The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome MMXVII Season of four Shakespeare plays at Stratford-upon-Avon will transfer to London's Barbican Theatre for a winter season, beginning performances November 6 and running in rep through January 20, 2018.
The productions include Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleoptra, which have already opened at Stratford, as well as new productions of Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus (opening in Stratford in July and September, respectively).
Angus Jackson, who is the overall season director and has also directed Julius Caesar and will direct Coriolanus, said in a press statement, “I am thrilled to be bringing the decadence of Shakespeare's Rome to the Barbican. We are going to present these plays not in the order that they were written but in the order that the stories happen. Beginning with Coriolanus—a semi fictional character from 500 BCE—through to Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra, legendary characters who lived just before the birth of Christ. And finally, Titus Andronicus, in which we see an entirely imagined Rome at the end of its dominance. In this order we track the ascendance and the decline of a civilisation: the establishment of a Republic in the aftermath of the abolition of a monarchy, the Republic becoming an Empire and ultimately destroying itself.”
Coriolanus runs November 6–18, and Julius Caesar runs November 24–January 20. Antony & Cleopatra, directed by Iqbal Khan, runs November 30–January 20, with Titus Andronicus, directed by Blanche McIntyre, running December 7–January 19.
The full cast and creative teams will transfer for all four shows from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. However, in the London run the repertoire is reordered to bring out the chronological history of the themes and narratives in the plays.
To book tickets, which go on general sale April 11, contact the box office on 020 7638 8891 or visit rsc.org.uk.