Amateurs tread boards at RSC

By IH 02/03 Updated: 12/03 14:21

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AMATEUR theatre companies will be treading the boards of the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford on March 18 and 25.

As part of the RSC’s Open Stages project engaging with and celebrating amateur theatre, the RSC have invited amateur companies from across the region to produce their own Shakespeare or Shakespeare inspired productions, and they will be performing extractions at the Courtyard over the two Sundays.

The first Sunday will celebrate the countless works of theatre inspired by Shakespeare with extracts including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Return to the Forbidden Planet, as well as original pieces devised by the companies.

The following week will be an evening of pure Shakespeare, with performances of some of the Bard's most well known scenes from some of his greatest works including Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It.

RSC Open Stages producer Ian Wainwright said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming such a diverse range of highly talented amateur theatre companies and performers from across the region to the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre.

"Both evenings promise to take you on a journey from laughter to tears and everywhere in between. Whether you want to experience Shakespeare’s plays re-imagined in brilliant new interpretations, or sit back and watch some his greatest scenes performed with skill and passion, these showcase events have something to offer everyone.”

Tickets are available online by visiting or by calling the box office on 0844 800 1110.

* CORIOLANUS plots revenge at the Shakespeare Institute from March 27 to 29.

Reviled and banished from Rome, the bitter Coriolanus plans his return with the help of his former enemy, presented by Caramba Theatre Company at the Church Street institute at 7.30pm nightly.

The production is part of the RSC Open Stages programme - a celebration of amateur performance in the UK - and marks the first time the tale of political intrigue, war and family loyalty has been staged by an amateur company in the Bard's home town.

The title role will be played by Tim Guest, his mother Volumnia by Ruthie Copeman and his sworn enemy Aufidius by Ben Manning.

Tickets, priced £10.50 (concessions £9.50), are available on the door or in advance by calling 07952 820456 (tickets bought in advance include a £1 reduction).

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