RSC goes live with outdoor Comedy of Errors

Published: 12 March 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Reworking The Comedy of Errors for a new outdoor theatre: director Phillip Breen

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to restart live performances in Stratford, beginning with an outdoor production of The Comedy of Errors.

The company will stage the play in the Garden Theatre, a specially constructed outdoor performance space located in the Swan Gardens, flanked by the River Avon and overlooked by the Swan Theatre.

The RSC was due to begin performances of The Comedy of Errors in April 2020 but they had to be postponed because of the COVID pandemic.

Director Phillip Breen will rework the play for outdoor performances. Casting and a full performance schedule will be announced in April.

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said, “the outdoor theatre gives us the security that we can perform to good-sized audiences as we emerge from the pandemic and prepare for news on the government roadmap's 'no earlier than' dates.

"Alongside our colleagues across the industry, we’ll play our part in the recovery of our towns and cities and the wellbeing of our communities, and we can’t wait to welcome audiences back."