As a national company it is important that we tell the stories of our nation, but one of the best ways to do that is to begin locally and we soon found a wealth of stories that connect the anniversary with us at the Royal Shakespeare Company, with Stratford-upon-Avon and people living in Warwickshire. For instance, serving with the Warwickshire Regiment at the start of the war was a man called Bruce Bairnsfather, a very talented illustrator who would become a hugely popular cartoonist during the war. Bruce once worked in the Memorial Theatre in Stratford, installing the first electric lights!

DECEMBER 1914 A remarkable event happened in late December 1914. An event that, for me, is properly inspirational. Most of the memories of the First World War quite rightly focus on the terrible tragic losses, but there was a moment, not really repeated since, where almost everybody fighting on both sides in the trenches decided to lay down their arms. It happened spontaneously. It wasn’t authorised. It wasn’t permitted. Some people refused to participate, but right along the Western Front groups of

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men, on both sides of the line, found the courage meet one another in order to celebrate Christmas. We felt it was very important to commemorate that moment of hope. That moment of truce and of peace. It is a moving, funny, surprising story, and it will be a beautiful way to celebrate Christmas in a year when we are remembering this terrible war.

RSC Deputy Artistic Director Watch the interview www.rsc.org.uk

SEMI-INTEGRATED SIGN LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE We are keen to make sure The Christmas Truce is accessible to as many people as possible. The legacy, of what happened in the truce, and what happened in the war, matters to everybody. We are going to conduct a ground breaking experiment to find a way to integrate an interpreter, using British Sign Language, into the show. At a specific performance it will be possible for people whose first language is British Sign Language to really engage with the show. We are not planning to have the interpreter standing to one side of the action, as that can be quite a difficult thing to watch and is particularly unsuitable for younger audiences. Our interpreter will be part of the company of actors and hopefully those people who use British Sign Language will be able to enjoy the show in a completely different way.

LOCAL STORIES Playwright Phil Porter and I are keen to express the experience of people from the West Midlands. When we think of the war, or any major historical event, it can seem a bit abstract, as though it is about “everyman”. But real people from this part of the world went to fight not knowing what they were going to face. Many of them died. Most of them took part in the truce, near Ypres in Belgium, soon after some really terrible fighting. We want to commemorate them, their courage, tell their stories. So we are telling the story of the Christmas truce from the perspective of the Warwickshire Regiment and the men local to our Stratford-upon-Avon home. We want to create an evening at the theatre that is exciting and memorable for all the family. Of course we know that the front line was a very frightening place to be, but we also know there were moments of great joy, endeavour and festivity. The Christmas Truce is an amazing story of adventure and courage and at its heart is a completely unforgettable football match!

Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Monday 5 January 2015, 7.15pm

RELAXED PERFORMANCE We have also scheduled a performance of The Christmas Truce aimed at schools and families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. These performances are adapted with a more relaxed attitude to noise, moving round the auditorium, reduced special effects and house lights kept on low in order to reduce anxiety and ensure a safe, enjoyable theatre visit. This will be the third relaxed performance we have offered. If you would like more information please contact your Ticket Hotline. Photo: PA/Empics, illustration by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather from The Bystander’s Fragments From France, design by RSC Visual Communications.

Relaxed Performance: Thursday 29 January 2015, 1.15pm


THE OTHER PLACE - ERICA WHYMAN The fourth space is for our Costume Store. Currently situated across town, this will provide state of the art facilities and allow the public to see the costume collection for the first time. Overall it will be a multi-functioning space. It will have actors rehearsing,

visiting artists encountering Shakespeare and a couple of times a year we will create festivals of ‘radical mischief’ to showcase our most daring work. Bringing The Other Place back to life ought be a big asset for Stratford-upon-Avon. The steel box is a clever

It is hard to remember a time before studio theatres, but in the early 1970s, RSC Assistant Director, Buzz Goodbody, was part of a movement who thought that you could make plays of all scales in small, intimate spaces.

Photo: Joe Cooks, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

It is a place of entertainment, of enjoyment, of fun, of playfulness. A place where artists can try things and potentially fail as well as succeed. The RSC has a responsibility to engage with new writing and with big ideas. All of his life Shakespeare was producing work that had never before been seen by an audience. He didn’t know if it was going to succeed or fail. He didn’t know if they were going to understand it; if it was going to relate to their lives. And yet he wrote. His courage and spirit of invention will inspire us in planning to open The Other Place for the next generation.

ERICA WHYMAN RSC Deputy Artistic Director

MIDSUMMER MISCHIEF FESTIVAL 2014 - EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS' OFFER We are hoping to begin the redevelopment work towards the end of 2014 and to open the new Other Place late in 2015. But to herald our plans, in June this year, we are producing a festival of exciting new plays, in a purpose-built temporary studio on the current Courtyard Theatre stage. The stage and auditorium will be deliberately simple, in honour of Buzz Goodbody's tin hut and the long-standing ethos of The Other Place. The plays are intended be a contemporary response to The Roaring Girls season in the Swan Theatre, so we have given our writers an initial provocation:

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in order to encourage real debate. We have invited them to be as daring and radical in their response as they would like. The plays will be performed over two evenings made up of two short plays each, (listed as Programme A and Programme B in the schedule), playing in repertoire with a shared cast. As the work is still being written, for now we are keeping the names of the playwrights under wraps. Further details will be announced in the coming months. If you want to join us on this adventure, we are offering RSC Members and Supporters the opportunity to see each of the double bills of new plays for just £10. When full details are announced the tickets will be £15 per Programme. *the phrase was first coined by American historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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On the site of The Courtyard Theatre in 1973 was a tin hut, used for backstage purposes. Buzz had an idea to turn this hut into a studio theatre to introduce a new audience to Stratford-upon-Avon, to see Shakespeare in a different light and to challenge the way we made theatre. But she felt we should also have new work, new plays, extraordinary moments in theatre. The Other Place opened in 1974. It has had a series of manifestations as a home for the RSC’s new writing over the years and we are eager and determined to have it back. The Courtyard Theatre was specifically built to provide a 1,000 seat thrust stage auditorium, during the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The original plan was to take the auditorium down once the RST was complete, but people rather fell in love with it. Tearing it down didn’t feel right. We now have planning permission to keep the structure and transform the inside of it completely over the next few years - creating four distinct spaces. One will be a studio theatre, deliberately intimate, about 200 seats, with a sense of thrust stage, but also the capacity to transform it to a promenade space or a conventional end-on studio theatre. Two of the other spaces will be rehearsal rooms and spaces that also let us experiment with the range of technical equipment we now have in the RST.

piece of architecture, because although it is a big modern building, it is sympathetic to its surroundings, elegant and quiet in colour. Many people have come to enjoy this gentle piece of modernism that sits in this beautiful old town. 40 years ago Buzz Goodbody talked about making sure the work of the RSC includes new and radical thinking with a political conscience. That is something The Other Place can and needs to do now. Like Buzz and her contemporaries, we are living through complex times both politically and economically. There is a great deal to say. It is vital that we connect this radical thinking with the spirit of Shakespeare. He had a very strong sense of the world in which he lived. But it important that The Other Place is not a place of dour deliberation.

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THE OTHER PLACE - ERICA WHYMAN


PLAYING IN THE SWAN THEATRE UNTIL 29 MARCH 2014 ‘EXPERTLY ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY MIKE POULTON… A REWARDING EPIC IN WHICH WE SEE THE COURT OF KING HENRY VIII IN ALL ITS GLORY AND RUTHLESSNESS.’

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‘JEREMY HERRIN’S FLEET STAGING, WITH GORGEOUS COSTUMES AND A RAFT OF STRONG SUPPORTING PERFORMANCES GRIPS’ Photography: Keith Pattison

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Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Lucy Briers as Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, Oscar Pearce as George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Madeleine Hyland as Lady in Waiting, Leah Brotherhead as Jane Seymour and Pierro Niel Mee as Christophe in Wolf Hall.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies opened on 8 January to phenomenal public and critical acclaim. Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels have been adapted for the stage in two parts by Mike Poulton (Morte D'Arthur, The Canterbury Tales) and directed by Jeremy Herrin. We hope to transfer the productions to London and will contact Members and Supporters once further information is available. The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION


HENRY IV PARTS I & II AT THE BARBICAN

HENRY IV PARTS I & II AT THE BARBICAN

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20 tickets are reserved at every performance (except Press Night) for individuals aged between 16 and 25 who must make the booking themselves, maximum two per person. Available from the Barbican only, over the phone or in person. All tickets, including those booked in advance, can only be collected from the Box Office from one hour before the performance. Proof of age is required. Tickets are allocated entirely at the discretion of the Box Office.

Director Gregory Doran Designer Stephen Brimson Lewis Lighting Tim Mitchell Music Paul Englishby Sound Martin Slavin Movement Michael Ashcroft Fights Terry King

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UP TO 4 UNDER 18S HALF PRICE WITH EVERY FULL PRICE PAYING ADULT

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Applies to Monday to Thursday performances excluding weeks of 22 and 29 December 2014. Maximum of 7 tickets per transaction.

UK SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE GROUPS

£18 PER TICKET NON-MEMBERS (£16 PER TICKET FOR RSC EDUCATION MEMBERS) PLUS ONE FREE TEACHER’S TICKET FOR EVERY 10 STUDENTS

Applies to Monday to Thursday performances for group of 10+ students for UK schools. Excludes weeks of 22 and 29 December 2014. 1 adult is required for every 10 students.

GROUPS OF 10+

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Playing in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 18 March Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne from September National Tour from October and the Barbican Theatre, London this winter

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Applies to Monday to Thursday performances for adult groups of 10+ tickets. Excludes weeks of 22 and 29 December 2014.

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 50% DISCOUNT

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If your choice of seat is limited by your disability then your seat will sold at 50% of face value. Available at every performance.

DAY SEATS

£10 FOR BEST AVAILABLE SEATS

A limited number will be available at the Barbican Box Office from 10.30am on the day of the performance, in person. Subject to availability. Valid for all performances.

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All discounts are subject to availability, at the discretion of the Box Office and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounted tickets cannot be booked in conjunction with any other discount or offer.

SAVE WHEN YOU BUY HENRY IV PARTS I & II

Buy tickets for both Henry IV Part I & Part II in the same transaction and pay just £100 for two top price tickets. Valid for all performances. Available via your Ticket Hotline and when booking tickets online. Not available in conjunction with any other discount or offer.

Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry IV Parts I & II

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MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS' PRIORITY BOOKING DATES FOR HENRY IV AT THE BARBICAN, LONDON

PRIORITY PLUS FOR RSC SUPPORTERS OPENS MONDAY 24 MARCH 2014 RSC FULL MEMBERS’ ONLINE AND TELEPHONE BOOKING OPENS WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2014 RSC ASSOCIATE MEMBERS’ ONLINE AND TELEPHONE BOOKING OPENS FRIDAY 28 MARCH 2014 PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS FRIDAY 4 APRIL 2014

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AN EPIC COMIC AND THRILLING VISION OF A NATION IN TURMOIL

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Following the success of Richard II at the Barbican Theatre, London we are delighted to return with Henry IV Parts I & II later this year.

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HENRY IV PARTS I & II AND THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE RESIDENCY

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THE RSC RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE WITH HENRY IV PARTS I & II AND THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

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CONCESSIONS Friends of the Theatre Royal - 20% off £15 schools tickets (£13 RSC Education Members). Available Mon - Thu performances. Please note the number of schools tickets is limited. One free ticket for the companion of a wheelchair user. One free ticket for the companion of a person with a disability if unable to attend unaccompanied. Proof of disability required, see website for details.

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ABBREVIATIONS Henry IV One = Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Two = Henry IV Part II Two Gents = The Two Gentlemen of Verona KEY F = First Performance L = Last Performance ■ = Audio Described Performance

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£5 TICKETS 16-25 year olds Supported by BP FOR 16-25 YEAR OLDS Anyone aged 16 to 25 can take advantage of the RSC’s £5 ticket scheme. 50 tickets will be held off sale (in selected areas) for each performance at the Theatre Royal. 25 of these tickets can be booked in advance. The remaining 25 will be sold from the Theatre Royal Box Office in person from 9am on the day of each performance. Proof of age is required for all 16-25 tickets. Maximum 2 tickets per person. STANDBYS Half price from 2hrs before the performance in selected areas at the management’s discretion.

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Shakespeare's rarely performed glorious comedy in the first full, main stage production for 45 years

RSC MEMBERS, SUPPORTERS & THEATRE ROYAL FRIENDS PRIORITY BOOKING DATES FOR NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

RSC MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS & THEATRE ROYAL FRIENDS' BOOKING OPENS TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2014 GROUPS & SCHOOL BOOKING OPENS THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2014 PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2014

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7.30 F Henry IV Part one

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2.00 L Henry IV Part one 7.30 L Henry IV Part two

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MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY Box Office: 01227 787787 www.marlowetheatre.com Booking opens mid March

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F = First Performance L = Last Performance = Pre-or Post-Show on stage event Access performances to be confirmed, please contact venue directly.

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Photo of Jasper Britton by Sasha Gusov

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Box Office: 0843 208 6000 www.thelowry.com Booking opens May


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Five Houses and Gardens that offer a unique insight into the life and times of William Shakespeare and his family. Based in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, each house represents a different period of history to tell the story of how Shakespeare became the world’s most famous playwright.

SHAKESPEARE’S

WARWICK CASTLE

HOME TOWN On 13 November 2013 more than 60,000 people watched Richard II live in cinemas across the world – broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in Stratford-upon-Avon. Two days later we streamed the show to an audience of 34,000 students in schools across the UK. Following this success, we have announced five future screenings:

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

PART I 14 MAY 2014 PART II 18 JUNE 2014

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

ON SALE NOW

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

4 MARCH 2015

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST & LOVE'S LABOUR'S WON

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Situated directly opposite the Swan Theatre, the Arden Hotel is the ideal base for exploring Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. The hotel’s recent multi-million pound refurbishment has created an elegant and sophisticated 45-bedroom luxury hotel with stylish bedrooms and views over the River Avon.

THE SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST

AROUND THE WORLD FROM

ON SALE NOW

THE ARDEN HOTEL, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

£13 PICTUREHOUSE & RSC MEMBERS & SUPPORTERS £15 CONCESSIONS

In the second of our Members and Supporters competitions to thank you for paying your subscription by Direct Debit, or to encourage you to change payment method at point of renewal, we are delighted to offer a luxury weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon. The prize includes:

• Premium Seats at a Royal Shakespeare Company performance • a two night stay at the Arden Hotel • a guided theatre tour • a visit to the viewing Tower • a 3 course dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant • Tickets to the five Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties • Tickets to Warwick Castle All Members renewing their direct debit, or choosing to set up a direct debit, with a membership valid until 22 April 2014 will be entered into our prize draw to win a luxury weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Why Direct Debit?

Easier for you - If you pay your subscription by Direct Debit it will automatically renew each year – so you will never miss out on a mailing or a Priority Booking period. Better for the RSC - There is less administration once you have set up a Direct Debit – so more of your money goes directly towards the work on stage.

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How Do I Set Up A Direct Debit?

When your membership or support is due for renewal, simply visit www.rsc.org.uk/myrsc, click Membership and follow the instructions to renew by Direct Debit. Alternatively you can complete the form on your renewal letter, or call us on 01789 403440 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm) and we will do the rest.

Celebrate 1,100 years of history with a visit to Britain’s ultimate mediaeval castle. From the Georgian state rooms, the recreation of the story of the Earl of Warwick (the Kingmaker in Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy) to the stunning Capability Brown landscaped gardens, Warwick Castle has something to offer all ages.

Free Prize Draw

Promotion Terms and Conditions Entry to the free prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 or over who pay for RSC Membership by annual Direct Debit or Support the RSC through a regular Direct Debit payment. All eligible people will automatically be entered into the free prize draw. Employees of the Royal Shakespeare Company and their immediate families and anyone else professionally connected with the RSC or this draw are not eligible to enter. Only one entry is allowed per household and no purchase is necessary. The draw will take place on Tuesday 22 April 2014 and the first name randomly selected from all entries that comply with these terms will be the winner. The RSC’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize is 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Arden Hotel for two people, 2 premium seats at an RSC performance in Stratford-upon-Avon, two tickets for a guided theatre tour, a visit to the RSC viewing Tower for 2 people, a 3 course pre-theatre dinner for 2 people at the RSC’s Rooftop Restaurant, complimentary tickets for 2 people for the five Shakespeare Birthplace Trust houses and gardens and a pass for 2 people to Warwick Castle. No cash alternative is offered and the prize is not transferable. The approximate value of the prize is £500. The winner will be responsible for all costs associated with travelling to Stratford-upon-Avon. Prize does not include any spending money. The RSC will notify the winner by e-mail or post within one week of the draw taking place. To claim the prize, the winner must reply to their winner’s e-mail or respond in writing, stating they would like to claim the prize and the tickets and hotel will be reserved for them. If you would like to know the name of the winner, please send an e-mail to membership@rsc.org.uk after 28 April 2014. The winner may be required to take part in publicity resulting from this draw. The personal data you provide as part of your RSC Membership or Supporters Ensemble will be used to conduct this prize draw and to contact you about the RSC’s activities. Your data will be processed in accordance with our privacy policy (available at www.rsc.org.uk). The promoter of this free prize draw is The Royal Shakespeare Company (registered charity no. 212481) of Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB.


SUPPORTER ENSEMBLE EVENTS FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2014

SHAKESPEARES CIRCLE, PATRONS CIRCLE AND ARTISTS CIRCLE

LOVES LABOURS LOST SUPPORTERS EVENING

Our Annual Supporters Evening event with tickets to the evening performance of Loves Labours Lost, and an opportunity to meet members of the Company and Artistic Team.

SATURDAY 22ND MARCH 2014

24TH JANUARY 2015, DAYTIME

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE FAMILY EVENT

Join us for an interactive family workshop introducing the play, including a buffet lunch and optional tickets to the Performance.

Photo by Keith Pattison

More information in our next newsletter

WRITER AND ADAPTER TALK

EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS CIRCLE EVENT FRIDAY 25TH APRIL 2014 EVENING

SWAN THEATRE 11.15AM – 12 NOON WOLF HALL AND BRING UP THE BODIES

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S DINNER

Join Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and adapter Mike Poulton as they discuss the process of bringing the detailed historical fiction charting the rise of Thomas Cromwell to the RSC stage.

Hosted by Gregory Doran, our annual Artistic Director’s Dinner will be an opportunity to hear him speak about his plans for the RSC, in the company of some of our esteemed alumni.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

This is a public event, but we will host tea and coffee, with Hilary Mantel after the event and there are a limited number of tickets for Supporters at £10 to include a ticket and afternoon tea. Please RSVP to invitation@rsc.org.uk or contact Michele Cottiss Telephone: 01789 272283

NEW DATE SATURDAY 16TH AUGUST 2014, DAYTIME

SHOWCASE DAY COURTYARD THEATRE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Join us for a day of discovery, as we re-open the doors of the Courtyard, this will include interactive workshops with RSC colleagues, to give you an insight to life at the theatre.

THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2014, DAYTIME

INSIGHT SESSION CHANGEOVER OF RST ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Be part of a unique experience as our technical team transforms the RST from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to Henry IV Part 1.

SUPPORT IN STYLE

In your last newsletter we offered you the opportunity to own a piece of theatre history by supporting our Made in Stratford-upon-Avon campaign. This appeal has been very popular, but we do have a small number of limited edition prints still available if you want to help us raise £1 million to support theatre craft at the RSC. To ensure you don’t miss out please visit www.rsc.org.uk/sis

Supporters Ensemble News - February 2014  

News from the Royal Shakespeare Company for Shakespeare Circle and Patrons supporters.

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