News: Celebrating Shakespeare Festival. Theatre Royal Nottingham.

CELEBRATING SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL coming soon at Theatre Royal Nottingham

To tie-in with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s visit to Nottingham, the Theatre Royal will be presenting a 10-day Celebrating Shakespeare Festival.

Centred around the RSC’s performances of Measure for Measure, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew, the Celebrating Shakespeare Festival will run from Monday 24 February to Saturday 7 March 2020, packed with an assortment of interactive workshops, mini lectures, comedy, storytelling sessions and musical performances, all celebrating Shakespeare’s enduring legacy.

The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall’s creative learning manager, David Longford, has carefully curated the festival programme to complement the RSC’s main stage productions.  He said: “With the RSC in residence for two weeks, this is a golden opportunity to use our smaller spaces to educate and have fun with all things Shakespeare.  We’ve got a professional development workshop with the fearless HandleBards, a comedy improv night, plus fascinating talks with Shakespeare scholars and with the RSC’s Artistic Director, Gregory Doran.

The venue has a really strong relationship with the RSC, including community group involvement with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2016 and with Romeo and Juliet in 2019. We are also a theatre partner with the RSC Associate Schools programme.  We are delighted that they have given their full support to the Celebrating Shakespeare Festival, helping us to create a fun and lively buzz around their much-anticipated visit in the Spring next year.”

A full programme of events for the Celebrating Shakespeare Festival are available to view here:


Celebrating Shakespeare Festival

Monday 24 February – Saturday 7 March 2020

10 days of performances and events celebrating the work of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Inspiration

Monday 24 February 2020 7.30pm, Theatre Royal Dress Circle Bar

Tickets £11.50

Storytellers Nicky Rafferty and Mike Payton bring you some of the beautiful and traditional tales that inspired Will to pick up his quill.

Shakespeare’s Songs

Tuesday 25 February 2020 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Dress Circle Bar
Tickets £11.50

With work by composers such as Schubert, Arne, Haydn and Verdi, Tim Lole (piano) and Gary Magee (baritone) present a sumptuous evening recital of music inspired by Shakespeare’s stories.

#MeToo and Measure For Measure

Wednesday 26 February 2020 6.30pm
Theatre Royal Upper Circle Foyer
Free Admission – Booking Required

In this pre-show talk, Dr Peter Kirwan from the University of Nottingham explores the relevance of Measure For Measure for a world where misconduct in public office is rarely out of the headlines.

Rosalind, Boy Actors & Shakespeare’s Women

Thursday 27 February 2020 6.30pm
Theatre Royal Upper Circle Foyer
Free Admission – Booking Required

Actor and Shakespeare scholar Rebecca Morris, explores cross-dressing and the role of women in Shakespeare’s canon in this pre-show talk.

Impromptu Shakespeare

Monday 2 March 2020 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Dress Circle Bar
Tickets £11.50

Featuring ingenious comedic improvisers, an entirely new Shakespeare play totally inspired by audience suggestions.

Sir Henry Irving & The Bells

Wednesday 4 March 2020 1pm
Theatre Royal Dress Circle Bar
Free Admission – Booking Required

A new one-man play written and performed by Mike Brown, exploring the legendary Shakespearean actor Sir Henry Irving and his lifelong obsession with the melodrama The Bells.

Behind the Scenes at the RSC’s Collections Department

Friday 6 March 2020 1pm

Theatre Royal Dress Circle Bar

Admission Free

RSC Exhibitions and Collections Officer, Robyn Greenwood presents this fascinating behind-the-scenes illustrated talk about the RSC’s Collection.  From dresses worn by Vivien Leigh to Sir Antony Sher’s humps, Robyn shares some of the highs and lows of caring for and interpreting one the world’s most significant Shakespeare and performance collections.

Q&A with Gregory Doran

Saturday 7 March 2020 12.15pm-1pm
Theatre Royal Upper Circle Bar
Admission Free – Booking Required

Discover more about Measure for Measure in our pre-show talk with RSC Artistic Director and director of Measure for Measure, Gregory Doran.

The HandleBards PD Workshop

Saturday 7 March 2020 9.30am-1pm
Royal Concert Hall Level 4
Tickets £14.50

The HandleBards take on Shakespeare is fast, funny and fearless. This physical drama workshop is for professionals and experienced community actors aged 18+.

RSC’s Measure For Measure, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew

Theatre Royal Nottingham

Wednesday 26 February 2020 7.30pm           Measure For Measure

Thursday 27 February 2020 7.30pm               As You Like It

Friday 28 February 2020 7.30pm                    As You Like It

Saturday 29 February 2020 1.30pm               As You Like It

Saturday 29 February 2020 7.30pm               Measure For Measure

Tuesday 3 March 2020 7.30pm                      Taming of the Shrew

Wednesday 4 March 2020 7.30pm                 Taming of the Shrew

Thursday 5 March 2020 1.30pm                     Taming of the Shrew

Thursday 5 March 2020 7.30pm                     As You Like it

Friday 6 March 2020 7.30pm                          Measure For Measure

Saturday 7 March 2020 1.30pm                     Measure For Measure

Saturday 7 March 2020 7.30pm                     Taming of the Shrew   

£10 – £35.50 plus discounts for Multiple bookings, Royal Members*, Under 16s, 16-25 year olds, Schools, and Groups

Box Office 0115 989 5555

*Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Royal Membership scheme offering ticket discounts, exclusive pre-sales, meet the cast nights and more

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