Matilda The Musical – Now booking until 21 October 2012

Following a sensational sell-out season at The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC’s production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL has extended its booking period to 21 Oct 2012 at the Cambridge Theatre, London.

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly  and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Her parents think she is a nuisance and she thinks, quite rightly, they are only interested in watching telly. Life is not much better at school, where the monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull terrifies both students and teachers ALIKE. Then one day Matilda discovers she has a very special power and decides it’s time the grown-ups were taught a lesson. Be warned, the children are revolting…

Captioned performances: Thursday 12 April 7.30pm, Wednesday 13 June 7.30pm, Saturday 18 August 2.30pm, Sunday 21 October  2.30pm
Audio-described performances: Wednesday 21 March 2.30pm, Sunday 10 June 3pm, Thursday 30 August 7.30pm, Thursday 11 October 7.30pm

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre from 18 Oct 2011

Following a sensational sell-out season at The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC’s production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL transfers to London’s West End this October.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s new musical version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a triumph: enchanting, bold and ingenious’ The Evening Standard.

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly  and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Her parents think she is a nuisance and she thinks, quite rightly, they are only interested in watching telly. Life is not much better at school, where the monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull terrifies both students and teachers ALIKE. Then one day Matilda discovers she has a very special power and decides it’s time the grown-ups were taught a lesson. Be warned, the children are revolting…

MATILDA THE MUSICAL previews at the Cambridge Theatre from 18 October.

FIRST EVENT FOR RSC OPEN STAGES TO BE HELD IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND

The RSC’s flagship project engaging with amateur theatre – Open Stages – is holding its first Skills Exchange event this holiday weekend (Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May).  It is being hosted by The Questors Theatre in London, one of the regional partners in the project.  There are almost 300 amateur companies, groups, and societies from all over the UK are participating in the Open Stages project; each one producing their own Shakespeare, or Shakespeare themed, production in their own venue. 

The aim of the Open Stages Skills Exchanges is to share some of the skills and ideas of professional theatre with amateur actors, technicians, stage managers and directors, as well as allowing professional theatre practitioners to find out more about the work of those making theatre in the amateur sector.

This event, which is the first of ten to be held throughout the year and throughout the country and will be hosted by one of the country’s most successful amateur theatres, The Questors Theatre, at their venue in Ealing. The event will see professional practitioners from the RSC, (led by Open Stages producer Ian Wainwright, and the Drama College Rose Bruford) work together with over 270 amateur theatre-makers from all over London. Sessions will include amateur actors working with the same team of voice text and movement specialists as those who work with the RSC’s own professional actors when in rehearsal. Amateur directors will get a glimpse of life inside the rehearsal rooms of the RSC as they work with RSC ensemble actors and assistant director Justin Audibert. And amateur designers, stage managers and technicians will pick the brains of professional practitioners from the RSC and Rose Bruford College as well as sharing approaches to common problems.  What a great opportunity.

There will also be a chance for some amateur performers to be locked in combat led by professional Fight Directors as they wrestle with the skills of stage violence.

The following is the template for this event and will be mirrored by the events hosted throughout the year for Open Stages:

Note: Days run from 9.30am to 6.30pm.

The Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BQ
Saturday 30th April:  Performance skills including acting, movement, voice and text.

Sunday 1st May:  Non-performer’s skills including directing, design, stage management and lighting.

Monday 2nd May: Performance skills (as Saturday).

The following are dates for future Skills Exchanges dates for RSC Open Stages:

Contact Theatre, Manchester 
Sunday 8th May (for Performers) and Saturday 14th May (Non Performers)

Royal Shakespeare Company ,  Stratford-upon-Avon
Saturday 28th May (Performers), 29th May Performers and 30th May (Non Performers)

Hall for Cornwall
Saturday 11th June (Non Performers) and Sunday 12th June (Performers)

Nuffield Southampton
Saturday 12th June (Non-Performers) and Sunday 26th June (Performers)

Lyric Belfast
Saturday 2nd July (Performers) and Sunday 3rdth July (Non-performers)

New Wolsey Theatre
Saturday June 18th (Performers) and July 17th (Non-performers)

National Theatre Scotland
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July performer and non-performer days TBC

SAGE Gateshead
Sunday September 11th (Performers and Non-performers)

Sherman Cardiff
TBC

For further information, please visit: www.rsc.org.uk

Morte D’Arthur directed by Gregory Doran

Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte D’Arthur in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton. A new RSC commission directed by Gregory Doran.

Thomas Malory’s Morte D’Arthur tells ‘of the matter of England’. Written during the violent years of the Wars of the Roses, it reflects its time. The story of King Arthur’s attempt to unite his country, blends myth and magic, from the sword in the stone to the establishment of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail. It traces the adultery of Lancelot and Guinevere, and ultimately the death of the ‘once and future king’. It is an often surprising and unexpected version of the familiar story, and the first great telling of the cycle in the English language.

Mike Poulton’s new version workshopped and developed by the ensemble under the direction of Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran, brings the story to the RSC stage for the first time. Gregory’s most recent productions include Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet, which he has also directed for film to be broadcast on the BBC. His production of Twelfth Night transfers to London in December having opened at The Courtyard Theatre in October 2009. Mike Poulton’s last work for the RSC was his hugely popular 2005 adaptation of The Canterbury Tales.

Morte D’Arthur runs at The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 11 June to 28 August 2010.

Book tickets for Morte D’Arthur – Stratford Upon Avon at Courtyard Theatre!

Richard Wilson to Star in Twelfth Night

RSC London Production of Twelfth Night Opens at The Duke of York’s Theatre on the 19th December until 27th February.
 
Everyone is looking for love – some in impossible places. Some mourn the love they have lost. Some long for love they are refused. In Illyria love aches and madness rules.

RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran directs a company including Richard Wilson, joining the RSC for the first time to play Malvolio. An award-winning actor and director Richard’s recent stage appearances include Whipping It Up, Waiting for Godot and What the Butler Saw. In addition to his role as Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave, Richard’s other TV includes the BBC’s Merlin.

Book Tickets for Twelfth Night at Duke of York’s Theatre