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07/11/02
Rare Plays Come to the West End
- Little known classics from the RSC

THELMA HOLT and Bill Kenwright bring Jacobean and Elizabethan dramas to the West End from December 5. Five little known plays will be performed at the Gielgud theatre by a cast of 28 including Antony Sher and Claire Benedict.

Edward III, Eastward Ho!, the Roman Actor, the Island Princess and the Malcontent were premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan theatre in Stratford. Holt builds on her experience as the risk-taking producer who brought Noel Coward's unknown sketches to the West End last year. Her determination to showcase undiscovered classics should redeem a reputation tarnished by her disastrous presentation of a Japanese King Lear at the RSC two years ago.

The RSC also looks set to raise its profile, with a forthcoming production of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children that promises to enhance its reputation. There had been criticism of the RSC, prompted by former artistic director Adrian Noble's determination to replace the Swan theatre with a Shakespeare village.




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