Why new writing is important to us at the RSC.

Derbhle Crotty as Hecuba in a blue dress kneels on the floor while Nadia Albina as Cassandra behind her leans on the throne
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When the Royal Shakespeare Company was established in the early 1960s, it was with the belief that new writing was as important an element as Shakespeare.

Through our working philosophy of artist development, we have embedded writers within our acting companies, reconnected the playwright with the rehearsal process and enabled our actors to inspire and engage during the writing period. We now have playwrights writing pieces for the actors they are working with, just as Shakespeare did.

We are increasing the scope of our new writing output: new translations and adaptations, musical theatre and new plays are all being commissioned, along with explorative site-specific performance art in public spaces and festivals. 

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

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