Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New-Look Venues to Host 50th RSC Season

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New-Look Venues to Host 50th RSC Season

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THE Royal Shakespeare Company has unveiled its new-look theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. Its flagship Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the adjoining Swan Theatre have been transformed over three-and-a-half years at a cost of pounds 112.8m.

A preview period of events and exhibitions now ensues, allowing people to explore and test the buildings before the RSC's 50th anniversary season - also announced yesterday - begins on April 14 next year, running until November 5. Some of the productions to be premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre will then transfer to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, which is due to reopen on September 11 after its own internal refurbishment which will see the venue go dark from March 13, 2011.

Michael Boyd, RSC artistic director, said: "Our transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre auditorium offers the promise of a changed relationship between actor and audience as its thrust stage steps out from the old proscenium arch and brings the furthest seats twice as close to the action. …

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