Amateur companies selected for Open Stages 2013-2016


We will work with 86 selected amateur groups to support them with mentoring and workshops to create their own RSC Open Stages production in their own venue.

Nearly 200 amateur theatre companies from across the UK applied to take part in Open Stages, working with us and six partner theatres to put on their own Shakespeare or Shakespeare-themed production.

Examples of the huge range of work by over 2,500 people, aged eight to 80, will include:

  • The Royal Navy performing A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Macbeth performed in a Cardiff Shopping Centre
  • Richard III performed in Leicester Cathedral, where the King's newly discovered body will be buried
  • Henry V in a Norman castle
  • A sci-fi Tempest in a village hall in Oxfordshire
  • A Gulf War Titus Andronicus in Edinburgh
  • A female King Lear in London
  • Hamlet in the style of a Danish crime drama in St Andrews

The productions will be performed across the UK. Venues include 35 Theatres, 10 Village Halls, seven parks and gardens, six castles, six pubs, five churches, a bookshop and a graveyard.

The project begins on 28 September when all 86 directors will meet in Stratford-upon-Avon for two days of skills workshops.

Open Stages 2013 – 2016 will focus on learning, with each amateur company receiving training, director mentoring, feedback and support from us and our partner theatres.

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