Royal Shakespeare Company says more than 150 roles at risk due to pandemic

RSC aims to open its biggest Stratford theatre in December, but two other venues will remain closed until 2022

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to keep two of its theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon closed until 2022 and has begun a formal consultation process with its workforce, with more than 150 roles at risk.

While the RSC’s smaller stages, the Swan and the Other Place, will remain shut, the organisation is to reopen its Royal Shakespeare theatre for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic closed venues in March. A number of yet-to-be-announced socially distanced performances in the theatre in December and January will be live-streamed. The RSC hopes to stage its postponed productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors in the Royal Shakespeare theatre next year, as well as the previously announced musical The Magician’s Elephant, which is due to open in November 2021. The RSC also plans more free outdoor activity later this year, following its successful summer performances of sonnets and speeches in the Dell Gardens in Stratford. Full details of both indoor and outdoor performances are to be announced in November.

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