The complete works of Shakespeare to be performed at his birthplace — Initial schedule announced for the RSC “Complete Works Festival”
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced its unprecedented plan for a “Complete Works Festival” in which all the plays of Shakespeare will be performed during a one-year period beginning in April 2006. The performances will mainly be staged at the theatres in Stratford upon Avon in the town of Shakespeare’s birth and will include not only productions by the RSC but also many invited overseas productions from countries including South Africa, the U.S. and Belgium. From Japan will be invited a production of director Yukio Ninagawa’s Titus Andronicus (2004) which drew acclaim for its all-white stage art and costumes and fast-moving staging (Re-staging at the Saitama Arts Theatre from April 21).
The festival’s first program (Apr.-Sept.) is as follows:
First Program: Main performances from April to October 2006:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Antony and Cleopatra Cymbeline Hamlet Henry IV Henry VI Henry VIII Julius Caesar King John Love's Labour's Lost Titus Andronicus (Directed by Yukio Ninagawa) Troilus and Cressida (Directed by Peter Stein) The Merry Wives of Windsor (A musical starring Judi Dench) King Lear (Directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Ian McKellen)