We joined with the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera, and Royal Ballet to host the gala for our President, HRH The Prince of Wales, ahead of his birthday.

Our Artistic Director Gregory Doran directed a Royal Gala Concert for HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace yesterday (25 October), celebrating The Prince’s longstanding support for the arts. 

As well as the RSC, he is President or Patron of more than 70 arts organisations, including: the Royal College of Music; the Royal Opera; the Royal Television Society; the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus; Welsh National Opera; the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Royal Academy Trust. The concert brought together his love of music and Shakespeare.

We performed a scene and song from our 2014 production of Henry IV Part I, followed by an extract from A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring Dame Judi Dench as Titania and members of our Next Generation young acting company. Simon Russell Beale also reprised his role as Prospero, performing a speech from The Tempest.

Other RSC creatives were involved in the preparation for and performances during the evening, including Associate Director Owen Horsley, and Associate Artists Joe Dixon and Stephen Brimson Lewis. The event also included a selection of musical pieces by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, and ended with Stephen Fry proposing a vote of thanks for the Prince's contribution to the arts.