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RSC Tales For Winter: From Our Place To Yours

RSC Tales For Winter: From Our Place To Yours
By Michelle Sciarrotta

While Shakespeare live shows have been a rare privilege during a year of lockdowns and restrictions on the Arts world, we are grateful to see the RSC is continuing to offer a programme of online events for worldwide audiences. The RSC has created Tales For Winter, “a series of stripped back events, celebrating the essence of live theatre: an actor, a stage and a story”, that will be streamed live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon throughout January 2021.

Tales For Winter – The Shows

Swingin’ The Dream

Presented by Kwama Kwei-Armah, Swingin’ The Dream tells the story of an intriguing Broadway musical adaptation of Shakespeare. This jazz-infused version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened in 1939 with a heady mixture of talent, including Louis Armstrong and Maxine Sullivan, and musical contributions from Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

We team up with London’s Young Vic and Theatre for a New Audience (New York) to swing into the new year in style. Meet the Swingin’ The Dream cast and creatives.

Swingin’ The Dream will be live streamed on Saturday 9th January at 7pm GMT.

Tickets are ÂŁ10 and can be booked here.

Tales From Shakespeare

The celebrated author Michael Morpurgo’s fresh retellings of these timeless stories are aimed at young people aged six to 16. The former Children’s Laureate relocates Shakespeare’s characters to contemporary settings, unlocking the vivid drama at the heart of the tales.

Michael Morpurgo’s Tales From Shakespeare will be streamed free into UK schools at 11am every Friday for five weeks, then made available for anyone to buy and watch for up to seven days from the following Monday. Each performance runs for 45 minutes.

  • From 11 January – Michael Morpurgo’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • From 18 January – Michael Morpurgo’s Romeo and Juliet
  • From 25 January – Michael Morpurgo’s The Tempest
  • From 1 February – Michael Morpurgo’s Macbeth
  • From 8 February – Michael Morpurgo’s The Winter’s Tale

Tickets are ÂŁ5 each, or you can buy all five for ÂŁ20 here, and register for schools here.

Young Bloods

Taken from the plays of William Shakespeare, this event is directed by Tinuke Craig.

“Now all the youth of England are on fire”

For this special event, we put power into the hands of young people as we appoint members of our Next Generation Act Company and our Youth Advisory Board as RSC Artistic Directors. Our RSC acting company will perform extracts from Shakespeare’s plays selected by our young people which showcase the voices, priorities and experiences which resonate for them today.

Young Bloods will be streamed on Saturday 16th January, at 7pm GMT.

Tickets are ÂŁ10 and can be booked here.

Watch live or catch up later

Each of the Tales For Winter will be available to watch again for seven days after the event. Ticket sales close when the live event begins, so tickets must be booked before the live show starts, even if you plan to watch the show on catch up later.

The RSC reassures the public that they are following government guidelines on social distancing, and that all throughout their building is wearing a face mask. They outline the one-way systems are in place along with additional cleaning in the building.


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Also by Michelle Sciarrotta:

Accessibility At The Smith Center Series: Part One

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