Three Shakespeare plays – As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure – will form part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s summer 2019 season.
The three productions will play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, then tour in repertoire for the first time to six regional theatres in 2019.
As You Like It will run from February 14 to August 31; The Taming of the Shrew from March 8 to August 31; and Measure for Measure from June 28 to August 29.
Meanwhile, in the Swan Theatre will be Kunene and the King (March 21-April 23), described as a “moving and funny new play” by South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani, marking 25 years since the first post-Apartheid democratic elections.
There will also be two Restoration plays to mark 250 years since David Garrick’s famous Shakespeare Jubilee in 1769.
The jubilee launched Stratford-upon-Avon as the epicentre of the ‘Shakespeare Industry’, and the two plays saw Garrick enjoy two of his most successful roles.
The Provoked Wifeby John Vanbrugh (May 2-September 7) is a Restoration comedy which tackles the realities and challenges of married life, while Venice Preserved(May 24- September 7) is a “savage political thriller and a love story of breath-taking intensity”.
Pictured: RSC audience by David Tett. Home page image by Peter Cook.