Tag Archives: RSC Stratford

Duchess of Malfi

John Webster’s play ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ opens at the RSC on March 1st in the Swan Theatre.

Webster was born 16 years after Shakespeare.  You may remember him from the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ portrayed as the young street urchin who enjoys feeding live mice to cats.

The characters in Webster’s plays tend to meet rather gruesome ends and in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, two corrupt brothers take revenge on their sister for marrying below her class.  The play is full of grotesque violence, toxic masculinity and dark humour.

Directed by Maria Aberg and starring Joan Iyiola as the Duchess, the play runs until August 3rd.

Ambleside Guest House is just a few minutes’ walk from the RSC.  Click here to view our rooms.

Life of Gallileo RSC Stratford on Avon

10% DISCOUNT for RSC ticket holders, stay at www.virginialodge.co.uk

Tim from Virginia Lodge Guest house (me) went to the RSC to see this play & whilst its not a Shakespeare play it had a great story & the acting was very good.

Arguably Brecht’s greatest play, The Life of Galileo charts the
seventeenth century scientist’s extraordinary fight with the church over
his assertion that the earth orbits the sun. Brecht beautifully
captures the explosive struggle between scientific discovery and
religious fundamentalism.

There are interesting parralels with modern life, where religious belief frequently overtakes logic,scientific knowledge & common sense.

Good play to see & whilst in Stratford stay at www.virginialodge.co.uk

Reviews: The Merry Wives of Windsor

With just over a month left of its run, the reviews are in for the Merry Wives of Windsor at the RSC Stratford.

Charles Spencer at the Telegraph praises this play which he says critics tend to be ‘a bit snooty’ about, and commends the current production. Comparing Philip Breen’s modern-dress production to “such TV classics as Fawlty Towers and The Good Life”, the play is, he says, “delightful”.

The Guardian describes the cast as “exceptionally strong”, and all the reviewers seem agreed in praising Desmond Barrit’s Falstaff – the Independent describes his performance as “splendid”. The supporting cast is in for praise too, with John Ramm’s Ford in for particular praise.

The play runs until January 12th, and it’s not too late to get your tickets on the RSC website.

And don’t forget, Virginia Lodge offers discounts on bed and breakfast for RSC ticket-holders. So why not visit Stratford for some “side-splitting” comedy to blow away the January blues?

  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/nov/02/the-merry-wives-of-windsor-review
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/9651936/The-Merry-Wives-of-Windsor-Royal-Shakespeare-Theatre-Stratford-upon-Avon-review.html
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-merry-wives-of-windsor-royal-shakespeare-theatre-stratforduponavon-8277119.html