The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that six productions will transfer to London as part of its continuing artistic programme throughout Autumn/Winter 2016.
Following on from the four Shakespeare history plays King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings which started off at the Barbican earlier this year, the RSC’s season in London will continue with the touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation visiting the venue for a week of performances in May.
This will then be continued with six other productions set to arrive in London during the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death – including two shows that are currently running at the Swan Theatre.
The Alchemist and Doctor Faustus will transfer to the Barbican Theatre from September for a four week running, running in repertoire until the 1st October, featuring the same cast as appearing in the Stratford-Upon-Avon runs of the productions.
These productions will then be followed by Cymbeline (31st October-22nd December) and King Lear (10th November- 23rd December), both productions arriving directly from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for eight weeks.
It was also confirmed today that along with the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado about Nothing (or Love’s Labour’s Won) will transfer to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 9th December, after appearing at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Speaking about the news, Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director said today; “I am thrilled that we are able to share so much of our work with audiences in London this year, with a total of twelve productions playing at the Barbican and the West End.”