Public booking opens for the World Shakespeare Festival

10 October 2011

On Monday 10 October, over a million tickets will go on public sale for the World Shakespeare Festival. Public booking opens with £1.4million worth of tickets already sold to Royal Shakespeare Company members.

Tickets will be available for close to 70 productions, as well as events and exhibitions across the UK, including London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle/Gateshead, Birmingham, Brighton, Wales and Scotland, as well as online.

The Festival brings together productions from a hugely diverse array of countries, including Brazil, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Spain, as well as enabling thousands of students and teachers from countries such as China, Czech Republic, India, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam to take part through international collaborations, conferences and learning events.

Valery Shadrin, General Director of Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Russia, said of their involvement: 'Being a part of the World Shakespeare Festival is a great opportunity to pay a tribute of admiration to the genius of world theatre and take a dive into Shakespeare's heritage, which has been feeding performing arts projects across the globe with new creative ideas and approaches for over 400 years.'

In the words of The Wooster Group, USA: 'This is an Olympic undertaking. Let the Games begin!'

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. 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 BP, as Founding Presenting Partner, and by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit the World Shakespeare Festival website: www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk

For further press information and images, please contact World Shakespeare Festival Communications Officer Elsie King

E: Elsie.King@rsc.org.uk or T: 01789 272417

or

Royal Shakespeare Company Head of Press Philippa Harland

E: Philippa.Harland@rsc.org.uk or T: 020 7845 0512

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