Behind the scenes at The Courtyard Theatre

We will work with 96 selected amateur groups, supporting them with mentoring and workshops to create their own RSC Open Stages production in their own venue.

Productions are being performed between April 2014 and April 2015. 

Facts about Open Stages
Examples of the huge range of work being done by over 2,500 individual participants, aged eight to 80, include:

  • The Royal Navy performing A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Henry V in a Norman Castle
  • A Gulf War set Titus Andronicus in Edinburgh
  • A female King Lear in London
  • Hamlet in the style of a Danish crime drama in St Andrews

The most popular of Shakespeare's plays to be performed by the participants is Macbeth (seven  productions) followed Twelfth Night (six productions).

Performances will take place across the UK in venues which include 35 theatres, 10 village halls, 7 parks and gardens, 6 castles, 6 town halls, 6 pubs, 5 churches, 4 school halls, 2 community centres, 2 country houses...

Open Stages 2013 – 2016
The project will focus on learning, with each amateur company receiving training, director mentoring, feedback and support from us and our partner theatres.

It is part of our commitment to transform the relationship between amateur and professional theatres.

Open Stages is the springboard for Dream16, a nationwide tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on 23 April 2016.

The production, which opens in Stratford-upon-Avon, will be co-produced with partner theatres and amateur companies in all 12 nations and regions of the UK.

In every location, Bottom and the rude mechanicals will be played by a local amateur group and Titania's fairy train by local schoolchildren. 

Download the Open Stages report 2011 to 2012>>

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