RSC productions rescheduled until winter 2021

Published: 15 July 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Mark Teitler and Nancy Harris in a workshop for The Magician's Elephant Credit: Sam Allard

The Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed performance dates for The Magician's Elephant and The Wars of The Roses Parts 1 and 2 which have been rescheduled for winter 2021.

The productions, which were originally due to run from October 2020 until January 2021, were postponed due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

The RSC intends to reopen the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with The Winter's Tale and The Comedy of Errors as soon as possible. This remains dependent on government advice on social distancing and on whether it is financially viable for the company to perform to audiences inside its theatres.

Artistic director Gregory Doran said, "while we continue to explore every opportunity to open our Stratford buildings as soon as we possibly can, ideally later this year, I'm pleased to share this hopeful news of the confirmed schedule for our winter 2021 season."

The Magician's Elephant, a new adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's children's book by Nancy Harris (book and lyrics) and Marc Teitler (music and lyrics) will run from Thursday 14 October 2021 until Saturday 1 January 2022.

The three Henry VI plays will be presented by one company of actors across two performances in a newly configured Swan Theatre from Friday 24 September 2021 until Saturday 1 January 2022.

The RSC First Encounters with Shakespeare series will return in September 2021 with a new production of Twelfth Night directed and edited by Robin Belfield. It will open in Warwickshire schools before going on a seven-week tour of schools and regional theatres across England.