Troilus and Cressida update

20 April 2012

World Shakespeare Festival Update - Friday 20 April 2012

Troilus and Cresssida

The Wooster Group/RSC project update

Troilus and Cressida – a co-production of Shakespeare's epic Trojan play between The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company and commissioned especially for the World Shakespeare Festival – has made a change to its creative team.

The project was to be co-directed by Elizabeth LeCompte (for the Wooster Group) and Rupert Goold (RSC Associate Director and Artistic Director of Headlong) with an Anglo-American company of actors. Due to unforeseen changes in the timing of Rupert's planned film being made in the USA, he has handed the reins over to the renowned playwright and RSC Writer in Residence Mark Ravenhill who will now be directing the project for the RSC and has already started developing the work with the Wooster Group in New York.

This production of Shakespeare's play about love, war and politics will be a groundbreaking, multi- media collaboration including Elizabeth LeCompte's experimental and innovative style as co founder of the Wooster Group, and Mark Ravenhill's iconoclastic and provocative take on classical theatre.

Mark Ravenhill said today:

'Troilus and Cressida is a play about the collision of two cultures – the Greeks and the Trojans. So it's exciting to reimagine the play with two companies whose histories are as divergent as The Wooster Group and the RSC.'

Elizabeth LeCompte added:

'Our thanks to Rupert Goold for launching this project with us. And, we look forward to collaborating with Mark Ravenhill on the completion of Troilus and Cressida this summer.'

Deborah Shaw, Director of the World Shakespeare Festival said:

'This project was originally conceived as a meeting of two bold, different aesthetics – the actor-focused, text-based rigour of the RSC and the conceptual multi-media wizardry of the Wooster Group.

'We are disappointed to lose Rupert, but really thrilled that the project is able to continue in such an exciting way; as an explosive meeting of minds between two visionaries of contemporary theatre – Mark Ravenhill and Elizabeth LeCompte. It will be a must-see collaboration in the World Shakespeare Festival.'

The production is designed by Laura Hopkins and runs form 3- 18 August at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The press night is Wednesday 8 August, 7pm.

It will continue its run at the Riverside Studios, London.

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Notes to Editors:

  • 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. It runs from 12 April to November 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.

For further details visit the World Shakespeare Festival website.

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.

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