Last Updated on December 5, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
Royal Shakespeare Company Winter 2020 programme
With theatre and other creative industries among the hardest hit since the pandemic began, it’s great to learn how the Royal Shakespeare Company is doing everything it can to engage with audiences again, despite restrictions on staging live productions at full capacity with Tales for Winter.
Their new Winter 2020 programme includes a newly commissioned series of Tales for Winter running from Saturday 5 December 2020 to Saturday 23 January 2021. The full programme of events was due to be performed to a reduced-capacity, socially-distanced audience in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with many performances being streamed to enable people further afield to take part.
Following the latest government guidelines, the RSC will now offer live-stream only versions of all shows taking place between Saturday 5 and Saturday 12 December which will be available for one week after broadcast, with a view to welcoming audiences back to the theatre from Saturday 19 December. Full Covid-19 safety measures will be in place to make sure that up to 200 audience members can see events socially-distanced in a safe atmosphere, with the RSC welcome remaining as strong as ever.
I have been longing to get back to the theatre, it runs through my blood so I know just as soon as restrictions allow, I will be taking my seat again. But it’s also lovely to know that if you are not able to get to see a live show this Christmas the RSC’s live streaming events give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful work of this exceptional theatre company from the comfort of their homes. I was lucky enough to see The Boy in the Dress at RSC Stratford last year, and I can highly recommend catching the celebration of this magical musical, perfect watching for all the family.
Here’s what’s coming up in this winter’s season of events:
Each of the Tales For Winter will be available for you to watch again for seven days after the event. Ticket sales close when the live event begins, so you’ll need to book your ticket before the live show starts, even if you want to catch up later.
THE BOY IN THE DRESS
David Walliams returns to read from his much-loved book, The Boy in the Dress. A moment of musical magic with songwriter Guy Chambers and original performers from our hit 2019 musical adaptation launches the cast recording, which you can pre-order from the RSC Shop now. See the cast and creatives for The Boy in the Dress: A Celebration.
Saturday 5 December, 7pm GMT – watch online only – £10
Weaving a patchwork of sources, Gregory Doran directs the thrilling story of the Trojan War. Across one epic day, RSC actors recount the Troy Story in five live-streamed parts (around an hour each). Meet the Troy Story cast and creatives.
Saturday 12 December – watch online only (GMT)
• 10am The Rage of Achilles
• 12.30pm The Death of Hector
• 3pm The Wooden Horse
• 5.30pm Cyclops and Sirens
• 8pm The Hero Returns
An evening of music and reflection to welcome the festive season and connect with the Royal Shakespeare Community.
Saturday 19 December 7pm GMT (BSL interpreted) – watch online
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with an eclectic programme of carols, songs and festive readings, including extracts from past productions. £10
Find out more about Tales for Winter season.
For further information about in-person and online events at the RSC this Winter, click here