The Royal Shakespeare Company will stage a programme of plays inspired by ancient Rome next summer.
The ‘Rome’ summer season will feature four of Shakespeare’s most political and bloody thrillers: Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Antony & Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus.
Angus Jackson, who directed the RSC’s recent hits, Oppenheimer and Don Quixote, is season director.
He will direct Julius Caesar and Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
He is joined by Iqbal Khan who will direct Antony & Cleopatra and Blanche McIntyre who directs Titus Andronicus.
The Swan Theatre in Stratford will stage the world premiere of Snow in Midsummer, a contemporary re-imagining of Guan Hanqing’s Chinese classic drama by the playwright, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhi, and The Hypocrite, a new comedy inspired by the infamous moment in Hull’s history which started the English Civil War.
The season will also feature Oscar Wilde’s lyrical one-act play, Salome, set during the reign of Tiberius and staged at the Swan to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
The company will mark 2,000 years since the death of Roman poet Ovid with a revival of Venus & Adonis, created with Little Angel Puppet Theatre, which tells the story of Venus and her obsession with handsome Adonis.
Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, concludes the season, directed by Kimberley Sykes.
Coriolanus image (c) Javier Marín, www.javiermarin.com.mx