Students showcase Richard III at Shakespeare’s birthplace

Posted by ap507 at Nov 26, 2014 12:35 AM |
Leicester University Theatre performers to perform extracts from Richard III at the RSC on Sunday 7 December
Students showcase Richard III at Shakespeare’s birthplace

Richard (Jordan Sutton) addresses his army before the Battle of Bosworth

Leicester University Theatre is one of several amateur companies invited by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to perform at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of the RSC’s Open Stages initiative.

LUTheatre’s production of Richard III was staged earlier this year at Leicester Cathedral – which will see the reinterment of King Richard’s remains in March 2015.  In a bold visual interpretation, LUTheatre presented Shakespeare’s play as game of chess – with 32 actors performing on a 20ft chessboard.

This event is possible thanks to the Open Stages initiative, which supports amateur theatre companies from across the region by inviting them to produce their own Shakespeare or Shakespeare-inspired productions.

The RSC’s Courtyard Theatre boasts over 1,000 seats and the lineup will also include Consensus Opera with The Touches of Sweet Harmony, The Cotswold Players with Romeo and Juliet and Rugby Theatre with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

‘Open Stages’— the UK’s largest amateur theatre project—will see Shakespeare staged in places as diverse as quarries and shopping centres, with performers from all walks of life taking the stage. The project involves 100 companies and over 3,000 individuals, and full productions will continue to take place until April 2015.

The performances will take place at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 7 December at 7.00pm.

Tickets are £8 and can be purchased by calling 0844 800 1110 or book online via the RSC Website.