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The Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican

Season preview

THE Royal Shakespeare Company is bringing three productions to the Barbican Theatre – As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure.

As You Like It runs from Saturday, October 26, 2019 to Saturday, January 18, 2020.

In Kimberley Sykes’ playful and imaginative take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, all the world really is a stage.

Rosalind is banished, and with her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys to a world of exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from the Court into the Forest.

Blending physical comedy, music and storytelling, this As You Like It dares you to change your state of mind.

The cast includes David Ajao, Charlotte Arrowsmith, Patrick Brennan, Graeme Brookes, Antony Byrne, Richard Clews, Tom Dawze, Amelia Donkor, Laura Elsworthy, Sandy Grierson, Emily Johnstone, Karina Jones, Alex Jones, Sophie Khan Levy, Lucy Phelps, Sophie Stanton, Aaron Thiara and Leo Wan.

As You Like It has set design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, costumes and lighting by Bretta Gerecke, music by Tim Sutton, sound by Jonathan Ruddick, movement by Ayse Tashkiran, fights by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown and puppetry by Mervyn Millar.

The Taming of the Shrew runs from Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to Saturday, January 18, 2020.

The ultimate battle of the sexes is turned on its head in Justin Audibert’s production as the 1590s are reimagined – with women in charge.

In this radical take on Shakespeare’s fierce and energetic comedy of gender, Baptista Minola is seeking to marry off her two sons, the sweet-tempered Bianco and the rebellious Katherine. Cue: an explosive courtship and a keenly witty portrayal of hierarchy and power.

The cast includes Joseph Arkley, Charlotte Arrowsmith, Hannah Azuonye, Melody Brown, Richard Clews, James Cooney, Amelia Donkor, Laura Elsworthy, Amanda Harris, Emily Johnstone, Alex Jones, Alexander Mushore, Michael Patrick, Claire Price, Sophie Stanton, Aaron Thiara, Amy Trigg and Leo Wan.

The Taming of the Shrew has set design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, costumes by Hannah Clark, lighting by Matt Peel, music by Ruth Chan, sound by Claire Windsor, movement by Lucy Cullingford and fights by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

Measure for Measure runs from Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to Thursday, January 16, 2020.

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran (The Tempest, 2017; Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator, 2018) directs this new production of Measure for Measure, which was written in the early 1600s but feels even more urgent today.

The cast includes David Ajao, Joseph Arkley, Hannah Azuonye, Patrick Brennan, Melody Brown, Graeme Brookes, Antony Byrne, James Cooney, Tom Dawze, Sandy Grierson, Amanda Harris, Karina Jones, Sophie Khan Levy, Alexander Mushor, Michael Patrick, Lucy Phelps, Claire Price and Amy Trigg.

Measure for Measure is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with lighting by Simon Spencer, music by Paul Englishby, sound by Steven Atkinson, movement by Lucy Cullingford and fights by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7638 8891 or visit