The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced plans for another residency at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music. Running from May 10-27, 2000, as part of BAM's 2000 Spring Season, the RSC will showcase three productions from its current London repertoire. These include the current production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Michael Boyd (in rep to Feb. 17), which was acclaimed by The Guardian's Michael Billington as the best Dream since Peter Brook's; RSC Artistic Director Adrian Noble's staging of the rarely seen T.S. Eliot verse drama The Family Reunion (opening at the Barbican Pit studio theatre on Feb. 29, following previews from Feb. 23, and running in rep to April 4); and Gale Edwards's production of Schiller's Don Carlos (opening at the Barbican Pit on Jan. 18, following previews from Jan. 13, and running in rep to April 6).
The RSC, which is one of the few international theatre companies to maintain a traditional repertoire system in which classical actors perform a number of different roles simultaneously within a single season, will bring an ensemble of more than 50 artists to New York, including such celebrated actors as Margaret Tyzack (seen opposite Maggie Smith in the London and New York productions of Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage), John Woodvine and Josette Simon.
-- By Mark Shenton, What's On Stage
What's On Stage, London