We announce our Summer 14 season

Details of our artistic programme for Summer 2014.



Royal Shakespeare Theatre
From March 2014, Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II, on his six-year journey across the entire First Folio of 36 plays.

Antony Sher will play the infamous knight Falstaff. He will be joined by Alex Hassell as Prince Hal, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.

Both plays will transfer into the Barbican, London in December, after runs in Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle Upon Tyne and a five week UK tour.

Shakespeare's early exuberant romantic comedy about friendship and betrayal, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, will open in July, directed by Simon Godwin and performed on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage for the first time in 45 years.

All three productions will be broadcast 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon' to cinemas around the world, and streamed free to schools.

The Swan Theatre



 Led by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, the Swan returns to its original purpose as a home for the plays of Shakespeare's contemporaries with the 'Roaring Girls' season of three rarely performed Jacobethan plays.

  • The Roaring Girl directed by Jo Davies - subversive city comedy about the feisty Moll Cutpurse who unmans all who cross her path. 
  • Arden of Faversham - dark and dirty story of domestic portrayal, based on a true story of a successful businessman who was murdered by his wife Alice and her lover. Polly Findlay makes her RSC directorial debut.
  • The White Devil - Maria Aberg will take a bold approach to this bloodthirsty tale of murder and revenge by John Webster.

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