Roundhouse partnership

2 December 2010

'It is an extraordinary space, with an aesthetic and ethos that matches our own'

RSC announces five year partnership with the Roundhouse from 2012

In the week the RSC opens its eight-play Shakespeare repertoire at the Roundhouse, the Company is delighted to announce a five year plan to present an annual season of work at this iconic London venue, beginning in 2012.

The RSC has twice now constructed the 'Roundyard', a replica of its Courtyard Theatre auditorium in Stratford-upon-Avon which wraps the audience round the action, within the central columns of the Roundhouse. The award-winning Histories season at the Roundhouse in spring 2008 was one of the company's most successful in London with 99% attendance across the run. The current RSC season has the highest Box Office advance ever taken at the Roundhouse. The eight-play Shakespeare season also includes an extensive programme of education projects and work with young people, much of which has been developed in partnership with the Roundhouse.

The RSC will also continue its successful relationship with Delfont Mackintosh Theatres (which began in 2005 with seasons of work at the Novello Theatre) and is in discussions about presenting RSC productions in London in 2011 and onwards. In addition the RSC has been pleased to work closely with other West End producers in recent years such as the Ambassador Theatre Group, Thelma Holt Ltd, Nimax Theatres, the Really Useful Group and Bill Kenwright Ltd and with theatres such as Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre and Wilton's Music Hall.

Michael Boyd, RSC Artistic Director, said:
'We have loved being at the Roundhouse. It is an extraordinary space, with an aesthetic and ethos that matches our own. We are especially pleased that this new partnership means we can continue to offer London audiences an opportunity to experience our work as it's seen in our Stratford home: on a thrust stage, bringing them so much closer to the action, and in a building which echoes our desire to bring together the intimate and epic.'

Marcus Davey, Chief Executive, Roundhouse, said:
'We're delighted to be announcing an ongoing relationship between the RSC and the Roundhouse, and I'm particularly pleased that we'll be continuing to work together on projects that meet our shared commitment in engaging 11-25s in excellent artistic activities, from participation to presentation.'

Vikki Heywood, RSC Executive Director, said:
'This continued partnership with the Roundhouse allows us a really valuable period of certainty in a space which has suited us so well. The Roundhouse is a fantastic venue and one which our audiences have found to be a great space for Shakespeare.'

'The agreement also means we can build on our highly successful collaboration with the Roundhouse to create more opportunities for children and young people to take part in an exciting range of projects, workshops, events and performances. This season we have developed and recorded radio plays on Roundhouse Radio, worked with spoken word artists exploring the links between hip-hop and Shakespeare and developed projects with young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. All of which explore Shakespeare's place in the lives of young people today. We look forward to continuing our work with the Roundhouse and ensuring more children and young people get access to high quality cultural experiences.

'We also remain in close producing and presenting relationships with many and varied London producers and theatres and are delighted that we continue to benefit from the success of Les Miserables, produced by Cameron Mackintosh. These enable us to continue to forge creative and inspiring partnerships which benefit our London audiences.'

Notes to Editors:

- The RSC Roundhouse season runs from 30 November 2010 – 5 February 2011 with the following productions playing in repertoire:

Romeo and Juliet, directed by Rupert Goold
Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Michael Boyd
The Winter's Tale directed by David Farr
Julius Caesar, directed by Lucy Bailey
As You Like It, directed by Michael Boyd
King Lear, directed by David Farr
Young People's Shakespeare productions of Hamlet, directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Paul Hunter, in association with Told by An Idiot.

- The RSC's £5 ticket offer for 16-25 year olds continues throughout the season at the Roundhouse.

- The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation.

- RSC London Education Partner

The Nomura Charitable Trust is a grant giving organisation funded by Nomura International plc and its employees. The Trust was established in 2009 to support charitable activities and to build philanthropic giving. The Trust makes grants to employee suggested organisations in the UK and the Middle East.

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