Summer Season

Summer has pretty much ended (some say it never began) but as the season draws to a close, minds turn to future months. And so it is that the RSC have announced the line-up for their 2015 Summer Season. As the trailer below shows, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre will feature Shakespeare’s ‘two great Venetian tragedies’ Othello and The Merchant of Venice and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. In the Swan, John Ford’s Othello-influenced Love’s Sacrifice gets an extremely rare outing and is performed alongside Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta (an influence on The Merchant of Venice) and Ben Jonson’s wonderful Volpone, which will be directed by Trevor Nunn. Additionally, 1 and 2 Henry IV and Henry V will be condensed into a single play and performed at the Swan and on tour. Curiously, the production will be entitled The Famous Victories of Henry V, which is, in fact, already the name of an early modern play, performed, in the 1580s, by the Queen’s Men.

I like the balance of the new season and the potential for interaction between the different productions (as well Othello and Love’s Sacrifice, and The Merchant of Venice and The Jew of MaltaVolpone is sure to be seen in interesting light next to Death of a Salesman). It’ll also be fascinating to see Love’s Sacrifice, especially given the mini-Ford resurgence at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, where ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Broken Heart are each to be performed.

Famous Victories

The Famous Victories of Henry V: NOT being performed at a theatre near you…

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