Manchester United and the RSC take Manhattan

27 July 2011

Richard Katz, Jonjo O'Neill and Dyfan Dwyfor and Manchester United player Michael Owen and Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson

Two of Britain's leading ensembles - the Royal Shakespeare Company and Manchester United got together against Manhattans skyline in New Jersey to mark their time in New York and their Olympic associations. It is one year to go until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin, Old Trafford hosts one of the preliminary games in the Olympic football tournament in 2012 and the RSC is leading The World Shakespeare Festival, part of London 2012 Festival for the Cultural Olympiad.

RSC actors, who are part of the companys six week residency in New York - Richard Katz, Jonjo O'Neill and Dyfan Dwyfor met Manchester United player Michael Owen and Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson on the eve of Manchester United's win 4-0 win over the MLS All Stars in New York last night. (Photos of actors with Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Owen available from www.epo-online.com).

Sir Alan Collins, British Consul-General said 'Shakespeare and football are among Britain's most famous exports, to have two of the best representatives – Manchester United and the Royal Shakespeare Company here is a real treat. This time next year the greatest show on earth will come to the UK, not just to our capital, but all regions including Manchester and Stratford Upon Avon. From football to festivals it will be a great time to visit and enjoy the highest quality sport and culture. We are ready to welcome everybody.'

The actors Dfyan Dwyfor, Jonjo O'Neill and Richard Katz are all Manchester United fans and thrilled about meeting their heroes in New York. Dyfan Dwyfor (currently playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Silvius in As You Like It and Dromio in The Comedy of Errors) said:

'Old Trafford is also called The Theatre of Dreams, and I can‟t quite believe that this summer I‟m performing Shakespeare to appreciative New York audiences, but that I am also fulfilling my dream of meeting members of the Man United squad.'

Editors Notes

Jonjo O'Neill is playing Orlando in As You Like It, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Dromio in The Comedy of Errors and Richard Katz is Touchstone in As You Like It and Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is in the middle of a six week residency in New York, presented by Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in association with The Ohio State University. For the first time in its history of visiting the United States, the RSC is performing five of Shakespeare's plays in repertoire – As You Like It, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale – as well as two Young People's Shakespeares – The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet. There are 44 performances performed by 41 actors on a full-scale recreation of the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre built inside the Armory's soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The season is led by the RSC's Artistic DirectorMichael Boyd and the season has been described by the New York Times as 'unquestionably the theatrical event of the New York summer'.

Manchester United are in New York to play against the MLS Allstars at the Red Bull stadium in Harrison, New Jersey on 27 July.

For further information about the RSC please contact Nada Zakula in the RSC press office on nada.zakula@rsc.org.uk

For further information about the British Consulate-General contact Press Officer Patricia Summers at Patricia.summers@fco.gov.uk

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