Most of us will have seen a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet or Much Ado About Nothing at some point over the years – whether performed as a school play or by a professional theatre company.
But how many of us have heard of, let alone seen, some of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works such as Cymbeline or Troilus and Cressida?
The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon plans to rectify this by bringing to the stage ALL of Shakespeare’s works over a 5/6-year period. This is no mean feat as there are 38 plays in total, several of which have only rarely been brought to life.
The RSC’s pledge begins with the Rome Season, which joins all four of Shakespeare’s epic Roman plays into one season of thrillers. It kicks off with Julius Caesar on 3rd March, followed by Antony and Cleopatra on 11th March; both productions run until early September. From 23rd June the decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play: Titus Andronicus. Completing the collection is Coriolanus from 15th September.
Meanwhile, Shakespeare’s legacy isn’t only being celebrated by the Royal Shakespeare Company…
Shakespeare Week 2017 – the annual national celebration of Shakespeare in primary schools – returns for the fourth time from 20th to 26th March. This year’s event will involve a nation-wide Big Assembly, tours of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Shakespeare’s New Place by expert young guides, and performances of extracts from Shakespeare’s plays by a special troupe of youngsters.
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