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The Barbican and RSC announce three-year collaboration

David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Doctor Who

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THE Barbican and the RSC have announced a three-year collaboration, which begins this autumn with the much-anticipated Richard II with David Tennant, continues in 2014/15 with Henry IV, Parts I & II and concludes in 2015/16.

Alongside the plays both organisations will collaborate to realise an extensive creative learning programme over the three years.

The RSC Education and Events departments will work in partnership with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning to engage and excite new and existing audiences; including pre- and post-show events, intensive weekend laboratories for emerging artists, conferences and workshops for students and teachers and special projects in east London schools and communities.

The three-year collaboration begins with the transfer of Richard II to the Barbican (December 9, 2013 to January 25, 2014), which sees David Tennant in the title role, under the direction of Gregory Doran. The production will also be filmed from Stratford-upon-Avon on November 13, 2013 and simultaneously screened into 100 cinemas around the country – including at the Barbican – whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.

In addition, Richard II audiences will be able to enjoy Costume Craft inside the Barbican Theatre’s foyer, an illuminating display that follows the journey of how a costume is made and maintained by the RSC’s Costume Department, from first fitting to final performance, drawn from the RSC’s In Stitches exhibition in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Henry IV, Parts I & II will be performed at the Barbican in December 2014, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and subsequent UK tour. The production will also be directed by Gregory Doran, who continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays.

RSC Associate Artist, Antony Sher, returns to the RSC to play the infamous knight Falstaff, while Alex Hassell also returns as Prince Hal. Tickets for the Barbican run of Henry IV, Parts I & II go on sale in spring 2014.

Details of productions in 2015 will be announced in 2014.

Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre at the Barbican said: “Our Theatre and Dance programme has built a reputation of bringing high-quality Shakespeare to London audiences and we have a long history of working with internationally renowned companies. We are delighted to be able to announce that our relationship with the RSC will continue beyond Richard II with more brilliant plays and with both organisations’ education departments working together to realise an exciting and unified creative learning programme.”

Autumn 2013 and beyond at the Barbican.

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