RSC exhibition highlights spring and summer 2012

9 February 2012

A look ahead at forthcoming exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company during spring and summer 2012

The Royal Shakespeare Company is presenting an exciting programme of exhibitions in Stratford-upon-Avon during spring and summer 2012 as part of the World Shakespeare Festival (WSF).

Working in partnership with leading UK and international artists across different forms and making use of spaces within the RSC building and beyond as a platform for play and creativity, this eclectic programme focuses on informal learning and participation for all audiences.

Stan's Cafe - Of All The People In All The World
PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
14 April to 31 July
Provocative Birmingham based theatre company Stan's Cafe is bringing 989 kg of rice to the RSC, a grain for everyone in the country. An array of statistics will be weighed out in rice and arranged in labelled piles by a team of auditors, as markers of real time events, news and performances as they happen during the World Shakespeare Festival. This is a rare UK performance of a show that's captivated audiences around the world.

Squidsoup – Living Walls
Royal Shakespeare Theatre colonnade and relic wall
21 April to 9 September
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre comes alive with dynamic digital wallpaper made up of patterns, animated texts and quotes from Shakespearean characters. Commissioned specially for the World Shakespeare Festival, this will be an exciting, interactive encounter for visitors as patterns, shapes and words react and change to the actions of passers-by with often playful results.

Squidsoup is an international group of artists, researchers and designers whose work combines sound, physical space and virtual worlds to produce immersive and emotive digital experiences.

Shakespeare's Stories
Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties
21 April to 31 December
As part of the World Shakespeare Festival, the RSC presents What Country Friends Is This? – The Shipwreck Trilogy, a series of plays exploring the themes of home and migration, journey and exile.

Using objects from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and RSC collections, as well as items loaned from the British Museum, Shakespeare's Stories will through the work of international storyteller Jan Blake, explore these themes in a global context.

The exhibition will be based across three venues in Stratford-upon-Avon: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Halls Croft and the Shakespeare Centre.

The House of Fairytales - Adventure of the Missing Manuscript
Swan Room and RSC gardens
Throughout summer 2012
The House of Fairy Tales invites you to take part in a magical adventure trail around Stratford-upon-Avon, journeying through the life of William Shakespeare and his plays to help solve the mystery of the “missing manuscript”.

Established by the artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk, The House of Fairytales is a child-centred, artist-led project which creates magical parallel worlds where learning is play and play is directed learning.


Bompas and Parr - The Waft that Woos
PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
From October 2012
Critically acclaimed culinary artists Bompas and Parr have collaborated with Heston Blumenthal to design jellies, built a chocolate waterfall flowing at 12,000 litres an hour, and flooded the roof of Selfridges to create a boating lake above Europe's busiest shopping street.

For the RSC they are creating a mirror maze which will be navigated by nose, following the scent of “the only aphrodisiac known to mankind”! An aromatic adventure inspired by The Merry Wives of Windsor, a new RSC production performing as part of the winter 2012 season.


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Visiting the RSC

The RSC is continually expanding the range and scope of activities that visitors to its building can experience. By opening up the creative process, the RSC invites all people to enjoy and participate in the Company's unique approach to theatre.

As well as watching a play or viewing an exhibition, people coming to the RSC can take a trip up the Tower, go on a backstage tour, visit the shop and enjoy live music and comedy.

There are also four beautiful and distinctive theatre bars where visitors can relax with a drink; and the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar serves up the best in contemporary, British cooking.

The World Shakespeare Festival

The World Shakespeare Festival (WSF) is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare's Globe.

Thousands of artists from around the world will take part in almost 70 productions, plus supporting events and exhibitions, right across the UK, including London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle/Gateshead, Birmingham, Wales and Scotland and online.

It runs from 23 April to November 2012 and forms part of London 2012 Festival, which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, bringing leading artists from all over the world together in a UK-wide festival in the summer of 2012.

The World Shakespeare Festival is supported by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, by Arts Council England and by BP, as Founding Presenting Partner.

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