News of our new season


Our new season, starting in September 2014 and running until March 2015, commemorates the start of the First World War.

The season will feature a mixture of well-known Shakespeare plays, Jacobean drama from his contemporaries and powerful new writing from Phil Porter and Tom Morton-Smith.

Love's Labour's Lost and Won 
Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing) will play as a double-bill. Both plays will be directed by Christopher Luscombe, broadcast live to cinemas and streamed free to schools.

Both productions will share a setting based on a splendid country house just before and just after the First World War. Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry will play the lovers in both productions.

The Christmas Truce 
The Christmas Truce, a new play by Phil Porter, is based on real events in the First World War and draws strongly on Warwickshire history. It will be directed by Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman.

It draws on true stories of soldiers in the Warwickshire Regiment and in particular, the experiences of local cartoonist, Bruce Bairnsfather, who worked at the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as an electrical engineer, and whose famous comic creation 'Old Bill' was hugely popular with the troops.

The Witch of Edmonton
Eileen Atkins returns to the RSC in The Witch Of Edmonton directed by Artistic Director, Gregory Doran in the Swan Theatre. This new production of Rowley, Ford and Dekker's domestic tragedy concludes our 'Roaring Girls' season and will play in repertoire with an extended run of The White Devil. Eileen plays the title role of Elizabeth Sawyer, who is derided by her neighbours and accused of being a witch until she seeks revenge on those who have wronged her.

The Shoemaker's Holiday 
The Shoemaker's Holiday is Dekker's festive city comedy and is directed by Phillip Breen. It's the first time we've produced this play which was written in 1599, in the dying years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. It depicts a nation overshadowed by foreign wars and explores class, conflict and cobblers in love.

Oppenheimer is the world premiere of Tom Morton-Smith's new play about J. Robert Oppenheimer. It looks into the heart of the Manhattan Project to create the atom bomb, and will be directed by Angus Jackson.

Supporting schools and learners
RSC Education continues Young Shakespeare Nation, supporting teachers in giving children access to the broadest range of Shakespeare's plays with:

  • Free broadcasts of RSC performances streamed direct into classrooms
  • First ever conference for teachers in Stratford-upon-Avon this November
  • More schools joining the Learning and Performance Network, the RSC's partnership with schools and theatres, which reaches over 400,000 students a year
  • New masterclasses for students and teachers with RSC artists and theatre-makers

Find out more about the new season and watch video interviews with Gregory Doran, Erica Whyman and Christopher Luscombe at the new season pages.

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