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06/01/03
Jacobeans Back With A Vengeance
- Long awaited encore for Royal Shakespeare Company

THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY has a hit on its hands in the form of five undiscovered Jacobean classics. Edward III, Eastward Ho!, The Roman Actor, The Island Princess and The Malcontent are now booking two months longer than expected until March 22 at the West End's Gielgud theatre.

The plays run in repertory and are produced by Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt. Starring Antony Sher, they transfer from the RSC's Swan Theatre in Stratford. The ambitious project, involving a cast of 28 and five separate directors, marks the RSC's first success in a long while.

Former artistic director Adrian Noble left the company in the lurch when he pulled the RSC out of its Barbican home, made plans to destroy the company's historic Stratford base and resigned in April 2002. In mounting the finest work of Shakespearean contemporaries such as Philip Massinger, George Chapman and Ben Jonson, the RSC has now won new audiences without losing its loyal following. The future looks surprisingly bright for the RSC's forthcoming production of Salmon Rushdie's Midnight's Children.




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