Message from the Executive Director

Catherine Mallyon - RSC Executive Director

The Royal Shakespeare Company is proud of its long and close relationship with America. 2013 marked 100 years since a Shakespeare acting company from Stratford-upon-Avon first visited American shores. It is a relationship which has continued to develop and over the past 50 years the RSC has visited over 40 US cities and found warm welcomes and made many friends and supporters. We are extremely grateful to RSCA for all their help and support.

Through the dedicated work of our RSC America Board and US Advisory Council, we have established a core of American donors who make a crucial contribution to the on-going work of the company. Recent donations have directly enabled us to extend our Stand up for Shakespeare schools programme to the US, commission new plays by playwrights from around the world and to continue our Artist Development programme, which gives actors the opportunity to progress their stage skills through diverse training. Our wider range of work in the US includes our partnership with The Ohio State University, and our collaboration with Park Avenue Armory and the New York Department of Education, which brought our First Encounter production of King Lear to over 1,000 New York City public school students through live performances and was made available to a further 1.1 million New York school children through a production film.

In April 2013, we opened our production of Matilda The Musical at The Shubert Theater on Broadway with our producing partners, The Dodgers, and it continues to play to packed houses. Our award-winning productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which played to sold out houses in Stratford-upon-Avon and London also played on Broadway from April - July 2015 at the Winter Garden Theater. We are thrilled that Matilda The Musical has now embarked on a tour across North America. And of course, each year we welcome thousands of American visitors to our productions and Shakespeare's home here in Stratford-upon-Avon. All our company, whether acting, directing, writing, or working as technical, front of house or administrative staff, collaborate to produce excellent, innovative and moving live theatre experiences and we are so pleased to share this with visitors from America and around the world.

These are exciting times for the RSC and our relationships in the US. I look forward to getting to know our American audiences, to building on our many transatlantic achievements and to developing the company's excellence at home and internationally.

Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director

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