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A Roman General returns from a brutal ten year war to bury the sons he has lost in conflict. To honour their deaths he executes the eldest child of his enemies’ Queen.

The end of the war and this final act of sacrifice is not the end of bloodshed. A chain of murder and retribution engulfs Rome as Titus struggles to escape the horror of violent deeds done in a violent world.

Michael Fentiman makes his RSC debut directing Shakespeare’s early revenge tragedy.

As you like it RSC Stratford upon Avon

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When Rosalind and Orlando are banished from the oppressive court, they are forced to run for their lives into the wild depths of the Forest of Arden.

However, in that harsh, lyrical wilderness, they discover an unexpected freedom, and as their anarchic love story unfolds, Arden bursts into summer.

Maria Aberg directs following her riotous production of King John in the Swan Theatre as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Music for the production is composed by Laura Marling. The English musician has been nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and won the Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.

Shakespeare Houses half price tickets

Visiting Stratford upon Avon?

Guests staying at Virginia Lodge get half price tickets for Shakespeare’s Houses. to book accommodation go to www.virginialodge.co.uk

There are 3 in the town, The Birthplace, Halls Croft & New Place & Ann Hathaway’s Cottage, which is a 20 minute walk behind Virginia Lodge.

To see how & where Shakespeare lived & wrote great plays, these properties are a must see. They are great examples of Tudor Architecture & 2 of them have great cafes.

 

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Go and see ‘As you like it’ starts 20th April 2013

When Rosalind and Orlando are banished from the oppressive court, they are forced to run for their lives into the wild depths of the Forest of Arden.

However, in that harsh, lyrical wilderness, they discover an unexpected freedom, and as their anarchic love story unfolds, Arden bursts into summer.

Maria Aberg directs following her riotous production of King John in the Swan Theatre as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Peter Pan & Wendy, RSC Stratford upon Avon

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Winter 1909. Snow is falling across London. Wendy Darling and her two brothers sleep peacefully in the bedroom, as their parents bicker downstairs. In a sudden flurry of snow their window blows open, and into their lives tumbles a mischievous boy called Peter. Shortly followed by a very fractious fairy by the name of Tink.

In the magical Peter Pan, Wendy sees not only a great adventure, but also a chance to rediscover the key to her parents’ lost happiness. With the aid of a little fairy dust she agrees to fly with Peter to Neverland. There she will give the Lost Boys a run for their money, defeat Captain Hook and his pirate crew, and ultimately, learn what it means to grow up.

JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up is adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson

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Bring up the bodies, RSC Stratford uponn avon 19th Dec 2013

A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies plays in two parts this season in the Swan Theatre.

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Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry’s side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position.

When the King begins to fall in love with the seemingly plain Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions.

Great book which I highly recommend.

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Hamlet RSC Stratford upon Avon

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Hamlet’s father is dead. He suspects his uncle of murder but has no proof. He fears his mother’s involvement but dare not confront her.

If his suspicions are correct he has a duty to avenge his father, but if he strikes down an innocent man he risks eternal damnation.

RSC Associate Director David Farr directs Jonathan Slinger in the title role following their celebrated collaboration on the World Shakespeare Festival productions of Twelfth Night and The Tempest.

First 2 nights have had very good reviews.

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Richard 11 RSC Stratford upon Avon

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Starts 10th October 2013

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. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role.

Richard II is the first production in a new cycle of Shakespeare’s History plays, directed by Gregory, that will be performed over the coming seasons.

David is joined in the company by Oliver Ford Davies, who also appeared with him in the acclaimed 2008 Hamlet.

Literary Festival Stratford upon Avon 21 April to 5 May 2013

Celebrating its 6th year in 2013, The Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18.

The Stratford Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.

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Hamlet RSC Stratford upon Avon 2013

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Young Hamlet returns home from university to discover that, not only is his father (Old Hamlet) newly dead, but that his mother, Gertrude, has married Old Hamlet’s brother, Claudius, and that Claudius is now king.  The resultant instability in the state of Denmark has also led to threats of invasion by the Norwegian prince, Fortinbras

Late one night, the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears to him on the cold battlements of Elsinore castle, accusing Claudius of his murder and urging Hamlet to take revenge.  This sets in motion a train of events that destroys both family and state.

No longer able to trust his own senses, the loyalty of his old friends, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern, or even the affections of his young love, Ophelia, Hamlet fakes madness in an attempt to provide himself with proof that the ghost is telling the truth.  Aided only by his most loyal companion, Horatio, he persuades a travelling band of actors to re-enact the story of his father’s murder in front of Claudius and Gertrude, hoping that Claudius will be so stirred by remorse that he will confess his crime.

During an intense meeting with his mother, Hamlet hears a noise and realises that they are being spied upon.  In rage, he stabs the hidden eavesdropper, believing it to be Claudius.  Instead he discovers it is the King’s adviser, Polonius, father to both Ophelia and her brother, Laertes.

Afraid of what Hamlet might do next, Claudius has him arrested and despatched to England under guard, where he has arranged to have Hamlet murdered.  Hamlet escapes, returns to Denmark and finally achieves his revenge.

The psychological effects of these upheavals on Hamlet lead to some of the greatest soliloquies in the English language and take the audience deep into the mind of Shakespeare’s most famous protagonist.

Ophelia, having been violently rejected by Hamlet, hears that her father has been murdered. She loses her mind and eventually drowns herself.  Her brother, Laertes, returns to court at the head of an angry mob, determined to find out the truth.  Claudius convinces him that Hamlet is the only guilty party and agrees to help Laertes gain revenge.

On learning of Hamlet’s escape and return to Denmark, Claudius convinces Laertes to challenge Hamlet to a fencing match and advises Laertes on how to kill Hamlet during the duel without arousing suspicion.  As a back-up plan, Claudius also poisons a glass of wine which he intends to offer to Hamlet.  Gertrude, however, drinks from the glass first and dies.

During the duel, Hamlet is slightly wounded by Laertes, who has tipped his sword with a deadly poison.  In the ensuing tussle, the swords get switched and Hamlet wounds Laertes with the poisoned one.  Realising that he is about to die, and that Claudius has manipulated the situation, Laertes confesses everything, forgives Hamlet and dies.

As the poison takes hold and he realises that he too is about to die, Hamlet finally carries through his dead father’s wish for revenge.  He forces Claudius to drink the remaining poisoned wine, which quickly takes effect.

With his dying breath, Hamlet asks Horatio to ensure that his story is told accurately.

Young Fortinbras of Norway arrives at the head of his army, ready to assume control of a Denmark whose royal family has been destroyed by betrayal, murder and revenge.