RSC postpones 2020 performances to next year

Image from A Winter's Tale.
A Winter’s Tale 2013. Photo by Sheila Burnett (c) RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has decided to postpone all remaining planned performances of The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors scheduled for the 2020 summer season, as well as postponing or cancelling its autumn and winter schedule. This is due to the continuing lockdown, as well as Government advice that social distancing will need to remain in place for some time.

This decision means the cancellation of RSC’s planned autumn residency at the Barbican Theatre in London. They are, however, exploring the possibility of re-opening the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in the autumn. This would hold new events and re-scheduled performances of The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors. Further details will be announced in the coming months.

Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director and Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director, said:

‘These are the most difficult times for all theatres and arts venues, whether big or small. It is incredibly sad to see our theatres and those of our partner theatres around the country closed at this time. We continue to do everything we can to bring them back to life as soon as possible, so we can welcome back our audiences to share the experience of live theatre with them. We can only do this when it is safe, and when social distancing restrictions are lifted, making it financially viable for us to do so. ‘

The company has furloughed 90% of employees but continues to offer entertainment and learning resources online and in partnership with BBC Culture in Quarantine.

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