The Royal Shakespeare Company is looking forward
to a bumper summer after advanced ticket sales topped the £2 million
Theatre managers are confident that the line-up
of ten plays will bring in the crowds for another successful season.
They have increased the number of tickets that
will be held back until the morning of each show to give people who
have missed out in the stampede for seats the chance to see the
People will be able to get the last minute
tickets each morning from 9.30 at the RSC box office in Stratford.
The curtain will lift tomorrow on the start of
the season, a production of As You Like It directed by RSC Associate
Director Gregory Doran.
Other highlights include the first half of the
staging of Shakespeare’s History plays. Four titles – Richard II,
both parts of Henry IV and Henry V will take to the boards this year,
with the other historical plays being shown next season.
RSC spokeswoman Kate Hunter said the company of
more than 70 actors would be taking the shows to London and out on
tour, but the first showings would be in Stratford.
She said that the Summer Festival 2000 was
following on the heels of a highly successful winter season when more
than 210,000 tickets were sold to theatre-goers between last November
Productions including King Lear, the Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe, and Macbeth played to over 85 per cent
capacity during the season.
Ticket information about this summer’s shows is
available on 01789 403403.