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Snow in Summer at the RSC

Opening in The Swan Theatre next month, Snow in Midsummer is a contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous Classical Chinese dramas.  This is the first production in the RSC’s Chinese Translations Project, a cultural exchange bringing Chinese classics to a modern western audience.

The play stars Harry Potter actor Katie Leung and runs from Feb 23 – Mar 25

The RSC in the New Year

IMG_5087Planning a visit to the RSC? Why not spend the weekend at Virginia Lodge?

The RSC has just announced its 2016 spring and summer season – celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation – co-produced with 14 amateur companies across the UK, it opens in Stratford upon Avon before embarking on a nationwide tour.

There are productions of Hamlet and Cymbeline and in The Swan Theatre a production of Don Quixote featuring David Threlfall and Rufus Hound.

Also in The Swan Theatre, two new productions of Marlowe’s Dr Faustus and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.

Wendy and Peter Pan at the RSC

IMG_5087Currently at the RSC, the production of Richard II starring David Tennant has received excellent reviews. It’s a sellout production but if you are planning to visit Stratford later this year, there are exciting plans for the future.

Fly with us to Neverland – The RSC’s winter family show this year is Wendy and Peter Pan, adapted from the novel by J M Barrie. Tickets are now on sale.  The show opens on December 10th and runs through to March 2nd.  If you want to treat the family at Christmas, book early.

Included in the RSC’s plans for summer 2014 are Henry IV parts i and ii, The Roaring Girls,The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The White Devil.

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.


RSC ticket holders, 10% discount at Virginia Lodge Stratford

Going to the RSC in Stratford upon Avon?

book a room at www.virginialodge.co.uk or Tel 01789 292157

Save 10% on your accommodation by showing us your tickets.

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.

Hamlet RSC Stratford upon Avon 2013


For accommodation go to www.virginialodge.co.uk tel 01789 292157

10% DISCOUNT for RSC ticket holders

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.

Winter break offers Stratford on Avon

Virginia Lodge has some great offers for a short winter break in a lovely town, which just happen to have one of the best theatres in the world.

3 nights for the price of 2

book 2 rooms togethor & save 20%

15% discount to RSC theatre ticket holders

offers apply on bookings Sunday to Thursday nights till 31st March 2013. Call to book 01789 292157


Stratford-upon-Avon RSC Upcoming Season

With the end of the Olympics and Paralympics, and the onset of Autumn, what do we have to look forward to now?

One answer is the start of the Autumn/Winter Season at the RSC in Stratford!

The Merry Wives of Windsor sees the return of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic characters, Sir John Falstaff. Perhaps best known for his role in the History plays Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II, this play brings his forceful personality to a Comedy, reportedly at the request of Queen Elizabeth I.

If you are looking for a family production, The Mouse and his Child seems set to live up to the RSC’s recent success in staging such classics as Matilda in a way which is genuinely captivating for the whole family. Perfect for a pre-Christmas treat, and a good excuse to get some unique Christmas shopping done in Stratford’s many boutique shops.

We’ll be sure to post up some reviews for these shows once they’re in, as well as for the other productions in this Season’s repertoire – The Orphan of Zhao, Boris Godunov and A Life of Galileo.

For more information, see the RSC website, and don’t forget that RSC ticket-holders can get 15% off bed and breakfast at Virginia Lodge Guest House.

Bed and Breakfast for less – Special Winter offers at Virginia Lodge

As Summer draws to a close, we would like to draw your attention to our special Winter offers. What better way to blow away the Winter blues than a trip to Stratford to watch one of Shakespeare’s heartiest comedies, the Merry Wives of Windsor at the RSC? At the same time, you can get some unique Christmas shopping done at Stratford’s many independent boutiques.

Stratford takes on a charm all of its own during the Winter, and with our special offers running from October to March, we hope you will find the time to experience all it has to offer.

See our Special Offers page for more details, or get in touch.