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RSC to reopen the Other Place in 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company's home in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Peter Cook
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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Other Place theatre will reopen in 2016, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The company has also announced a five-year partnership with the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute.

Originally built in 1973 as a home for the RSC’s developmental and new work, the Other Place closed in 2006 to make way for the temporary Courtyard Theatre, which housed RSC productions while the main house was being redeveloped.

The new Other Place, which will be built within the external structure of the Courtyard, will include a 200-seat flexible studio theatre as well as two rehearsal rooms and a new home for the RSC’s costume store.

The venue will be led by RSC deputy artistic director Erica Whyman and will host two new work festivals a year as well as other RSC productions and research and development projects.

The RSC’s collaboration with the University of Birmingham will see three research projects take place each year that will develop the space as a centre for creative and academic exchange.

Whyman said: “I am hugely excited about re-imagining the Other Place as a vibrant, creative space, embodying the challenging and alternative spirit of the original. It will be an exemplary home for theatre artists, and a space where students, our actors, visiting theatre makers and our audiences can really feel part of the ‘engine room’ of the RSC.”

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