The RSC marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 with a far-reaching national and international programme of productions and collaborations, celebrating the world’s most famous playwright and his legacy today.
King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings played at the Barbican Theatre, Nov 2015 to Jan 2016 - all four of Gregory Doran’s productions of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V played in repertoire for the first time, with most of the original cast. The RSC and Barbican Cinemas also hosted 'RSC Shakespeare on Film' alongside the season, celebrating classic productions from the archives.
The RSC made a historic tour in February 2016 to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Hong Kong Arts Festival with Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V, and kicked off its major ten year cultural exchange collaboration with translations of Chinese classics into English and performance-based translations of Shakespeare’s plays into Chinese, starting in the rehearsal room of Henry V. The RSC also collaborated with the British Council on a new education publication for Chinese and UK schools.
National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
18 – 21 February 2016
Shanghai Grand Theatre
25 – 28 February 2016
Hong Kong Arts Festival
4 – 13 March 2016
New York & USA:
The four plays making up King and Country – Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V – toured to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the culmination of this extraordinary theatrical journey. The Royal Shakespeare in America is presented in collaboration with The Ohio State University.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
24 March – 1 May 2016