Summer 2017 Season | Royal Shakespeare Company

Summer 2017 Season | Royal Shakespeare Company

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran announces our Summer 2017 season of plays.

next year it will be 2,000 years since the death of Shakespeare's best loved writer the Roman poet Ovid his famous tales were a huge inspiration for Shakespeare so to celebrate we're going to take Rome as our theme for the season and Angus Jackson is our season director he'll be directing Julius Caesar and ending with Coriolanus Antony and Cleopatra will be directed by Iqbal Khan with the glorious Josette Simon returning to the company to play Cleopatra and Blanche McIntyre will direct Titus Andronicus the Rome theme continues in the Swan with a great look at the Roman comedy writer process in the world premiere of Bill Porter's vice versa or the decline and fall of general braggadocio at the hands of his canny slave Dexter and Terence the monkey this new adaptation of plautus plays will be directed by Janice Honeyman the story of the seductress Salome takes place in the Roman province of Judea during the reign of the emperor Tiberius and is the subject of Oscar Wilde's grandly sumptuous play and will be directed by owen Horsley and finally in the swan Christopher Marlowe's Dido queen of Carthage then joins the repertoire and Kimberley Sykes Erika Wyman's associate on our huge dream sixteen tour takes on this rarely performed play based on Virgil's Aeneid we're also reviving my own adaptation of Shakespeare's poem based on Ovid Venus and Adonis as part of the season it was originally staged at the little angel theatre in London and I'm delighted that audiences will get another chance to see this puppet mask meanwhile we begin our season in the Swan in February with one of the first fruits of our cultural ex change with China a new translation of snow in midsummer this haunting story of social injustice from the Chinese classical Canon will be directed by Justin OD bear we follow this with another premiere this time from the acclaimed playwright Richard bean who has created a riotous comedy based in Hull at the time of the Civil War the hypocrite directed by Philip Breen in a co-production with hull truck theater it's our contribution to Hull UK City of Culture where it will premiere next year before coming to the Swan alongside all these productions my deputy Erica Wyman is planning further festivals of exciting new work in the other place we've got a fantastic program for next year with really something for everybody


  1. My mum once told me about her magical experience of going to see Venus and Adonis with my sister, when I was little- I was enchanted just hearing about it. But unfortunately this Summer we heard that it was on too late and we missed it just by a couple of days.
    Do you think Venus and Adonis be showing again in the future soon? I'd love to see what it's like – Well done to the Director anyway for making such a beautiful adaptation!

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