A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Brook, Peter 1970

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Le songe d’une nuit d’été), directed by Peter Brook, Royal Shakespeare Company. Also known as Peter Brook’s Dream. Premiered in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1970 and then moved to the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End in 1971. World tour in 1972-3. Read More

Two Roses for Richard III

Baltar, Cláudio; Ferreira, Fábio 2012

Two Roses for Richard III is Brazilian theatre company Companhia BufoMecânica’s visual interpretation of Richard III, commissioned for the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival. The production blended theatre with acrobatics, multimedia displays and circus. Read More

Antony and Cleopatra

Doran, Gregory 2006

Cast

Patrick Stewart … Antony
Harriet Walter … Cleopatra
John Hopkin … Octavius Caesar

Stephen Brimson-Lewis … Set Designer

Additional resources can be found for this production here.

For more information about the stage performance, see the RSC website.

 

Walter's Cleopatra and Stewart's Antony dancing

Harriet Walter as Cleopatra and Patrick Stewart as Antony are dancing on stage

 

 

 

Romeo and Juliet

Bartlett, Neil 2008

This 2008 production of Romeo and Juliet was set in 1940s/50s Italy, and costumes were inspired by The Sopranos and The Godfather. Director Neil Bartlett also made the decision to have Juliet deliver her lines in the balcony scene from a cast-iron bed frame.

Cast

Anneika Rose … Juliet
David Dawson … Romeo

Credits

Director … Neil Bartlett
Designer … Kandis Cook

 

Additional resources can be found for this production here.

Article “Sweet Sorrow” by Neil Bartlett which addresses why Romeo and Juliet remains popular and is a good introduction into the subject of Shakespeare.

For more information about past productions of Romeo and Juliet by the Royal Shakespeare Company, see the RSC Archive.

 

 

Hamlet

Doran, Gregory 2008

Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet. Read More

King Lear

Nunn, Trevor 2007

King Lear is a 2008 television film based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name, directed by Trevor Nunn. It was broadcast on More4 in the UK on Christmas Day, and shown on PBS’ Great Performances in the United States in March 2009. The production was filmed mainly at Pinewood Studios in England. Read More

The Tempest

Ninagawa, Yukio 1992

The Tempest directed by Yukio Ninagawa was performed at the Barbican Theatre, London in 1992.

Credits

Director: Yukio Ninagawa
Translator: Yushi Odashima
Set Designer: Toshiaki Suzuki
Lighting: Tamotsu Harada

Cast

Sho Shinohara as Adrian
Makoto Yuasa Alonso as King of Naples
Yoshisada Sakaguchi as Antonio
Yukihiro Miyauchi as Boatswain
Hiroki Okawa as Caliban
Yoji Matsuda as Ceres/Ariel
Noriihiro Inoue as Ferdinand
Tatsumi Aoyama as Gonzalo
Hirokazu Aoyama as Iris
Tokusaburo Arashi as Juno
Yukio Tsukamoto as Master of a Ship
Mariko Fuji as Miranda
Haruhiko Joh as Prospero
Kazuhisa Seshimo as Sebastian
Goro Daimon as Stephano
Kenichi Ishii as Trinculo

Production stills taken by Donald Cooper are available through Photostage.

For more information, visit the RSC Performances archive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

 

King Lear

Tse, David 2006 | 4 Comments

Lear hands over control of his global business empire to his daughters. In his Shanghai penthouse, he asks them to justify their inheritance. The older sisters flatter their father in elegant Chinese but English educated Cordelia, no longer fluent in her father’s tongue, says “Nothing” and the loss of face sends Lear into a spiral of fury and madness. Read More