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Stratford-upon-Avon, GBR: The Shaw Festival’s Tim Carroll and Kimberley Rampersad to direct at the RSC this year

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

The RSC’s new Co-Artistic Directors, Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey have announced their first RSC season of work, with eight Shakespeare plays, three world premieres, a European premiere, a UK premiere, two major revivals and two visiting productions.

The new season looks ahead to a full year across all of the Stratford-upon-Avon theatres: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Swan Theatre, The Other Place and the re-opening of our popular outdoor performance space, The Holloway Garden Theatre.

This year both the Artistic Director and the Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival will be directing plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

At ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE Broadway favorite John Douglas Thompson will make his RSC debut playing the title role in Shakespeare's Othello in the latter half of the upcoming season, with dates to be announced. Thompson will co-star alongside Will Keen as Iago and Juliet Rylance as Desdemona, with Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll at the helm.

For the Shaw Festival, Carroll has directed The Importance of Being Earnest (2022), Desire Under the Elms, Flush and Charley’s Aunt (2021), Victory and The Ladykillers (2019), Henry V and The Magician’s Nephew (2018), Androcles and the Lion and Saint Joan (2017). At the Stratford Festival he lead The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2016), King John (2014), Romeo and Juliet (2013) and Peter Pan (2010). In 2013 he directed Twelfth Night on Broadway for which he won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play.

At SWAN THEATRE Shaw Festival Associate Artistic Director Kimberley Rampersad directs a magical new staging of the classic fairy tale The Red Shoes for families, adapted by Nancy Harris with music by Marc Teitler.

For the Shaw Festival Rampersad has directed The Amen Corner (2023) Chitra (2022), Man and Superman (2019) and O’Flaherty V.C. (2018). At the Stratford Festival she directed King Lear (2023) and Serving Elizabeth (2021).

This year at the Shaw Festival Carroll and Rampersad will co-direct My Fair Lady running May 4 through December 22, with Rampersad also as choreographer.

For more information about the RSC’s 2024 season, visit