Tag Archives: Swan Theatre

Shakespeare in trouble with the law

On the whole, Shakespeare kept out of trouble. He got his girlfriend pregnant, and didn’t always pay his taxes, but compared with the violence of the lives of his contemporaries Marlowe, Kyd and Jonson, his was uneventful and that was … Continue reading

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Royal Shakespeare Company plans for 2014

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s plans for the summer 2014 season have just been released and mailings are being received by members. It’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran’s first full season, and he continues to carry out his promise to perform the … Continue reading

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Announcing the future of the RSC: David Tennant, Hilary Mantel and costume

Wednesday morning was an important one for Shakespeare-lovers, with the new team at the RSC, Artistic Director Gregory Doran, Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and Executive Director Catherine Mallyon setting out their plans. There’s a link to the main announcement here … Continue reading

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Brian Cox’s Titus Andronicus: “the greatest stage performance I’ve ever given”

Earlier in the week  an interview with Brian Cox (the actor not the scientist) was published in which he commented that the production of Titus Andronicus in the Swan Theatre in 1987 was “the most interesting thing I’ve ever done … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Swan Theatre’s birthday

On 13 November 1986 The Queen visited Stratford-upon-Avon to open the Swan Theatre. The official opening ceremony was held during the day and in the evening The Fair Maid of the West was staged in front of an invited audience, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Jacobethans at the Swan

This year the Royal Shakespeare Company is celebrating 50 years of existence by staging a series of events marking some of its key moments of theatremaking.  Exactly half way through this half-century, in 1986, the RSC opened the Swan theatre … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Avon, Act 8: Sweet Swan of Avon

Ben Jonson’s memorial poem to Shakespeare published seven years after his death in the First Folio contains lines which famously link Shakespeare to the River Avon and to the magnificent birds that live on it. Sweet Swan of Avon! What … Continue reading

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