RSC Announces Six New Dates for the UK & Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical

RSC Announces Six New Dates for the UK & Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that the UK and Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical will extend into 2019, touring to six more cities and accompanied by a specially devised education programme, Change My Story, for schools. 

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

Robin Ince's Rorschach Test

For a man who claims to be a ‘professional idiot’ Robin Ince sure seems to know a lot. Rorschach Test is a show that’s ‘probably about art and definitely about a goat’ Ince informs us in his trademark breakneck style... 

Queen Anne RSC

Queen Anne RSC

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Queen Anne transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30 June... 

Love's Labour's Lost RSC

Love's Labour's Lost RSC

'We lose ourselves to keep our oaths.’ Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years... 

Cymbeline RSC

Cymbeline RSC

Shakespeare’s coming-of-age romance is stunningly retold for the 21st century with Gillian Bevan as Cymbeline, the first woman to take on the role for the Royal Shakespeare Company... 

RSC Live: Othello

RSC Live: Othello

Cinema screening of live performance. Othello is the greatest general of his age, a fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him... 

Shakespeare Syndrome's Catriona Scott on Macbeth's Rorschach Test

Shakespeare Syndrome's Catriona Scott on Macbeth's Rorschach Test

How do you tell a story using Shakespeare’s characters and make it original? How do you tell a story about Shakespeare himself for that matter? For Catriona Scott, playwright of Shakespeare Syndrome, the answer was simple: mix together a handful of the bard’s most famous characters (and the bard himself), put them in therapy, give them all a good shake, and serve with a nice red wine for comedy... 

RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Cinema screening of live performance. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, best friends Valentine and Proteus both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia... 

RSC Live: Henry V

RSC Live: Henry V

Cinema screening of live performance. Henry IV is dead and Hal is king. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people... 

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part II

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part II

Cinema screening of live performance. King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion against his reign threatens to surface. He is uncertain that his son Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule... 

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part I

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part I

Cinema screening of live performance. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, Sir John Falstaff... 

RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice

RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice

Cinema screening of live performance. In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all – as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made... 

RSC Live: Richard II

RSC Live: Richard II

Cinema screening of live performance. Richard is king. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years... 

The Poets are Coming: Sara Hirsch

The Poets are Coming: Sara Hirsch

Loud Poet Sara Hirsch is bringing her debut spoken-word show, How Was It For You?, up to Clerk's Bar this August. 

Bard SummerScape: Euryanthe

Bard SummerScape: Euryanthe

Weber’s echt-Romantic opera contains some of his most innovative, subtle music. What keeps the work a rarity rather than a classic is the libretto, which is filled to bursting with spirits and serpents while lacking motivations and plausible relationships... 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s familiar characters were brought to life once again in this rustic adaptation by the talented Wild Donkey Theatre Company. The cast was surprisingly small which resulted in many actors and actresses playing more than one part... 

Method in Madness

Method in Madness

Through contemporary dance, music and words, Method in Madness tells the tragic tale of a young American actress struggling to connect with her role as Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet... 

As you like it

As you like it

Riding on the success of last year’s excellent production of A Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare Napa Valley launched themselves into the deep end with an incredibly daring adaptation of As You Like It... 

Szambalia: Rock Opera

Szambalia: Rock Opera

From the Red Light district in Second World War Germany to the lost tunnels under the Red Gate of Tibet, this original rock opera by the Maciej Pawlowski Musical School follows the adventures of four ambitious young Germans in their search for the lost civilisation of Szambalia... 

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The English School of Mongolia (ESM) ignited the stage of the Arthur Cotterell Theatre with their modern take on Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat. Somehow, the directors managed to squeezea cast of 62 children and full orchestra into the tiny Arthur Cotterell Theatre and although at times it was obvious they were pushed for space, in general it didn’t interfere with the production... 

Handmade Tales

Handmade Tales

‘A story is a very peculiar thing.’ And with that, the whirlwind of an adventure began. Tap Tap theatre careered through their introduction and launched into the first of five narratives at a ferociously engaging speed... 

Market Stall

Market Stall

Pantomime is the true saviour of any festive season. So what better way to kick off the IYAF festivities than a silent pantomime? Physical theatre company C-12’s twist on the traditional show effortlessly combined dance, mime and circus and took place in the surprising setting of a market stall... 

Hirsch

Hirsch

Hirsch is a well written and brilliantly performed biographical account of the turbulent life of Hungarian director John Hirsch from the perspective of an actor, Alon Nashman, who worked with the influential artist... 

I- Shanghai

I- Shanghai

ETheatre expertly combined dance, music, dialogue and mime in their poignant piece of social commentary, I.Shanghai. This emotional series of snapshots concerning life in China’s second largest city, examined the monstrous gap between the rich and poor... 

The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

Directed by Trayan Velev, a cast of ten graduates from Kingston University dragged the timeless classic by Moliere, kicking and screaming into the twenty first century. The production could easily have been stale, but Velev’s poetic adaptation of the script, challenged the actors and demonstrated the continuing relevance of Moliere’s thought provoking work in today’s world... 

Raise the Roof! Opening Night Concert

Raise the Roof! Opening Night Concert

Raise the Roof started IYAF 2013 with a bang. From one fantastic man and his guitar, to drag queens performing Chaucer, Jeremy Sachs put together a banquet of fun that catered to every taste... 

Balkan Beat Box

Balkan Beat Box

As you can probably infer from the band’s name, Balkan Beat Box are bending the conventions of the Eastern-European folk genre, and are bringing it bang up to date. The group who originated in the underground music scene of New York, combine the sounds of the dancehall with the traditions of Balkan... 

From Kabul With Love

From Kabul With Love

Many will argue that the beauty of Performance Art is that the possibilities are endless. After watching ‘From Kabul With Love’ I am ready to dump the artistic concept once and for all... 

Krater Comedy Club

Krater Comedy Club

The basement of Komedia is buzzing as soon as I enter; this is the place to be for stand up comedy in the South (or so I’ve been told). Krater Comedy Club appears to have the formula for laughter just right – burgers, booze and excitable comedy fans gathered together equates to a lively night... 

Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

I am not a football fan myself, but ‘Fever Pitch’ is not just about football. It is a deep exploration into obsession, its highs and its lows. Paul Hodson’s adaptation of the best selling book taps into issues of identity, class and gender during a time of significant political and social change during the 1970s and '80s... 

Baker and Thompson: Never Made it to the RSC - Free

Baker and Thompson: Never Made it to the RSC - Free

The infectious enthusiasm of this comedy duo is apparent from the off, their chaotic get-in generating a fair few belly-laughs. The show proper – in which two actors reminisce about dodgy Shakespeare productions they’ve been drafted into – is part play, part sketch comedy, with a healthy dose of fourth-wall-breaking interjections thrown in...