Doing its bit to spread the enjoyment and appreciation of Shakespeare’s plays round the country, the Stratford-upon-Avon based Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is in a long term partnership with our cherished Grand Theatre.
Together they’re putting Blackpool theatre talent centre stage through the Shakespeare Nation adult participation initiative. The initiative involves twelve other theatres, including the Theatre Royal, London and the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, around the country. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation supports this initiative, which aims to create a nation of Shakespeare and theatre-lovers, particularly among those who often have little or no experience of Shakespeare, with the intention to build a lasting relationship between communities and their theatres.
Now twelve of Blackpool’s talented thespians will have the opportunity to join twenty six professional actors performing the RSC’s latest production of Henry VI: Rebellion, during April and May 2022. This will show that there is plenty of performing talent in Blackpool.
This play hurtles through one of the most turbulent periods in English history, the conflagration that with the English Civil War, eventually formed the start of the modern English state. The first half of the play is made up of a series of group scenes each featuring a different group of eight to twelve characters representing the people of England. The second half includes a large pageant in which the people rise up in revolt as part of the infamous Jake Cade Rebellion.
Ruth Eastwood, Grand Theatre Chief Executive said:
“We are delighted that once again our Shakespeare Nation group has the opportunity to perform with one of the worlds’ greatest theatre companies. Blackpool Grand’s partnership with the RSC has developed over the years and many of our creative learning participants have had the opportunity to perform on Stratford’s renowned stage.”
Rehearsals will take place in the Blackpool area, working with RSC assistant directors and practitioners, with support from The Grand Theatre, Blackpool. The Blackpool participants will then rehearse and perform in Stratford for their selected performances from April onwards.
Why not take this as a cue to get more involved in our increasingly thriving local theatre?
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