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MAY 2013


Live broadcasts from Stratford-upon-Avon From this autumn we will broadcast selected works live from Stratford-upon-Avon to cinemas around the world and schools across the UK

The first live broadcast will be Richard II, streamed live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Wednesday 13 November. Going forward we hope to broadcast three productions a year, giving audiences across the UK and around the world the chance to experience live theatre from Shakespeare’s home town. Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director and Director of Richard II, said “We want to bring the work we make in Stratford-upon-Avon to the widest possible audience and taking our productions live into cinemas and direct into schools is the next logical step. I’m looking forward to working on these new broadcasts, which are part of our quest to celebrate our unique ‘one-room spaces’ in Stratford and capture the thrill of sitting in the audience and experiencing theatre live.” In addition to cinema screenings we are also offering the unique opportunity to schools across the UK to experience Richard II in the classroom on Friday 15 November 2013. A free specially edited version will be streamed direct into schools accompanied by a live introduction and post-performance Q&A with members of the Company and Creative Team. To find your nearest cinema screening of Richard II, sign up to receive updates or find out more about the special schools screening visit

R S C s u p p o r t e rs Pr i o r i t y B o o k i n g Picturehouse Cinemas are offering RSC Supporters a discount and priority booking for the screening of Richard II. Supporters must book in person or by phone at their local Picturehouse cinema and show a valid RSC Supporters card when collecting tickets. Find your nearest Picturehouse cinema at


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If you are visiting Stratford-upon-Avon this summer, you have the opportunity to see rarely displayed costumes and learn about costume making in our FREE exhibitions.


Until 15 September

Take the lift to Level 2 for the PACCAR room

Into the Wild takes you on a journey through Shakespeare’s natural world and features costumes from our museum collection worn on our stages by some of the RSC’s best known actors. Costumes from Judi Dench’s The Comedy of Errors (1976), Antony Sher’s The Winter’s Tale (1999)

and David Tennant’s Hamlet (2008) are displayed alongside those worn by Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans and Derek Jacobi.


Until 1 September

Take the stairs opposite the Swan Theatre Bar

Explore the journey of an RSC costume from first stitch to final performance. We continue a proud tradition of creating costume in Stratford-upon-Avon. Learn about some of the processes involved in making and maintaining period costume, wigs, armour and much more. Includes a dressing up area.

It has been a real pleasure researching and pulling together these exhibitions. Into the Wild shows how Designers and Costume Makers have responded to Shakespeare’s recurring theme of nature. It also brilliantly showcases the skill and dedication of our Costume Team. Many think that attention to detail doesn’t really matter for theatre costumes. But an RSC costume can be on stage for well over 100 performances, dragged across the floor, involved in battle, drenched in blood and cleaned after every performance - so they must be made to withstand the rigours of the stage. Costume Craft follows the journey of how costumes and wigs are made and maintained – including a chance to try on a costume or two. It is a real treat for all.



Judi Dench in The Comedy of Errors (1976)

Image: RSC Graphic Design

Originating in our workshops and seen in our Stratford theatres, we share our work with audiences across the UK and around the world

Photograph: Janie Airey

In Stitches – a celebration of RSC costume

Made in Stratford – seen around the world


veryone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. The work, which begins its life at our Stratford-upon-Avon workshops and theatres, is shared with audiences through touring, residencies and online activity across the world. So, wherever you experience the RSC, you will experience work that is made in Shakespeare’s home town. In 2011/12 we held 1,082 performances of 26 productions in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and on UK tour, with an audience of 708,022. We work with 30,000 children, 1,300 schools and 2,500 teachers each year on our Open Access Education programme. Online we had 1.6 million unique website users (2011/12) and have 41,000 followers on Facebook and 88,000 on RSC Twitter. The RSC is the only theatre company with its own on-site Armoury, where we produce breastplates, gauntlets, belts and weaponry.

An average set of armour uses 53 sets of buckles and straps all individually made to spec, and 350 sets of rivets. Approximately half of the costumes we make are broken down to look worn. The common tools for this include a cheese grater, sandpaper, Stanley knife and blow-torch. Running Wardrobe maintains and cleans all costumes once a production has opened. Every item of clothing that touches the skin is washed immediately after each show, which often involves up to eight wash-loads every night. These must be dried, ironed and set into the appropriate dressing rooms before the next performance. Many costumes aren’t

washable so inner costumes or ‘shields’ are used which can be removed and washed. Fake blood is created from glucose, sugar and fruit colouring and used in daggers, blood bags or smearing. Black treacle is used to darken the blood. Prosthetic body parts are made from moulds created from dental alginate and plaster of Paris bandages. Costumes from previous productions go to the RSC’s Costume Store for hire to amateur groups, schools, TV and film companies. Our costumes have been seen across the years, from Braveheart and Shakespeare in Love to Merlin, Dr Who and Don’t Tell The Bride.

Made in Stratfordupon-Avon Appeal The RSC is a registered charity and we rely on your support through your membership subscription and regular contributions. To coincide with In Stitches, we are launching our Made in Stratfordupon-Avon Appeal, which this year aims to raise £1 million to support the crafts of our Designers and Costume Makers, and to ensure their techniques and skills continue here in Shakespeare’s home town. There are a number of ways you can get involved, from topping up your ticket purchase to buying one of our ‘Made In Stratford’ dishes in the Rooftop Restaurant. Later in the year you can also help create a crowd-funded costume installation for the RST foyer or “Support in Style” by sponsoring an article of clothing or an entire costume.


Rising 36 metres, the Theatre Tower offers stunning views over Shakespeare’s home town. Open daily from 10am, from the viewing platform you can see his Birthplace, New Place Gardens – the site of Shakespeare’s final home before his death – and Holy Trinity Church, where he was baptised and buried. You can also see the three surrounding counties and, on a particularly clear day, you can see to Wales. RSC Members and Supporters can visit the Tower for £1. £2.50 for non-Members, £1.25 for under 18s and £1 for people with disabilities. During UK school holidays up to four children can go free up the Tower with every full paying adult. Find out more and book online:

ROOFTOP RESTAURANT AND BAR On the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and with stunning views over the Bancroft Gardens and River Avon, the Rooftop Restaurant serves freshly prepared food cooked onsite by our team of in-house Chefs. Whether you are looking for lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre supper, Sunday roast or a celebratory feast, the Rooftop Restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere and uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients. You can hire the 120 seat restaurant for a private function or event. RSC Members and Supporters enjoy a 10% discount on all food and drink at the Rooftop Restaurant, Riverside Café and all the theatre bars. Discount is offered to the RSC Member or Supporter plus one guest and is valid

seven days a week.* To book your table, or talk to our staff about your forthcoming event please call 01789 403449

GUIDED THEATRE TOURS** Over the past two years we have expanded our range of guided tours, ensuring that at least one route is available every day. Join our experienced guides on a tour through the history of the Company. In addition they will divulge behind the scenes secrets such as how costumes are made and how effects are achieved. Find out more and book online: * Associate Members’ offer does not include the pre-theatre menu. ** Please note that due to technical limitations, tours may not always visit the auditoria or the backstage area.

Looking for a day out for your Group?

The RSC has opened its doors for weddings, civil partnerships, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies. Our licenced rooms include our auditoria, the top of our iconic Tower, the intimate Swan Reading Room and our larger neo-Gothic Ferguson Room with original stained glass. Whatever you decide, we have what it takes to give your special day a touch of theatrical magic.

Combine a bespoke guided tour with cream tea and a trip up the Tower. Call your Ticket Hotline for more details and to book. You can hire one of our unique spaces to host a meeting, conference or informal social gathering, or host your next team away day or hospitality event with us. Whether you are seeking new business or celebrating success we will help you achieve your aim. Purpose built for public performances, our spaces can also be hired for film and photographic shoots. The RSC has a diverse offering of locations - foyers, auditoria, rehearsal spaces, bars, cafe, restaurant, riverside views, terraces and much more. There are original Art Deco features from 1932, a wing of the building built in the 1800s and the tower viewing platform offering stunning views of the surrounding town and countryside.

Photograph: Lucy Barriball


Photograph: Peter Nadolski

Whether you are a new RSC Member or Supporter, or have been with us for many years, we hope to welcome you to our home in Stratford-upon-Avon in the near future. Don’t forget to bring your Membership card on every visit and make the most of your discounts and special offers

Photograph: David Woodings

Visit our home in Stratford-upon-Avon

Take Centre Stage at the RSC

For more information about weddings, conferences or filming please contact Lucy Robertson, Commercial Hires Manager:

Special Offers We have arranged a number of discounts to enhance your visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. Please visit your Members or Supporters' Room (click on the link on the right side of the homepage and follow the instructions to log in), download the voucher and present it with a current RSC Membership card. Terms and conditions apply. SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST 2-for-1 entry to the houses and gardens ARDEN HOTEL 10% off the best available rate NATIONAL TRUST: UPTON HOUSE AND GARDENS 2-for-1 entry WARWICK CASTLE 2-for-1 entry THE MAD (MECHANICAL ART & DESIGN) MUSEUM 25% off entry NATIONAL TRUST: COUGHTON COURT 2 for 1 entry to the house Terms and conditions apply – see individual vouchers for details.

RSC IN NYC Photograph: Ellie Kurttz

Gregory Doran and Catherine Mallyon at the Broadway opening


Julius Caesar Following performances in Stratford-upon-Avon, a UK tour, West End transfer and Russian residency, Gregory Doran's production of Julius Caesar opened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on 12 April to critical acclaim, then transferred to the Southern Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, playing From 1-5 May





To see all the broadway reviews please visit us.matildathe

Matilda The Musical O n 11 April the New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. It has been described by the New York Times as 'THE MOST SATISFYING AND SUBVERSIVE MUSICAL EVER TO COME OUT OF BRITAIN...EVEN MORE GLORIOUS THAN WE WERE PROMISED... TRULY REVOLUTIONARY' Having swept the board at last year's Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, the show is receiving a raft of nominations during the awards season in New York; 12 nominations for the Tony awards including Best Musical, seven for the Drama Desk awards, five from the Outer Critics Circle and two from the Drama League.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from November 2010 to January 2011. It transferred to London's Cambridge Theatre in October 2011 where it continues to play to packed houses and is currently taking bookings until May 2014 at


Photographs: Kwame Lestrade


This production of Julius Caesar has travelled 13,029 miles on its round trip. Jeffery Kissoon, who played Caesar, got stabbed a total of 12 times per performance - a total of 2,004 times during the life of the show. Over the course of the show we used 27 litres of blood to make up 1,670 blood bags which generated 1,336 loads of washing. There were 167 performances in total, which is 24,382 minutes of playing time or just under 17 days.

The Royal Shakespeare Company in America is presented in collaboration with The Ohio State University


Photographs: Simon Annand

SWAN THEATRE Until 26 October

Katy Stephens plays Tamora, queen of the Goths

Stephen Boxer plays Titus Andronicus with Rose Reynolds as Lavinia

As your Newsletter went to print, Titus Andronicus was starting preview performances in the Swan Theatre. Believed to be Shakespeare's earliest tragedy, Titus Andronicus is famed for its violent content and in this production over 133 pints of blood will be used during the 76 performances. The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION

Midsummer Night's Dreaming #Dream40

Image: RSC Graphic Design


Experience Shakespeare's magical comedy through the eyes of the internet over one unmissable midsummer weekend From 21 - 23 June, we will be working in partnership with Google's Creative Lab to create a new interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in real time across the weekend. Follow the action online, come to Stratfordupon-Avon for live events or be part of the play by joining the Midsummer Night's Dreaming Community on Google+.

What is it?

Midsummer Night’s Dreaming is the RSC’s 40th interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a tale of love, fairies and mischief. As the story unfolds in Stratford-upon-Avon, observers and people close to the action will be reporting their take on events for you online. Hear from Bottom’s nemesis The Evil Weaver, fairies Mustardseed and Moth and a wealth of other characters connected to Shakespeare’s main protagonists. Alongside this we want to hear your

view of proceedings, use #Dream40 on Google+ to get involved, create and share. After the weekend is over and normality resumes, the whole play will be available to listen to online, alongside the best creations, thoughts and opinions from the online community.

How can I join in?

Join us on Google+ to be the first to hear updates as the story happens at

Live events in Stratford-upon-Avon

Help us to create the wedding of the year on Sunday 23 June. Head to The Dell from 12 noon where preparations will begin - create decorations, write vows and rediscover your disco dance moves plus enjoy live music throughout the afternoon. At 4pm, you are invited to join us as wedding guests to enjoy the final scenes of Midsummer Night’s Dreaming. Directed by Gregory Doran, the company includes Joe Dixon, who will be reprising the role of Bottom. All events are FREE, just turn up and enjoy the party!

What is Google+?

Google+ is Google’s very own social network. Add friends, family and organisations to your Circles, share your news with the people who matter and make recommendations using the +1 button. Incorporated in Google+ is Google Hangouts, a new way to communicate in real time across the world.

Joe Dixon as Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2008)

Visit to find out more. 'Google loves thinking big and we wanted to reimagine A Midsummer Night's Dream for a digital age. Adding a little of our digital fairy dust to the magic of the RSC, the idea is to take the play from theatre into the real world, online and off, allowing people who can't visit Stratford-upon-Avon to experience and interact with the play via Google+' TOM UGLOW




A Mad World My Masters Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Photograph: Manuel Harlan

'The play was written in 1608 and I think it’s the filthiest comedy ever written. It’s like Joe Orton has got together with a 1970s saucy comedy writer and created a very, very funny and filthy play. The evening is going to be very much about laughing out loud. When thinking of the setting of the piece, I tried to find a time that we could set the play in that the audience would feel contact with and could relate to. The play is concerned with the status of women, women’s sexuality and how threatening that can be. It’s also set in a time of economic upheaval, when there’s just been a war and touches on the upper classes falling from their pedestal. This led me to the 1950s. The 1950s was an incredibly stylish time and the play reflects that with brilliant costumes and some fantastic music, including a 1950s jive'



Photographs: Keith Pattison

Costume and Set designer Alice Power's sketches show what was de rigeur in 1950s Soho




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Jonathan Slinger is an exciting, unpredictable actor whose Hamlet is long overdue SUNDAY TIMES

Pippa Nixon's Ophelia is OUTSTANDING GUARDIAN


Photograph: Keith Pattison



Pippa Nixon and Alex Waldmann are absolutely glorious INDEPENDENT


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A joyous, BIG-HEARTED affair ‑GUARDIAN

NEWS IN BRIEF Photograph: Ellie Kurttz

tell a teacher about how the RSC can help bring Shakespeare to life

You can now book for the full range of 2013/14 RSC Education opportunities, from professional development for teachers to workshops and events for students Explore Shakespeare the way actors and directors do Inspire and engage your students with rehearsal room approaches Live streaming of I, Cinna: The Poet at Phoenix School, 2012

Richard II broadcast to schools The RSC collaborates once again with Ravensbourne College and the JANET network to stream a broadcast of Richard II free into classrooms across the UK

Find out more at

S tudents all over the country will have the opportunity to see Richard II, one of the most eagerly anticipated theatrical events of the year on Friday 15 November 2013. A range of supporting resources for teachers will be available leading up to the broadcast, which will be followed by a live,

interactive Q&A session with members of the Acting Company and Creative Teams. The production will be streamed in HD (high definition), with teachers able to access content via their computer or a tablet device and play it to their class via a Whiteboard. To find out more about this exciting

project and to ensure you can be part of it, visit, sign up for email updates and tick the box ‘I am interested in finding out more about broadcasts to schools’. This special webcast will also herald the start of a major new education initiative. Further details in your next Newsletter.

OPEN STAGES 2013-16 The RSC’s hugely successful Open Stages project engaging with amateur theatre makers is back. The RSC and its professional partner theatres are looking CELEBRATING AMATEUR THEATRE CELEBRATING AMATEUR THEATRE for 100 amateur companies across the UK to produce a Shakespeare or Shakespeare-themed production in their own venue, hired hall or outdoor site. This new phase of the project will focus on learning, with each RSC Open Stages amateur company receiving training, director mentoring, feedback and support from the RSC and its professional partner theatres. For more information and application information please visit

CASTING UPDATE: RICHARD II ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE 10 OCTOBER – 16 NOVEMBER 2013 As previously announced Gregory Doran directs David Tennant (Hamlet 2008) in the title role with Oliver Ford Davies (Hamlet 2008) as Duke of York and Michael Pennington (Timon of Athens 1999, Hamlet 1981) as John of Gaunt. Nigel Lindsay (Four Lions, Shrek The Musical, Broken Glass, Winner of the Best Supporting Actor Award, Whatsonstage Awards 2011, Awake And Sing) makes his RSC debut to play Bolingbroke.

THEATRE MATTERS Theatres are at the heart of our communities. When our Councillors are taking tough decisions about how to spend our taxes, they need to know how much we value our local theatre's work and role in the community. My Theatre Matters! is a campaign organised by Equity, the Stage newspaper and the Theatrical Management Association. For further details please visit

Thank you!



Thank you for your continued support of the Royal Shakespeare Company through your Membership. As you will see from this Newsletter we are busy creating theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon which we share with the world. We do hope you can join us for live theatre, cinema broadcast or online with Google in the near future. We are putting final touches to the Summer 2014 programme and your next Members’ Newsletter, in September, will give you full information of the productions and details of your Priority Booking Period. More details will follow in a couple of months and, in the meantime, we hope to see you in Stratford-upon-Avon soon.



Photograph: Jillian Edelstein


forthcoming events recent events Our Showcase Day on Friday 28 June and Supporters Evening on Thursday 7 November are now both fully subscribed. Waiting lists are being held for both events should we have any returned tickets. We are thrilled the events are so popular this year and are reviewing our events programme for forthcoming months so we can accommodate more supporters to attend and learn more about the RSC. Please note as a registered charity events are charged to cover costs.

Shakespeare’s Circle, Patrons Circle and Artists Circle Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Saturday 13 July 2013, Daytime

Titus Andronicus insight event Join us in the morning for an insight session with our RSC colleagues, followed by a light lunch with fellow supporters. In the afternoon, there is the option to purchase tickets to the matinee performance of Titus Andronicus in the Swan Theatre. See the Invitation enclosed in this newsletter

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Saturday 11 January 2014, Daytime

Wendy & Peter Pan Family Event An interactive and fun workshop aimed at all the family. Join us to learn more about the RSC’s new adaptation of the classic tale of Peter Pan. Lunch included. Optional matinee performance tickets for Wendy & Peter Pan in the RST are also available. Booking not yet open – please look out for an invitation in the autumn.

RSC Clapham Rehearsal Studios Thursday 11 April

Supporters Ensemble Insight Event On the evening of 11 April we held an insight event around a rehearsal of our current production of Titus Andronicus led by the Director Michael Fentiman. He provided a unique glimpse into the techniques he uses whilst developing a play. We watched three scenes from the production in the intimate and privileged environment of the rehearsal room. We were thrilled with the experience and all look forward to seeing it staged in the Swan Theatre. We are very thankful to have access to the rehearsal process and would like to thank members of the acting company and Michael for sharing their work. We hope to host similar events like this in the future as it was very informative to learn about the early stages of rehearsal, it was a fantastic night for those who attended. Ria Jones – Development Department

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Shakespeare's Circle

Shakespeare Circle can receive 10% Discount for themselves and one guest in the RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Cafe and Bars From Monday 20 May 2013, we would like to offer the following improved benefit to our Patrons' and Artists' Circle

Patrons Circle Exclusive Artists Circle Event London, Venue To be confirmed Wednesday 4 September, Evening

London Link Up

An opportunity to discuss the Company’s activity with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and Executive Director Catherine Mallyon.

Patrons' Circle can now receive 15% Discount for themselves and one guest in the RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Cafe and Bars at our theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon

Artist Circle

Artists' Circle can now receive 20% Discount for themselves and one guest in the RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Cafe and Bars at our theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon

Important Note Please ensure you show your supporters card to the member of staff, to ensure you receive your discount. We will be unable to offer the discount without a card .

Supporters News May 2013  

Supporters Newsletter with information about Live from Stratford-upon-Avon

Supporters News May 2013  

Supporters Newsletter with information about Live from Stratford-upon-Avon