The Royal Shakespeare Company will end its stay at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 27. The RSC arrived in the U.S. on May 10 with its production of T.S. Eliot's The Family Reunion. Since then it has presented short runs of Schiller's seldom-seen classic, Don Carlos (May 16-20) and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The latter will conclude at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House on May 27.
Don Carlos proved a hit in London earlier this year. The play, about public and private discord in 16th-century Spain, featured John Woodvine, Josette Simon and Rupert Penry-Jones in the title role. Gale Edwards -- who is responsible for a very different effort now playing on Broadway, Jesus Christ Superstar -- directed.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is directed by Michael Boyd, an RSC associate director.
For more information, call BAM at (718) 636-4100.
* Two additional RSC productions will visit the U.S. this summer. In New Haven, CT, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas will present Macbeth at the Long Wharf Theatre, June 15-25. Anthony Sher stars in the RSC staging, helmed by Gregory Doran. Sher was last seen in the States as painter Stanley Spencer in Stanley, the final offering of the now defunct Circle in the Square.
Meanwhile, June 22-July 2, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will host a new RSC mounting of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Lindsay Posner is the director.
For information on Macbeth, call (888) 278-4332. For Shrew, call (415) 392-4400.
--By Robert Simonson