King & Country - RSC at the Barbican

London theatre news: Friday 8 January 2016

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The RSC's residency at the Barbican culminates this month with a major theatreical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - its complete cycle of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V in repertoire.

This year marks the 400th anniversary (or quatercentenary) of Shakespeare's death.

To mark the occastion, the Royal Shakespeare Comapny (RSC) is presenting its production entitled 'King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings' at the Barbican Theatre, London, from 12 - 24 January 2016.

David Tennant returns to the Barbican, reprising the title role in Richard II, joined by Antony Sher and Jasper Britton as Falstaff and Henry IV respectively in Henry IV Parts I & II. Alex Hassell plays the title role in Henry V following his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II.

RSC Shakespeare On Screen

Also at the Barbican, from 9 – 31 January 2016, there will be a cinematic programme which will uncover highlights from 50 years of Shakespeare in performance, captured on stage or reconceived for film or television.

Titles include Trevor Nunn’s iconic 1979 production of Macbeth with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, originally performed at The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Gregory Doran’s production of Hamlet, filmed on location, with David Tennant in the title role.

More information from the Barbican film website.

Barbican Theatre entrance, London.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015

You can find out more about the various other celebrations and events planned to mark the quatercentenary of Shakespeare's death by checking-out the Shakespeare 400 website - link given below.


Royal Shakespeare Company

Barbican Theatre

Shakespeare 400

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