The Royal Shakespeare Company’s ground-breaking production of The Tempest transfers to London for a limited seven-week run at the Barbican this summer. Simon Russell Beale plays Prospero in this ground-breaking production directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
Booking period: 30 June to 18 August 2018
On a distant island a man waits.
Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will.
When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.
ROME MMXVII SEASON
6 NOVEMBER 2017 – 20 JANUARY 2018
This winter the Royal Shakespeare Company transports you to Shakespeare’s Rome, returning to the Barbican with a thrilling London Season comprising four of the playwright’s most gripping plays: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus.
Led by Season Director Angus Jackson and played out on the epic shared space of the Barbican stage, this extraordinary collection exposes the decadence, politics, power play and corruption of Ancient Rome, charting the decline of an empire from birth to eventual implosion.
Booking period: 6 November to 18 November 2017
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.
Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, opens our collection of Shakespeare’s Rome plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.
Booking period: 24 November 2017 to 20 January 2018
Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.
Our Rome season continues with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.
Antony and Cleopatra
Booking period: 30 November 2017 to 20 January 2018
Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).
Booking period: 7 December 2017 to 19 January 2018
The decay of Rome reaches its final, violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.
Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.
Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.
Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016) with the epic conclusion of our Rome Season.