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RSC to stage first gender-balanced production as part of winter season

The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Victor Maschek The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Victor Maschek
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The Royal Shakespeare Company is to stage its first full-length Shakespeare play to feature a gender-balanced cast, with a staging of Troilus and Cressida that forms part of its winter season.

The season also sees the return of former artistic director Michael Boyd, who will direct Tamburlaine, by Christopher Marlowe.

Doran will direct the Troilus and Cressida at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which will have music by percussionist Evelyn Glennie and will be dedicated to the memory of the RSC’s co-founder John Barton, who died last week.

Doran said: “We bring a gender-balanced cast to this testosterone-fuelled play on our main stage, exploring and challenging gender conventions for every character.”

The new line-up also includes a revival of David Edgar’s A Christmas Carol, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, also in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

In the Swan Theatre, productions will include Boyd’s production of Tamburlaine and Moliere’s Tartuffe, in a new version by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, directed by Iqbal Khan. The play will be set in Birmingham’s Pakistani Muslim community.

The Swan Theatre will also stage Timon of Athens. Simon Godwin will direct this production, which will star Kathryn Hunter in the title role.

In March, the theatre company will also partner with the Telegraph to launch a new series of podcasts, Much Ado About Shakespeare, which will feature interviews and behind-the-scenes insight into the RSC.

Doran has also announced a new £10 ticket scheme, aimed at people who have never been to the RSC before. The offer is open to people who are new to the RSC’s database, and customers will be able to buy up to two tickets for a show of their choice for any Friday show.

Season at a glance:

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
Directed by Gregory Doran
October 12 to November 17, with press night on October 18

A Christmas Carol by David Edgar
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh
December 4 to January 20, with press night on December 6

Swan Theatre

Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Michael Boyd
August 16 to December 1, with press night on August 23

Tartuffe by Moliere, adapted by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto
Directed by Iqbal Khan
December 7 to February 22, with press night on December 13

Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Godwin
December 7 to February 22, 2018, with press night on December 13



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