Directors include Rupert Goold, Emma Rice, Tinuke Craig, Emily Burns, Blanche McIntyre, Justin Martin, Stephen Daldry, Tim Carroll, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Tamara Harvey, Daniel Raggett, Kimberley Rampersad, Holly Race Roughan, Brendan O’Hea, Vyacheslav Yehorov, Diyan Zora
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon has announced its new 2024 / 2025 season.
It is the first season for the RSC’s new co-artistic directors, Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey, who were announced way back in September 2022, and started in their posts in Summer 2023.
The new season will also put accessibility front-and-centre, with a summer season at The Holloway Garden Theatre presenting bite-sized Shakespeare for all ages, plus workshops and events; and a new ticket initiative, providing 25,000 tickets at £25 or less across the season in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Highlights of the new season include:
Bridgerton’s Luke Thompson (A Little Life) stars as Berowne in a new modern production of Love’s Labour’s Lost (from 11 April 2024) directed by Emily Burns.
The production also stars Melanie-Joyce Bermudez, Ioanna Kimbook, and Rilwan Abiola Owokoniran; and the creative team also includes Design by Joanna Scotcher, Lighting design by Neil Austin, Music by Paul Englishby, Sound design by George Dennis, Choreography by Shelley Maxwell, Voice and Text by Jeannette Nelson, and Casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.
Wise Children’s artistic director Emma Rice is going to direct a stage adaptation of The Buddha of Suburbia (from 18 April 2024) in the Swan Theatre, adapted by the book’s author Hanif Kureishi. The show will star Dee Ahluwalia as Karim and Ankur Bah as Haroon.
Set design is by Rachana Jadhav, Costume design by Vicki Mortimer, Sound and video design by Simon Baker, Lighting design by Jai Morjaria, Music by Niraj Chag, Choreography by Etta Murfitt, Fights by Kev McCurdy, and Casting Matt Dewsbury.
Pulitzer Prize-winning play English (from 9 May 2024) by Sanaz Toossi is set to premiere at the RSC’s The Other Palace before heading to the Kiln Theatre, directed by Diyan Zora. The play will star Nadia Albina (Marjan), Lanna Joffrey (Roya), Sara Hazemi (Goli) and Serena Manteghi (Elham), and the creative team also incudes design by Anisha Fields, Sound by George Dennis, Movement by Maria Tarokh, and Casting by Lotte Hines CDG.
English will also run at the Kiln Theatre in London from 5 to 29 June 2024.
A new production of The Merry Wives of Windsor (from 5 June 2024) will play in Stratford-upon-Avon starring Samantha Spiro (Hello, Dolly!), and directed by Blanche McIntyre. Design is by Robert Innes Hopkins, with Lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, Music by Tim Sutton, Sound by Emma Laxton, Movement by Ingrid Mackinnon, Fights by Philip D’Orléans and Casting by Matt Dewsbury CDG.
The Uzhhorod Theatre Company from Ukraine will perform a compelling new production of King Lear (from 15 June 2024) in The Other Palace, adapted and directed by Vyacheslav Yehorov.
Political thriller Kyoto (from 18 June 2024) about the Kyoto climate change protocol will play the RSC, written by Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, co-directed by Justin Martin and Stephen Daldry, and co-produced with Good Chance Theatre.
In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre there will be a revival of Sheridan’s The School for Scandal (from 2 July 2024), directed by Tinuke Craig.The show will be designed by Alex Lowde, with Dramaturgy by Jude Christian, and Casting by Matt Dewsbury CDG.
An edited, 80 minute version of As You Like It (from 18 July 2024) will play in the Holloway Garden Theatre in the Swan Gardens, directed by Brendan O’Hea.
A new production of Pericles (from 26 July 2024) in the Swan Theatre starring Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away With Murder) will be directed by RSC co-artistic director Tamara Harvey.
The Set designer will be by Jonathan Fensom, Costume design by Kinnetia Isidore, Lighting design by Ryan Day, Music by Claire Van Kampen, Movement by Annie Deakin-Foster, Casting by Matt Dewsbury CDG.
Northern Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet (from 19 September 2024) is coming to the main stage of the RSC, adapted by Christopher Gable and Massimo Moricone, with music by Sergei Prokofiev.
From October 2024 to March 2025, with dates to be confirmed are:
The New Real by David Edgar, in association with Headlong, will run in Autumn 2024 in The Other Place, directed by Holly Race Roughan and designed by Alex Lowde.
A new production of Othello will be directed by Tim Carroll and star John Douglas Thompson s Othello, plus Will Keen as Iago and Juliet Rylance as Desdemona.
Classic fairytale The Red Shoes, famously turned into a movie by Powell and Pressburger, gets a new Christmas production in the Swan Theatre, directed by Kimberley Rampersad in a new version by Nancy Harris. Design will be by Colin Richmond and music by Marc Teitler.
A Christmas production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will round off the year, directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah and designed by James Cotterill.
Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II is also going to play at the RSC, starring the RSC’s co-artistic director Daniel Evans (Sunday in the Park With George), in a major return to the stage, directed by Daniel Raggett and designed by Leslie Travers.
Finally, a new production of Hamlet will be directed by Rupert Goold, starring Luke Thallon (Cold War, Leopoldstadt).
RSC shows currently playing in London and the West End are the RSC’s acclaimed production of My Neighbour Totoro, at the Barbican Theatre until 23 March 2024; the new stage adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s best-seller Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre 17 February 2023; queer drama Cowbois at the Royal Court Theatre until 10 February 2024; and long-running West End show Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, which is currently booking to 15 December 2024.
What They Said
Co-Artistic Directors of the RSC, Tamara Harvey and Daniel Evans, said in a statement: “We begin our chapter at the RSC by announcing a whole year’s worth of shows – seventeen in total, across four stages. With this, our first season, we want to throw open the doors in every sense, collaborating with artists from across the globe on all of our stages, and ensuring we can welcome as many people as possible with a brand-new ticket initiative of 25,000 tickets across the season at £25 or less. Our house playwright sits at the core of our season, with eight new productions across our theatres. The timeless, protean nature of Shakespeare’s writing offers an exciting canvas for artists – and we’re excited to be renewing collaborations with so many of them, as well as inviting myriad others to make their RSC debuts. We will also host Northern Ballet for the first time with their imagining of Romeo & Juliet and Ukraine’s Uzhhorod Theatre with King Lear, both bringing their own unique take on Shakespeare’s stories. Shakespeare stands alongside a play by Christopher Marlowe, his contemporary, and a raft of new work by some of our most creative contemporary storytellers – Emma Rice and Hanif Kureishi, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, Sanaz Toossi, Nancy Harris and David Edgar, bringing first-time partnerships with Wise Children, Headlong, Good Chance and Kiln Theatre. This season marks the beginning of a new era for the RSC. We hope you will join us.”