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Shakespeare heads to Newcastle

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The Royal Shakespeare Company is returning to Newcastle Theatre Royal this autumn following a successful season last year. The 2014 season features a trio of new productions – Henry IV, Part I (25 September – 4 October) and Henry IV, Part II (26 September – 4 October) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (7 - 11 October).** **Before arriving in Newcastle The Two Gentlemen of Verona_ will be performed on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage for the first time in 45 years.

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“I’m thrilled to welcome back the RSC for what will be another fantastic season – it’s great news, and a very popular trio of shows. Henry IV Part I and Part II follow on from the magnificent Richard ll in what is a series of Shakespeare's History plays directed by Gregory Doran, so I’m eager to see what he has in store for us with these two new productions. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare's rarely performed comedies so this will be a special treat and I’m sure our audience will love it. The RSC is a truly iconic company and it is an honour to have them return to their northern home”_

– Philip Bernays, Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal
Antony Sher - Henry IV Part I

“I’m delighted that we’ll be visiting the Theatre Royal, Newcastle later this year with my own productions of Henry IV, Parts I and II, featuring Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly. We’re also bringing a special treat in the shape of Simon Godwin’s take on the rarely seen comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It’s over 20 years since we performed Henry IV at the Theatre Royal, and over 30 years in the case of Two Gentlemen, so we hope audiences in the North East will the opportunity to see work that we haven’t brought to the area for a while. _


“Newcastle is a special place for the RSC, with audiences responding with genuine warmth to our visits. I have always enjoyed being in the city, most recently with my production of Julius Caesar in 2012. Last year our highly successful season at the Theatre Royal, with Hamlet, As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well, created a real buzz, and I can’t wait for us to return in the autumn.”_

– Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC