RSC’s Gunpowder Season to Play London’s Trafalgar Studios

News   RSC’s Gunpowder Season to Play London’s Trafalgar Studios
The Royal Shakespeare Company has found a London home for its Gunpowder Season. And, it’s just down the road from the Houses of Parliament, the target of the Gunpowder Plot itself.

The series of plays marking the 400th anniversary of Guy Fawkes and the plot, which has been playing in the company’s Stratford-Upon-Avon base, will move to the Trafalgar Studios for ten weeks from Dec. 21 (through Feb. 25, 2006).

At the same time another RSC season, of four Shakespeare comedies, will be running nearby at the Novello Theatre (formerly the Strand).

The season was coordinated by Gregory Doran, whose staging of Othello was a previous RSC export to Trafalgar Studios. The company’s executive director Vikki Heywood said in a press release, “We were delighted to open the Trafalgar Studios in 2003 with a sell-out run of…Othello. The venue proved then that it works well for transfers from the Swan Theatre, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to return with our acclaimed Gunpowder season. We look forward to welcoming our audiences in the capital who will be able to see nine RSC productions as part of our London season this year.”

The season currently includes Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s A New Way to Please You; Thomas More by Shakespeare, Anthony Munday and others; Ben Jonson’s Sejanus: His Fall; and Philip Massinger’s Believe What You Will. They will be joined in Stratford in September 2005 by Frank McGuinness’s new play dealing with the background to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, Speaking Like Magpies. The comedies season includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

For more information, visit or call (0)870 060 6632 (or for the comedies season, 0870 950 0940).

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