The incoming 2016 season launched by the Royal Shakespeare Company got very valuable elements to me!
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, they make new productions of the Bard’s plays.
They start with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” A Play for the Nation, I talked about already in my previous posts.
Then they annunced the new season in Stratford-Upon-Avon (regarding other writers, too) http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/
I’m sure lot of interesting actors will be in the cast.
For the moment, today I noticed, thanks to Terri Paddock tweets, that actor Oliver Johnstone is even in two plays by William Shakespeare!
He will play:
- Iachimo in Cymbeline http://www.rsc.org.uk/cymbeline/ 29 April – 15 October 2016 – that seems another sneaky role for him, according to the plot (I don’t know this play).
- and Edgar in King Lear http://www.rsc.org.uk/king-lear/ 20 August -15 October 2016 – according to what I remember from King Lear NT Live, Edgar is an unlucky, apparently naive man, who’s wiser than he seems.
Those plays will be also broadcast live around the world:
(images: copyright Royal Sakespeare Company, from the Winter brochure)
This would be the right occasion to visit Stratford on Summer: celebrating the Bard myself and seeing Oliver on stage twice.
I’m also curious to see performing live: What’s On Stage nominated him one of “11 faces to look out for in 2016“.
Let’s see what I can manage… I believe that Stratford will be much expensive during the whole year, but what a holiday this would be!
Today the RSC announced the Professional Casting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream tour 2016!
I was waiting for it for a while. I had the intention to see it in any case, but seeing who’s in the cast…
“[…] Ayesha Dharker will take on the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. […] Ayesha Dharker is joined by Jamie Cameron (Fairy); Lila Clements (Fairy); Lucy Ellinson (Puck); Aimee Gray (Fairy); Peter Hamilton Dyer (Egeus); Laura Harding (Hippolyta); Jack Holden (Lysander); Chris Nayak (Demetrius); Mercy Ojelade (Hermia); Chu Omambala (Oberon); Sam Redford (Theseus); Laura Riseborough (Helena); Isaac Ssebandeke (First Fairy); Alex Tomkins (Fairy) and Jon Trenchard (Philostrate). With further casting to be announced. […]
…I decided to book immediately for it at the Barbican Centre next May! It’s the venues I can reach more easily than others (see the list on their official site).
I’m curious to know the further casting. Meanwhile, I couldn’t help to send tweets to @RSCDream2016 and to Jack Holden saying “Congratulations for the role!”
He posted this nice tweet (link to the original):
I saw this play only in a movie and I’m glad to be able to see a stage version, finally. Here some information on Lysander from another production, one of those characters I immediately like, who likes “Being rebellious & forbidden love” according to his profile.
Now I can’t wait to see it and to see the first pictures in rehearsals and then official!
I find very interesting that Puck is played by an actress. Looks like next 2016 could be my Shakesperian year!