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Production photos: Death of a Salesman

April 1, 2015 

Production photos of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Death of a Salesman in Stratford UponAvon.

First look at the production photos of the RSC’s  Death of a Salesman which is currently playing at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon until 2 May 2015.

The production, which celebrates the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth is directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran with Antony Sher and Alex Hassell playing Willy Loman and his son Biff.  Joining Antony and Alex  are Tobias Beer as Howard Wagner, Paul Birchard as Older Waiter, Helen Grady -as Jenny, Ross Green as Stanley, Emma King as Miss Forsyth, Sam Marks as Happy Loman, Miranda Nolan as Letta, Sarah Parks as The Woman, Guy Paul as Uncle Ben, Joshua Richards as Charley, Brodie Ross as Bernard and Harriet Walter as Linda Loman.

Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman is considered to be the greatest American tragedy ever written.

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STORY

In the land of the free, each man is in charge of his own destiny. Willy Loman knows and cherishes this truth. After a life of honest hard work, it’s Willy’s birthright to retire with his loving wife and watch his two athletic, handsome sons continue his legacy.

Yet as old age begins to take hold and retirement beckons, Willy’s dream seems further away than ever. Decades of graft have somehow failed to translate into wealth and his eldest son refuses to follow the path his father has chosen for him. As actions buried in his past re-surface, Willy struggles to reconcile his long cherished dream with the life he has actually lived.

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Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre

March 3, 2015 

The RSC’s critically acclaimed Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC’s Oppenheimer transfers to London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited 8 week season from 27 March 2015 until 23 May 2015.

Directed by Angus Jackson with John Heffernan taking the role of Oppenheimer, Tom Morton-Smith’s new play takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project to reveal the personal cost of making history.

STORY

1939: fascism spreads across Europe, Franco marches on Barcelona and two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognise the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe. The ambitious and charismatic J Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history.
Determined to cast off his radical past and struggling with tempestuous relationships with his colleagues, wife and mistress, Oppenheimer finds himself thrust into a position of power, racing to create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War, but to all war.

CAST

John Heffernan is to reprise the role of Oppenheimer with further casting to be announced.

CREATIVE

Oppenheimer is directed by Angus Jackson with scenic design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ Guardian ‘Fascinating… Tom morton-smith’s massively impressive play… Outstanding performances’
★★★★★ Daily Telegraph ‘Morton-smith’s play is packed with fascinating nuggets and bristling ideas’
★★★★ Evening Standard ‘Snappy and inventive production from director Angus Jackson’
★★★★ Independent ‘Immaculately acted, an absorbing and gripping evening’
★★★★ Sunday Times ‘John Heffernan is riveting… Catherine Steadman is superb’

Reviews are from RSC’s Stratford Production

Oppenheimer transfers to the West End

February 28, 2015 

Tom Morton-Smith’s new play Oppenheimer transfers into the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre

Oppenheimer at RSC Stratford

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC is to capitalise on the early closure of Di and Viv and Rose with a transfer of Oppenheimer into London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Commissioned by the RSC, Morton-Smith’s epic and thrilling new play tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ J.Robert Oppenheimer, taking us into the heart of the Manhattan Project and revealing the personal cost of making history.

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, said: “I am so pleased that Tom’s wonderful play can be seen by London audiences. The epic nature of the subject and the broad sweep of the narrative is something we have always encouraged in our commissioned new work. This is a direct legacy of Shakespeare, who, of course, was once a ‘new writer’ himself.”

Full casting is yet to be confirmed, however John Heffernan will reprise the role of Oppenheimer and it is expected that most of the cast will return for the West End production.

The creative team behind Oppenheimer include playwright Tom Morton-Smith, with direction by Angus Jackson, scenic design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.

Oppenheimer plays for a strictly limited 8 week season from 27 March 2015 until 23 May 2015.

STORY

1939: fascism spreads across Europe, Franco marches on Barcelona and two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognise the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe. The ambitious and charismatic J Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history.

Determined to cast off his radical past and struggling with tempestuous relationships with his colleagues, wife and mistress, Oppenheimer finds himself thrust into a position of power, racing to create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War, but to all war.

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The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

November 17, 2014 

The RSC presents Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

Polly Findlay directs Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice as part of the RSC’s summer season in Stratford.

Death of a Salesman at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

November 17, 2014 

The RSC brings Arthur Miller’s American classic Death of a Salesman to the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford starring Antony Sher.

Following their acclaimed performances in Henry IV Parts I & II, acclaimed actors Antony Sher and Alex Hassell reunite to play Willy Loman and his son Biff in Arthur Miller’s American classic Death of a Salesman.

They are joined by award-winning actress Harriet Walter as Linda Loman.

Running from 2 April 2015 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the production is directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and timed to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Arthur Miller.

Royal Shakespeare Company – London and Stratford

September 5, 2014 

The Royal Shakespeare Company are one of the world’s most respected producers of classic drama, including Shakespeare’s plays.

From their home in Stratford-upon-Avon, they produce a continuous cycle of theatre in their Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre.

The RSC also transfer productions into the West End.

See listings below for RSC productions in London including Matilda The Musical, and a selection of shows playing at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

RSC launch Summer season 2015

September 3, 2014 

Royal Shakespeare Company announce their Summer 2015 season

RSCThe RSC has launched its next Summer season for 2015, with major productions including Death of a Salesman starring Antony Sher, Polly Findlay directing The Merchant of Venice and Trevor Nunn directing Henry Goodman in Volpone.

Death of a Salesman in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre will kick off the season, celebrating the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth and starring Antony Sher as Willy Loman and Alex Hassell as Biff, directed by Artistic Director, Gregory Doran.

A Venice season during the summer will pair The Merchant of Venice, directed by Polly Findlay, and Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan and starring Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Lucian Msamati Iago in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Three contemporary takes on classic plays will be performed in the Swan Theatre including Trevor Nunn directing Henry Goodman in Volpone by Ben Jonson, Justin Audibert directing The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe and Matthew Dunster directing Love’s Sacrifice by John Ford.

Also the RSC will produce A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation, working with 13 UK partner theatres, amateur theatre-makers and schoolchildren on a national tour to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

FULL RSC LISTINGS – SUMMER 2015

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE 26 March – 2 September 2015

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller, directed by Gregory Doran, with Antony Sher as Willy Loman
26 March – 2 May 2015

The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare, directed by Polly Findlay
14 May – 2 September 2015

Othello
by William Shakespeare, directed by Iqbal Khan, with Hugh Quarshie in the title role and Lucian Msamati as Iago
4 June – 28 August 2015

SWAN THEATRE 18 March – 12 September 2015

The Jew of Malta
by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Justin Audibert
18 March – 8 September 2015

Love’s Sacrifice
by John Ford, directed by Matthew Dunster
11 April – 24 June 2015

Volpone
by Ben Jonson, directed by Trevor Nunn, with Henry Goodman in the title role
3 July – 12 September 2015

LINKS

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Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

April 1, 2014 

Winner of 7 awards at the 2012 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, the RSC’s bold, enchanting and ingenious new production of Roald Dahl’’s Matilda is directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, with book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda is the captivating musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.

Winner of 7 Olivier Awards including Best musical, Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike. The record-breaking production continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre.

Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

Matilda The Musical opened at the Cambridge Theatre on 22 November 2011 (previews from 18 October 2011).

CAST

A fabulous cast includes Craige Els as Miss Trunchbull, James Clyde as Mr Wormwood, Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood, plus Matilda Shapland, Violet Tucker, Tasha Chapple and Lottie Sicilia sharing the role of Matilda.

THE STORY

Matilda follows the story of Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who loves to immerse herself in books. But Matilda is discarded and belittled by both her dimwitted parents — her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on about her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly – and her hostile headmistress, the wicked Miss Trunchbull. Matilda may be reclusive but she has an ever-growing imagination and very sharp mind, and with caring teacher Miss Honey Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “AN EVENING OF UNADULTERATED BLISS.” The Guardian
★★★★★ “UTTERLY EXHILARATING. Matthew Warchus’s colourful riot of a production achieves an even dizzier balance between gleeful, grotesque, fun and heart-tugging poignancy, brilliantly drilled dynamism and warm, unforced charm.” The Independent
★★★★★ “THE QUEST FOR A GREAT NEW MUSICAL IS OVER.” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “Smart, quirky and sublimely good fun. A moving and subtle spectacle which will have kids in stitches and adults in tears. It is guaranteed to delight anyone who’s ever been a child.
I can’t wait to see it again.” Time Out
★★★★★ “An absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve. Irresistible and ingenious.” Daily Express
★★★★★ “HILARIOUS, MOVING, GLORIOUS. Matthew Warchus’s thrilling, warm-hearted production, exuberantly designed by Rob Howell, with pin-sharp choreography by Peter Darling, combines comedy with a sense of wonder. This show indeed has something miraculous about it.” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “GIDDILY ENJOYABLE. Roars of approval shake the theatre.” Sunday Express

WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES: Tickets go on sale for London production

March 10, 2014 

Tickets have gone on sale for the RSC’s acclaimed productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

The two plays will run at the Aldwych Theatre in London from 1 May to 6 September 2014.

Based on Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which play in two separate parts, have been a huge commercial and critical success for the RSC in Stratford, and now transfer to London for a strictly limited season.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House), the dramas have been adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton.

The cast includes Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Lucy Briers as Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, Oscar Pearce as George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Madeleine Hyland as Lady in Waiting, and Leah Brotherhead as Jane Seymour.

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The RSC’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies

January 31, 2014 

Following sell-out audiences in Stratford, the RSC’s new versions of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies transfers to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre.

Running from 1 May to 6 September 2014, the new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will play in two parts in the West End.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House – National Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare’s Globe), the dramas are adapted for the stage in two parts by Mike Poulton.

The cast includes Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, Lucy Briers as Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, Oscar Pearce as George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII, Madeleine Hyland as Lady in Waiting, and Leah Brotherhead as Jane Seymour.

WOLF HALL

Wolf Hall is set in England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost 20 years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment. With every month that passes without progress the King’s anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell – a one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father, who sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda.
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BRING UP THE BODIES

In Bring Up The Bodies, 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.
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