Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Firm will resume performances for reside audiences in a specifically constructed outside theatre in the summertime, starting with a manufacturing of “The Comedy of Errors”, it mentioned on Friday. The RSC, primarily based in playwright William Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, plans to stage exhibits within the Backyard Theatre, situated within the gardens outdoors its Swan Theatre, which overlooks the river Avon.
“The Comedy of Errors” was initially scheduled to start performances final April, however the firm, like theatres throughout the nation, needed to carry down the curtain because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Phillip Breen will now re-work the manufacturing for the brand new open-air venue.
“These have and can proceed to be difficult instances, however we glance ahead with optimism,” RSC creative director Gregory Doran mentioned in a press release. “The outside theatre provides us the safety that we will carry out to good sized audiences as we emerge from the pandemic.”
One other RSC manufacturing, “The Winter’s Story”, initially set to open in March 2020, will now be broadcast as a filmed model round Shakespeare’s birthday in April, the RSC mentioned. Numerous theatres, together with in London’s West Finish, have begun asserting their summer season re-opening plans with cautious social distancing measures, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson final month shared his roadmap out of lockdown for England.
It goals for leisure venues to have the ability to re-open their doorways from Could 17. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, the person behind musicals comparable to “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Evita”, has mentioned rehearsals for his newest manufacturing “Cinderella” had begun in early March, aiming for a summer season opening.
He mentioned his musical “Joseph” may even begin exhibiting on the London Palladium in July.
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