RSC Swaps Antony and Cleopatra for Julius Caesar This Summer in NYC

News   RSC Swaps Antony and Cleopatra for Julius Caesar This Summer in NYC The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2011 New York repertory engagement at the Park Avenue Armory will substitute one iconic Roman for another. Julius Caesar has been announced to replace Antony and Cleopatra on the five-play summer bill.

"Lucy Bailey’s production of Julius Caesar in our London season at the Roundhouse has proved itself a great success and a landmark production of this play. I have taken the decision that this production should join the repertoire for the RSC’s season at the Lincoln Center Festival this summer, replacing my own production of Antony and Cleopatra," RSC artistic director Michael Boyd said in a statement.

Julius Caesar, which features Greg Hicks as Caesar, Sam Troughton as Brutus and Darrell D’Silva as Mark Antony (he was to also play the role in Antony and Cleopatra), will now fill the final slot in RSC's repertory schedule originally occupied by Antony and Cleopatra. The production will begin July 28 and open July 29.

During its July 6-Aug. 14 New York run, the RSC will take up residence at the Park Avenue Armory where a full-scale replica of the company's intimate thrust stage Courtyard Theatre will be constructed to house the plays. The 930-seat theatre is being specifically designed as a freestanding structure to fit within the Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The Lincoln Center Festival, the Park Avenue Armory and Ohio State University have aligned to produce the event.

Here's a look at the previously announced schedule:

As You Like It will launch the residency July 6 and officially open July 7. RSC artistic director Michael Boyd will direct a cast including Katy Stephens as Rosalind/Ganymede, Jonjo O'Neill as Orlando, Richard Katz as Touchstone, Mariah Gale as Celia, Geoffrey Freshwater as Corin, Forbes Masson as Jaques, Clarence Smith as Duke Ferdinand, Sandy Neilson as Duke Frederick, Charles Aitken as Oliver, James Tucker as Silvius and Christine Entwisle as Phoebe. Romeo and Juliet, helmed by Rupert Goold (Enron), will begin July 10 and open July 11. Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale star in the titular roles, with Forbes Masson as Friar Lawrence, Joseph Arkley as Tybalt, James Howard as Paris, Jonjo O'Neill as Mercutio, Noma Dumezweni as the Nurse, Richard Katz as Lord Capulet, Oliver Ryan as Benvolio, Christine Entwisle as Lady Capulet and David Carr as Escalus.

David Farr will direct King Lear, which will begin July 15 and open July 16. Greg Hicks will portray the failing king. The cast will also feature Kathryn Hunter as The Fool, Charles Aitken as Edgar, Geoffrey Freshwater as Gloucester, Darrell D'Silva as Kent, Samantha Young as Cordelia, Kelly Hunter as Goneril, Katy Stephens as Regan, John Mackay as Duke of Albany, Clarence Smith as Duke of Cornwall, James Tucker as Oswald and Tunji Kasim as Edmund.

Farr will also stage The Winter's Tale, which is set to begin July 21 and open July 22. The cast will include Greg Hicks as Leontes, Kelly Hunter as Hermione, Darrell D'Silva as Polixenes, Samantha Young as Perdita, Tunji Kasim as Florizel, Brian Doherty as Autolycus, James Gale as Antigonus, Noma Dumezweni as Paulina, Larrington Walker as the Old Shepherd, John Mackay as Camillo and Gruffudd Gyn as Young Shepherd.

For tickets phone (212) 721-6500, or visit LincolnCenterFestival.

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