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RSC vows to programme more work for deaf audiences

Scene from Snow in Midsummer at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Ikin Yumi
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The Royal Shakespeare Company is to expand its work for deaf audiences, unveiling plans to programme more British Sign Language performances and tours.

The RSC will stage four semi-integrated BSL performances in its upcoming season. These will be for Snow in Midsummer, on March 21, double-bill The Earthworks and Myth, on June 13, and Julius Caesar, on August 14.

They will feature an interpreter as part of the show, working alongside the actors on stage and in costume.

There will also be BSL tours before each performance, giving audiences the chance to explore elements of the productions including wigs and costumes.

In addition, audiences will be invited to take part in an interpreted post-show talk.

Announcing the plans, RSC deputy artistic director Erica Whyman said: “I am very pleased and proud that we are extending our commitment to integrated British Sign Language performances. I have been committed for a long time to working with Deaf actors and with BSL interpreters to integrate sign language in a way that is accessible to a Deaf and hearing audience.”