News for Jul. 12, 2005

British company to perform every word from the Bard

7/12/05, 8:47 pm EST - Xoanon

The Royal Shakespeare Company in Britain will embark on a year-long project to stage every play, sonnet and poem ever written by William Shakespeare. All of it will be presented at Stratford-upon-Avon starting April 2006 and ending April 2007. Michael Boyd, artistic director of the company, called it the "most extensive celebration of Shakespeare's genius." The RSC announced details of the massive project on Monday with big name talent to attract an estimated 600,000 visitors Dame Judy Dench will perform in a new musical adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir Ian McKellen will execute the title role in King Lear while Patrick Stewart will take the stage in The Tempest. [More]