Winter internationals for RSC

By IH Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 08/11 11:41

THE RSC's winter season in Stratford will continue on an international theme following this summer's World Shakespeare Festival.

The Swan Theatre premieres a trilogy of newly-adapted international plays, in repertoire from November, under the banner ‘A World Elsewhere’ - a quote from the Bard's Coriolanus reminding Rome’s citizens there were other countries and cultures apart from their own.

Curated by Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran and Associate Director Roxana Silbert, the season aims to explore what was going on in the rest of the world in Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Doran will open the season with The Orphan of Zhao - sometimes referred to as the Chinese Hamlet, and tracing its origins to the 4th century BC - a powerful tale of self-sacrifice and revenge. It became the first Chinese play to be translated in the West, in an adaptation by Voltaire.

Next the season moves to Russia, and an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s play, Boris Godunov.

Pushkin is thought by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the father of Russian Literature. He wrote Boris Godunov in 1825, inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Its subject is the ruthless Boris Godunov, Tsar from 1598 to 1605, who was rumoured to have murdered the Tsarevich Dmitry in order to seize power. Michael Boyd will direct what will be the culmination of a thread of Russian work he has initiated in the past few years, and his final production as Artistic Director of the RSC before he steps down at the end of 2012.

Then to Italy, for Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo. Arguably, Brecht’s greatest play, Galileo explores the confrontation of religious fundamentalism and scientific evidence, through the trial of the great scientist and philosopher Galileo in 1616. Roxana Silbert will direct what will be her final production as RSC Associate Director before she takes up her new position as Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep.

A range of supporting events and exhibitions will be announced shortly.

Visit www.rsc.org.uk for further details.

* CLASSIC children’s story The Mouse and His Child will open the winter season.

Acclaimed as one of the classics of 20th century children’s literature, Russell Hoban's moving story tells the tale of two clockwork mice thrown on a scrap heap who then have to begin a dangerous quest for a place to belong.

The family show - directed by Told By An Idiot’s co-Artistic Director Paul Hunter, who directed the RSC’s recent Young People’s Shakespeare production of The Comedy of Errors - continues the RSC’s tradition of creating and staging new adaptations of much-loved childhood tales.

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