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RSC and ETT to tour Middleton’s A Mad World My Masters ahead of Barbican run

John Hopkins and Ellie Beaven in last year's RSC production of A Mad World My Master. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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The Royal Shakespeare Company and English Touring Theatre are to collaborate for the first time on a touring production of A Mad World My Masters by Thomas Middleton next spring.

The show, which is a revival of the RSC production directed by Sean Foley last year, will tour from February 2015. It will then run at the Barbican in London in April.

It will begin touring at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on February 26, before visiting locations including Blackpool, Brighton, Malvern, Truro, Darlington and Cambridge. The Barbican will host the show for two weeks from April 27.

Originally staged at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the play is adapted by Foley and Phil Porter and has design by Alice Power. Sound and music is by Ben and Max Ringham. Casting has yet to be announced.

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said: “It is great news that after its successful run last year in the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon we have the chance to share Sean Foley’s wonderfully fresh production.

“English Touring Theatre are masters in taking shows, large and small, around the UK, and this production will be expanded from its original format but will retain the incredible skill and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of RSC work.”


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