Three Shakespeare plays explore separation and loss while in the Swan Theatre we celebrate and interrogate our relationship with Europe.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

A season of Shakespeare plays exploring separation, loss and the deep bonds of family will play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for Summer 2020.

  • The Winter’s Tale Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, Director Erica Whyman imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.
  • The Comedy of ErrorsA fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, directed by comedy master Phillip Breen, with Miles Jupp as Antipholus of Syracuse
  • Pericles - Blanche McIntyre returns to direct Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation, located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances

The Winter's Tale, The Comedy of Errors and pericles

Projekt Europa and the Swan Theatre

Meanwhile in the Swan Theatre we are presenting two new plays and reworking an Ibsen classic as part of our project to explore, celebrate and interrogate our relationship to Europe. As well as events and debate that delve deeper into the subconscious of Europe, Projekt Europa will include:

  • Europeana - a breathless race through the chaotic kaleidoscope of 20th century history, from the book by Patrik Ouředník. Adapted by Maria Åberg and Judith Gerstenberg. Directed by Maria Åberg
  • Peer Gynt - Acclaimed Swiss director Barbara Frey reimagines Ibsen’s epic European myth for the 21st century
  • Blindness and Seeing - One afternoon, a city’s inhabitants are suddenly overcome by an epidemic of blindness in this poetic and evocative vision for the future by Nobel Prize winning Portuguese novelist José Saramago, directed by Tiago Rodrigues
  • A series of newly commissioned monologues from prominent European writers, performed at The Other Place.
  • Decameron 2020 our Next Generation ACT young company works with renowned Swedish director Mattias Andersson in a performance inspired by Boccaccio’s The Decameron, interwoven with personal stories that matter to the young people of Europe today
The three shows playing in the Swan Theatre as part of Projekt Europa

Dream – A celebration of storytelling

Dream is a bold experiment in interactive storytelling which explores the connection between the physical and digital worlds.

The experiment will be presented in Stratford-upon-Avon in Spring 2020, as well as on devices and online, inspired by the themes of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dream is a new commission by Audience of the Future; a consortium of 15 specialist organisations and pioneers in immersive technology who, together, will use their knowledge and expertise in theatre and performance, music, video production, gaming and research to shape how audiences will experience live performance in the future.