A musical adaptation of the novel The Magician’s Elephant and a staging of The Wars of the Roses will feature in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s winter season.
The show, described as a heartbreaking and darkly magical story for family audiences, will be staged at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon this Christmas, directed by Sarah Tipple.
It opens on October 29 and will run throughout the festive period until January 17, 2021.
The season will also see Owen Horsley direct The Wars of the Roses with artistic director Gregory Doran.
Told across two parts, the production will comprise Henry VI Parts 1,2 and 3, and form part of Doran’s ambition to stage every Shakespeare play during his tenure.
He said: “When I became artistic director, I wanted to stage every Shakespeare play in the canon once. We are more than two thirds of the way through that journey, which will conclude at the end of 2021.
“If you want to understand the dangerous world we live in, with its divisive politics, the rise of demagoguery and the threat of despotism, then you need look no further than Shakespeare’s early history plays.”
The Wars of the Roses will run in the Swan Theatre from October 10 to January 2, 2021.
The RSC has also announced a new version of Twelfth Night as part of its First Encounters with Shakespeare series, which creates edited versions of the plays for schools.
Robin Belfield has edited Twelfth Night and will also direct the show, which opens at local schools ahead of performances in the Swan. It will then tour to RSC partner schools and regional theatres in England.