Carolyn Carter Starr is leaving us a legacy in her Will - here she explains why.
Why I'm leaving the RSC a legacy
I came to Stratford-upon-Avon and fell in love with Shakespeare. That was about ten years ago and the magical allure was eight History plays in five consecutive days in historical order from Richard II through Richard III. It was total immersion and the audience felt like we shared an experience with an outstanding RSC cast that no one could ever forget.
That experience launched my regular pilgrimages to Stratford-upon-Avon and I have now seen the RSC perform most of Shakespeare's works at least once. I've had some memorable favourites but without exception all productions have aspired to the highest standards and sought to make Shakespeare as exciting today as it was when first performed.
I have also been delighted that the RSC has extended its high calibre work to include other period productions and exciting original works like Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. And as a New York City resident, it's been great to see the RSC at home through partnerships with top theatrical organisations - Lincoln Center, BAM and The Public – and, of course, Matilda The Musical on Broadway.
Across all RSC productions, the attention to detail from performances to set design, – music, choreography and programme content adds up to a unique experience like no other. I feel truly enriched by the theatrical experience the RSC creates and am happy to be a regular supporter – increasingly important in these days of shrinking government support for the arts.
Leaving a legacy to the RSC offered me an opportunity to help secure their commitment to Shakespeare and theatrical excellence for future generations. The natural opportunity arose when I updated my Will upon retirement. I simply instructed a solicitor to make the Royal Shakespeare Company a beneficiary. Every regular updating of bequest documents creates an opportunity to make securing the future of the RSC part of your legacy. I was delighted to make it part of mine. Please consider making it part of yours too.
Carolyn Carter Starr