Spring Mischief, The Complete works of Shakespeare & Before Shakespeare…

We are currently in the middle of a few busy weeks, with Easter, followed by Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations followed by the May Bank Holiday bringing the Stratford Festival of Motoring - it is all go in Stratford.

The Spring Mischief festival is set to take place in The Other Place from the 24th May till 17th June. After a 12-month building project, the new Other Place opened on 21 March 2016. 

Originally built in 1973, The Other Place was home to the RSC’s developmental and new work, housing many landmark productions with RSC alumni such as Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, and research and development of major productions such as Les Miserables and Matilda, The Musical.  The theatre closed in 2006 to make way for the temporary Courtyard Theatre, where the RSC performed during the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres.

It includes a 200-seat flexible studio theatre, built within the external steel structure of The Courtyard Theatre, two new rehearsal rooms, and a new home for the RSC’s 40,000 piece Costume Store, giving people access to the Store for the first time via a new theatre tour. A new café bar is open throughout the year.

The month-long festival of new work features two new plays, exploring questions of responsibility and endeavour in our society, plus a series of talks and an opportunity to see our research and development works in progress. Led by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, the festival will include:

  • Two new plays, The Earthworks by Tom Morton-Smith, directed by Erica Whyman. And Myth by Matt Hartley and Kirsty Housley. From an original idea by Kirsty Housley and directed by Kirsty Housley. 
  • Two Research & Development Work-in progress sharings: Busking It and #WeAreArrested
  • Two conversations providing a deeper investigation into the themes of the festival: Our Climate Crisis and Power Play
  • Post show talks and writer and director talks

More details on the RSC website, prices look very reasonable so why not take a look, you never know - you might even get to see the future Judi Dench or Ian McKcKellen.

Also this spring sees The Complete Works of Shakespeare By Jess Borgeson, Daniel Singer and Adam Long come to the wonderful Attic Theatre. Just the other side of the footbridge The Attic is a wonderful “fringe” theatre and this year they are bringing this fast-paced roller coaster of a show. It is anything but dull as you groove to the Othello Rap, indulge in Titus Andronicus – The Cooking Show, and try to keep up with Hamlet backwards. 37 Plays, 154 sonnets, 3 men performed in 97 minutes, a not to be missed production suitable for all haters and lovers of the Bard.

The Summer sees the return for the RSC outdoor theatre, The Dell Avon, The Dell will play host to a range of lively student, community and semi-professional productions.  Performances kick off on Saturday 3 June, and continue until Sunday 27 August. A great little add on to a stay you might already have booked.

Finally I’d like to introduce you all to a new website I have been introduced to by one of our guests. Before Shakespeare It's a project about the world Shakespeare moved to when he went to London, asking how and why playhouses happened. I thought it might interest some of our readers so I hope you enjoy.

That is all from Avonlea this time hopefully I will be in touch again soon. Spring and summer at Avonlea is filling up fast so click though to our site to contact us to make a booking, we look forward to welcome many of you to Stratford soon.

Rob 

Spring Mischief, The Complete works of Shakespeare & Before Shakespeare…

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