A special relationship

A film crew from BBC Midlands Today visited the Swan Theatre today. They were filming our company in tech rehearsals for Antony and Cleopatra and talking to members of the creative team about this production - which includes actors from both sides of the Atlantic.

Following its performances in the Swan Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra will play Miami's Colony Theatre and The Public Theater, New York.

Screengrab from iPlayer of Tarell McCraney talking to Midlands TodayDirector Tarell McCraney talked about the ideas behind using a cast from both the US and the UK. And producer Jeremy Adams talked about the importance of US audiences for the RSC.

You can see the report from Midlands Today on iPlayer until 6.30pm on 7 November 2013.

Jeremy also explained that it's our job to give the best possible experience of Shakespeare to the widest possible audience. America is a huge potential audience for our work as they are the largest English speaking country in the world.

We perform all over the globe, and in doing so we fly the flag for Stratford and the West Midlands, and for British arts and culture, one of the country's most valuable exports. And we know that in turn this brings significant investment back into the country in the shape of overseas visitors and business investment.

Celebrating 100 years of cross-cultural exchange
The co-production of Antony and Cleopatra is timely. It's 100 years since we first took a production to the US and Canada. To celebrate we have just published a new section on our website where Greg Doran, our artistic director, explores the first tour that happened in 1913.

Antony and Cleopatra is a Royal Shakespeare Company co-production with The Public Theater, New York and GableStage, Miami. The Royal Shakespeare Company in America is presented in collaboration with The Ohio State University.

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