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A Mad World My Masters at the Barbican theatre

April 13, 2015 

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Mad World My Masters plays the Barbican theatre this Spring

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Following a 2013 hit run in Stratford Upon Avon and successful national tour, the RSC’s A Mad World My Masters is to play a strictly limited run from 29 April 2015 until 9 May 2015 at the Barbican theatre.

Transported to the seedy surroundings of 1950’s Soho, Sean Foley’s uproarious update of this lesser-known play features a live 1950s-style band and post-war setting yet retains all the biting satire of the Jacobean original.

CAST

Joe Bannister, Ellie Beaven, Ishia Bennison, Christopher Chilton, Ben Deery, Linda John-Pierre, Dennis Herdman, Pearl Mackie, Lois Meleri-Jones, Lee Mengo, Michael Moreland, Nicholas Prasad, Sarah Quist, Ian Redford, Sarah Ridgeway, David Rubin, Bertie Taylor-Smith, Jonny Weldon, Thomas Allan, Candida Caldicot, Ayse Osman, Tom Peverelle, Ellie Smith

CREATIVE

English Touring Theatre presents the Royal Shakespeare Company production of A MAD WORLD MY MASTERS By Thomas Middleton. Edited by Sean Foley and Phil Porter. Directed by Sean Foley. Design by Alice Power.

STORY

London, Soho..1956. Where glamour rubs up against filth, and likes it, where the posh mix with musicians, whores and racheteers; where virginity is no city trade and where a dashingly impecunious bachelor in need of quick cash and a good time has to live on his wits.

Turning con-man to fool his rich uncle, he variously becomes a lord, a high class call girl, and – God forbid – a poor actor. But a beautiful Soho tart is also on the scam; a whore to some, a religious instructor to others, and a debutante in need of an eligible bachelor to yet more.

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The RSC’s Death of a Salesman transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre

April 10, 2015 

The RSC production of Arthur Miller’s American classic Death of a Salesman is to transfer the Noel Coward Theatre

Following its acclaimed run in Stratford Upon Avon, the RSC’s production of Arthur Miller’s American classic Death Of A Salesman is to transfer to the West End’s Noel Coward theatre for a strictly limited run from 9 May 2015 until 30 June 2015.

Considered to be the greatest American tragedy ever written, this production of Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman is timed to celebrate the centenary of Miller’s birth.  Miller’s other great play A View from the Bridge starring Mark Strong and Nicola Walker is currently (until 11 Apr) wowing audiences in the West End.

The full Stratford Upon Avon cast will reprise their roles with Antony Sher and Alex Hassel playing Willy Loman and his son Biff, with award winning actress Harriet Walter playing Linda Loman.

Death of a Salesman joins 3 other RSC productions in the London’s West End this spring including:

  •  A Mad World My Masters, which will play at the Barbican for two weeks from 29 April 2015 – 30 May 2015
  • Tom Morton-Smith’s new play Oppenheimer, which is currently playing at the Vaudeville theatre until 23 May 2015
  • Matilda The Musical, which continues to play to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre

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Death of a Salesman at the Noel Coward Theatre

April 10, 2015 

The RSC production of Arthur Miller’s American classic Death of a Salesman at to the Noel Coward Theatre

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Following their acclaimed performances in Stratford Upon Avon, the RSC’s production of Arthur Miller’s American classic Death Of A Salesman transfers to the West End’s Noel Coward theatre for a strictly limited run from 9 May 2015 until 30 June 2015.

Considered to be the greatest American tragedy ever written, this production of Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman is timed to celebrate the centenary of Miller’s birth.

The full Stratford Upon Avon cast will reprise their roles with Antony Sher and Alex Hassel playing Willy Loman and his son Biff, with award winning actress Harriet Walter playing Linda Loman.

CAST

Antony Sher and Alex Hassell play 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.

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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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.

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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

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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

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