West End transfers of 2012 World Shakespeare Festival productions

22 November 2011

Gregory Doran's Julius Caesar and Iqbal Khan's Much Ado About Nothing to transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre from August next year

SUPPORTED BY BP, FOUNDING PRESENTING PARTNER

As part of the World Shakespeare Festival for the London 2012 Festival, the RSC is presenting a number of productions including Julius Caesar, directed by RSC Chief Associate Director, Gregory Doran, and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Iqbal Khan.

These two shows both premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon during next summer in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Courtyard Theatre respectively. They will then transfer for straight runs, back to back, at Delfont Mackintosh's Noel Coward Theatre in London from late August through to October (dates to be announced). This London season is supported by BP, Founding Presenting Partner of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Doran's Julius Caesar finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa, and the cast will include Adjoa Andoh, Ray Fearon, Paterson Joseph, Jeffery Kissoon and Joseph Mydell. It will be designed by Michael Vale, with music by Akintayo Akinbode, lighting by Vince Herbert, sound by Jonathan Ruddick, and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

Iqbal Khan makes his RSC directorial debut with Much Ado, which will transpose Shakespeare's unsettling comedy of love and deceit to an Indian setting with Meera Syal in the leading role of Beatrice.

Vikki Heywood, RSC Executive Director, said: 'I am delighted that the RSC is able to bring these two productions to the West End during the summer of 2012, with the generous support of BP, Founding Presenting Partner of the World Shakespeare Festival. The productions will join our What Country Friends Is This? season at the Roundhouse, as part of our contribution to the World Shakespeare Festival, for London 2012 Festival. It's great to be working with Delfont Mackintosh once again and we look forward to a London summer full of Shakespeare.'

Sir Cameron Mackintosh said: 'We are delighted to be hosting the RSC's West End contribution to the World Shakespeare Festival for the Cultural Olympiad with these two exciting productions. Not only is it a pleasure to be continuing our long standing relationship with the RSC but, personally, I am delighted that Meera Syal in Much Ado is to play Beatrice and is also this year's Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre for my Chair at Oxford University.'

For further information, please contact philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk or 0207 845 0512.

For general enquiries about the World Shakespeare Festival, please contact elsie.king@rsc.org.uk or 01789 272417.

See www.rsc.org.uk and www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk for further details.

Social media: www.facebook.com/worldshakespearefestival and www.twitter.com/wsf2012

Twitter Hashtags: #RSCMuchAdo, #RSCJulius, #wsf2012

RSC Members priority booking opens in February 2012
Public booking opens in March 2012

NOTES TO EDITORS

- Julius Caesar runs at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 28 May – 7 July 2012

- Much Ado About Nothing runs at The Courtyard Theatre from 26 July – 15 Sept 2012

- The RSC last performed at the Noel Coward theatre (formerly the Albery Theatre) in 2004/5 with The Tragedies season including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Macbeth, followed by a production of Hecuba directed by Laurence Boswell with Vanessa Redgrave in the title role.

- 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.

About 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. 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 http://www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk/

About London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad

The World Shakespeare Festival is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from Midsummer's Day on 21 June and running until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK's world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival. For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit www.london2012.com/festival

About BP and its cultural support in the UK

BP's support for arts and culture goes back more than 30 years and includes long-term partnerships with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and Tate Britain. As a Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, BP is continuing its commitment to UK arts and culture.

Working with LOCOG and its arts partners, BP is helping to deliver several programmes and events that will inspire young people and provide opportunities for everyone across the UK to be part of London 2012. These include: the World Shakespeare Festival with the British Museum and Royal Shakespeare Company; BP Portrait Award: Next Generation with the National Portrait Gallery; The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games with the Royal Opera House and The Olympic Museum; and The Tate Movie Project with Tate, Legacy Trust UK and the BBC.

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