His final season in the main Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon will launch with the return of director Lucy Bailey, who earlier this year staged The Taming of the Shrew at Stratford, with a new production of The Winter's Tale, to open in January for a straight run, prior to a national tour. Then a new ensemble will join to perform three more Shakespeares: Jonathan Slinger will star as Hamlet under the direction of David Farr, Maria Aberg will direct As You LIke It, and Nancy Meckler will direct All's Well That Ends Well.
In the Swan, Boyd comments, "we celebrate the classics and new work, starting with a world premiere of Tanika Gupta's new play, The Empress. Set in the last 14 years of Queen Victoria's reign, this extraordinary story explores not only a deep relationship between the old Queen and her Indian servant, but shines a light on the fomenting revolutionary sentiments amongst many of her subjects. A second ensemble then plays Titus Andronicus, directed by Michael Fentiman, followed by A Mad World My Masters by Thomas Middleton. Sean Foley will direct this Jacobean comedy in its first ever production at the RSC. Lyndsey Turner then works with the company, directing the world premiere of Mark Ravenhill's new play, written whilst he's been with us as Writer in Residence and inspired by Voltaire's Enlightenment classic Candide."
Priority booking for different levels of RSC members will open from Sept. 14, 17 and 19, depending on the level of membership; for associate members from Oct. 1, and for public booking from Oct. 15.
For further details, visit www.rsc.org.uk.