The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Schiller's seldom-seen classic, Don Carlos, will open at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre on May 16. The run lasts through May 20.
Don Carlos proved a hit in London earlier this year. The play, about public and private discord in 16th-century Spain, features 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 -- directs.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is playing host to a trio of productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company this May: Don Carlos, The Family Reunion and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Coming along for the trip are actors Margaret Tyzack, John Woodvine, Zoe Waites and director Adrian Noble.
The Family Reunion concluded its run on May 13. Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (May 21-27), seen at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House, 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