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The RSC’s New Season announced, March-Sept 2018

First ever line-up of all-female directors for the RSC's New Season next year.

Shakespeare’s psychological thriller marks Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and Niamh Cusack’s return to the company. Photo by Paul Stuart (c) RSC

Excitement is already building about the RSC’s new season as former Dr Who Christopher Eccleston makes his RSC debut in Macbeth with Niamh Cusack.

And even more ground-breaking is the brilliant news that all new season plays at the RST and The Swan, will be directed by women – Polly Findlay, Erica Whyman, Fiona Laird, Maria Aberg and Jo Davies. Erica Whyman, the company’s deputy artistic director, will direct Romeo and Juliet, while The Merry Wives of Windsor, is to be directed by Fiona Laird and starring David Troughton – who received rave reviews for his Titus Andronicus – as Falstaff.

Clockwise from top left: Fiona Laird (photo: c, the artist); Maria Aberg in rehearsals (photo: Keith Pattison (c) RSC); Polly Findlay (Photo: Johan Persson); Jo Davies (photo: c, the artist) and Erica Whyman (Photo: Ellie Kurttz, (c) RSC).

Erica will also direct Miss Littlewood, a musical based on the life of theatre director Joan Littlewood; Maria Aberg will direct a new production of Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi; and Davies will direct The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, a little known comedy by 17th Century playwright Mary Rix. Gregory Doran’s critically-acclaimed King Lear starring Sir Antony Sher will be reprised for just three-weeks next May.

Photo by DJ Barber (c) DJ Barber

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