Royal Shakespeare Company 2016 Season
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon marks a new collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Picturehouse Cinemas. Through live UK broadcasts they have taken the performances from Stratford-upon-Avon to the widest possible audience including students in the classroom.
PROGRAMME 2016 SEASON
Cymbeline is ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. Distracted by Innogen’s marriage Cymbeline is blind to the actions of a powerful figure behind the throne who is plotting to seize power by murdering them both. In exile Innogen’s husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful to him and in an act of impulsive jealously begins a scheme to have her murdered. Warned of the danger, Innogen runs away from court in disguise on a journey fraught with danger that will eventually reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.
October 22 + 23
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare.
November 26 + 27