RSC to Stage Midsummer Mischief Festival of Four New Plays at Stratford-upon-Avon, Then Transfer to London's Royal Court
30 Apr 2014
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to stage four new plays as part of Midsummer Mischief, a festival that will be held at Stratford-upon-Avon in June that will take place in a purpose-built studio theatre on the stage of the current Courtyard Theatre.
The Stratford season will begin performances June 14, prior to an official opening June 21 for a run through July 12, then transfer to London's Royal Court, where it will play July 15-17.
The festival is inspired by the original ethos and spirit of The Other Place under the leadership of Buzz Goodbody. The plays are presented in rep in two programs. Program A comprises Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Ant and the Cicada and Alice Birch's Revolt. She said. Revolt again, under the direction of Erica Whyman. Program B comprises E.V Crowe's I can hear you and Abi Zakarian's This is not an exit, under the direction of Jo McInnes.
The productions will be cross cast and will include Robert Boulter, John Bowe, Scarlett Brookes, Ruth Gemmell, Julie Legrand and Mimi Mdiweni.
Throughout the festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, there will be a free exhibition in the foyer of The Courtyard Theatre commemorating the 40th anniversary of the opening of The Other Place (which originally occupied the same site as the Courtyard).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.