The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director Greg Doran and Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman take a look back at the company’s year under COVID-19 in RSC: The Bard, the Theatre and a Pandemic, an episode in the BBC World Service series In The Studio.
With a star studded cast including David Tennant and Noma Dumezweni, and a backstage team featuring creatives from the company, In The Studio presents the tale of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2020 as a global pandemic brought the curtain down on productions from this major British theatre organisation.
The episode is available to hear via BBC Sounds: listen here.
The annual million plus ticket sales of the RSC’s shows in Stratford-upon-Avon, London’s West End and touring productions all over the world dried up overnight - threatening the organisation’s future. The BBC’s Karl Bos has been following the RSC over several months to find out how they are adapting to the ‘new normal’ - moving their huge international education programmes online and finding innovative ways to keep performing in a digital space. All the while, waiting for news on a crucial government loan that will affect the shape of the organisation.
Shakespeare himself was no stranger to pandemics - the theatres were closed for long stretches in his lifetime due to the plague. We'll hear how the Great Bard's words have helped these theatre makers make it through a difficult year and how they've been plotting ways to get back onstage amidst constantly changing restrictions.
RSC: The Bard, the Theatre and a Pandemic is presented by Karl Bos and produced by Karl Bos and Ella-mai Robey for the BBC World Service.