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RSC, Picturehouse to broadcast live productions

Richard II, starring David Tennant [pictured], will be the first of three RSC Shakespeare plays to be filmed live during the next year.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is collaborating with Picturehouse Entertainment to screen its productions live from Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon.

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran’s Richard II will be the first of three RSC Shakespeare plays to be filmed live during the next year. The production, starring David Tennant in the lead role, will be filmed on Nov 13 and simultaneously screened into over 100 cinemas around the country and also available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.

On Nov 15, the production will also be streamed into up to 1,000 schools, reaching an estimated 60,000 students through a collaboration with Ravensbourne College and the Janet Network.

Doran commented: “I have enjoyed a long and creative relationship with John Wyver and his company, Illuminations, working on filmed versions of my past RSC productions of Macbeth, Hamlet and Julius Caesar, and I’m looking forward to these new broadcasts, which are part of our commitment to celebrate our ‘one-room spaces’ in Stratford and capture the thrill of sitting in the audience and experiencing theatre live.”

He continued: ”Through a brand new partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, who have a great track record in screening the arts live, we can share the RSC’s contemporary interpretations of our house playwright across the UK and around the world, direct from Shakespeare’s home town.”

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