Repertory Shakespeare Comes to NYC

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Shakespeare buffs will probably be delighted to know that the Royal Shakespeare Company is planning to come to New York City for six weeks next summer.

The company plans to bring its entire theatre and more than 100 players, artists and musicians to the Park Avenue Armory for the Lincoln Center's summer 2011 festival. The company will construct a replica of its Stratford-upon-Avon stage inside the armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall and put on a selection of five plays from its current repertoire of Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale.

But does New York City need more William Shakespeare performances in the summer? And how will the Lincoln Center Festival raise the millions of dollars in this economic climate to bring such an elaborate production to New York? WNYC's Kerry Nolan gets some answers from Elisabeth Vincentelli, theatre critic for The New York Post.

The Royal Shakespeare Company theatre is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The company will bring over 100 players, artists and musicians to New York for Lincoln Center's summer 2011 festival.
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The Royal Shakespeare Company theatre is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The company will bring over 100 players, artists and musicians to New York for Lincoln Center's summer 2011 festival.
The company will put on five plays in its current repertoire for the Lincoln Center Festival. Here, Sam Troughton plays Marcus Brutus with Hannah Young as Portia in
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The company will put on five plays in its current repertoire for the Lincoln Center Festival. Here, Sam Troughton plays Marcus Brutus with Hannah Young as Portia in "Julius Caesar."
In
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In "The Winter's Tale," Greg Hicks plays Leontes and Kelly Hunter plays Hermione.
Katy Stephens plays Rosalind and Jonjo O'Neill plays Orlando in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of
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Katy Stephens plays Rosalind and Jonjo O'Neill plays Orlando in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "As You Like It."
Here's what the Stratford-upon-Avon theatre might look like after it's constructed in the armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
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Here's what the Stratford-upon-Avon theatre might look like after it's constructed in the armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
Millions will be spent on constructing the stage inside Manhattan's Park Avenue Armory.
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Millions will be spent on constructing the stage inside Manhattan's Park Avenue Armory.

Guests:

Elisabeth Vincentelli

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson
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