Mark Ravenhill becomes RSC writer in residence

Natalie Woolman

Mark Ravenhill is to join the Royal Shakespeare Company as writer in residence at the beginning of next year.

Ravenhill, whose plays include Shopping and Fucking, will take up his post on a year-long contract in January 2012. The residency is being supported by the Columbia Foundation.

RSC artistic director Michael Boyd said: “Mark is deservedly one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights, who will bring a great questioning spirit and a fresh theatrical intelligence to the company. I can’t wait to work with him and see his two commissioned works that we have planned as part of his time with the RSC.”

Ravenhill added: “I will be living in Stratford for much of the year and really hope to become part of the company. I’m also looking forward to working with the RSC ensemble.

“Working on Shakespeare encourages actors to tell epic stories and to embrace a muscularity in their approach to language. This is a fantastic resource for a living writer to work with. It is exciting and daunting to have the opportunity to write an epic play, which the RSC is uniquely positioned to allow me to do.”

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