The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is going all out for its 50th season, with a line-up of stage productions on both sides of the Atlantic and a host of other festivities. Some of the highlights:
– Productions at the recently revamped Swan Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the Bard’s birthplace. Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice (starring Patrick Stewart as Shylock) are among the plays being staged this season, which runs from April through November.
– A host of lectures and workshops, a series of Sunday Talks, and exhibitions such as “A History of the RSC in 50 Objects” (April 4 – December 31). Among the items to be featured is a costume worn by Sir Ian McKellen in a 1976 production of Macbeth.
– A confectionary anniversary tribute, “Sweet Celebrations” (April 9 – July 24). With assistance from visitors, artist Shane will transform a room at the theatre into a large birthday cake by covering the walls with sugar tiles, icing, and sweets.
– “Open Day” on June 12, when the RSC invites the public to learn about how its productions are made. (If you can’t make it that day but are interested in finding out what goes on behind the scenes, there is a fun and informative virtual tour on the company’s website that illuminates everything from weapons to wigs.)
– Outdoor entertainment around town and along the River Avon
– A whirlwind staging of five plays in six weeks in New York City during the Lincoln Center Festival. The RSC theatre-lover’s marathon line-up is As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Ceasar, King Lear, and The Winter’s Tale.
Check out the full schedule of anniversary celebrations here.