The Royal Shakespeare Company is to take five of its UK productions to three
cities across the United States in Summer 2000.
In addition to a thee-play repertoire at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
in May and the Taming of the Shrew tour to San Francisco in June, the company
has announced that its highly-praised production of Macbeth, is to transfer to
the International Festival of Arts and ideas in New Haven, Connecticut following
sell-out runs in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
With original UK casts, the five productions that visit the three US cities
convey the breadth of the RSC's diversity and continue the Company's commitment
to performing its work in the United States.
The five casts represent an astonishing range of talent, with established actors
like RSC Associate Artists Antony Sher and Harriet Walter (both Macbeth), TONY
Award winner Margaret Tyzack (The Family Reunion), Josette Simon (A Midsummer
Night's Dream) and John Woodvine (Don Carlos) accompanying some of the RSC's
promising, emerging younger actors: Ray Fearon, Rupert Penry Jones (both Don
Carlos), Zoe Waites (The Family Reunion), Stuart McQuarrie and Monica Dolan
(both The Taming of the Shrew).
The Brooklyn Academy of Music host the RSC's three week residency across two
theatres, during which three productions will be presented:
RSC Artistic Director Adrian Noble's production of TS Eliot's rarely-seen The
Family Reunion (10-13 May); a staging of Friedrich Schiller's historical tragedy
Don Carlos from director Gale Edwards (16-20 May); and A Midsummer Night's
Dream, directed by RSC Associate Director Michael Boyd (21-27 May).
New Haven's International Festival of Arts and ideas will see the next RSC
production, Macbeth, starring Antony Sher and Harriet Walter (15-25 June).
The RSC returns to New Haven following its hugely successful staging of Troilus
and Cressida and A Month in the Country at the 1999 Festival.
Lindsay Posner's radical new vision of The Taming of the Shrew is the final RSC
production to be staged in the US this Summer, presented as a highlight of the
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (22 June - 2 July).
The RSC has performed regularly in the US since 1913, with seven of its
productions playing on Broadway, cumulatively receiving ten TONY awards and
This summer more than 100 artists will present the five plays on both coasts.
RSC Artistic Director Adrian Noble said:
"We are delighted that such a significant production as Gregory Doran's
Macbeth is able to join our four other productions in the United States this
"I believe that Shakespeare is one of the few truly international
dramatists, and it is important that the RSC tours as many productions as
possible to an equally wide global audience.
"We continue to have a special bond with the United States, and hope to
carry on developing stimulating relationships with US partners, artists and