Full casting has been announced for Christopher Luscombe’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (Love’s Labour’s Won) at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this autumn.
As part of a season marking the centenary of the First World War, both productions will play in repertoire at Stratford-upon-Avon.
They will also be broadcast live into cinemas worldwide and streamed free into schools.
Christopher Luscombe makes his RSC directorial debut having last appeared with the company as an actor in 1998.
He directs a single company of actors in a fresh pairing of two of Shakespeare’s comedies.
The productions will be set just before and just after the First World War in a splendid country house based on Charlecote Park in Warwickshire – four miles from the RSC.
Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry are returning to the RSC to play the lovers in both productions: Berowne and Rosaline, Benedick and Beatrice.
Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won cast includes: Sam Alexander, Peter Basham, William Belchambers, Edward Bennett, Nick Haverson, John Hodgkinson, David Horovitch, Tunji Kasim, Sophie Khan Levy, Oliver Lynes, Emma Manton, Chris McCalphy, Frances McNamee, Peter McGovern, Chris Nayak, Jamie Newall, Roderick Smith, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Michelle Terry, Harry Waller, Thomas Wheatley, and Leah Whitaker (Lost only).
Both productions will be broadcast “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon” to cinemas around the world, in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment, during the performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost on February 11 and of Love Labour’s Won March 4.
The productions will be streamed into schools in March and April 2015. This hugely popular initiative is made possible through collaboration with Ravensbourne College.
Alongside the webcast, the RSC will create an extensive package of online resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom, both in the lead up to the broadcast and for use as follow up materials afterwards.
Shakespeare teachers’ packs are available at www.rsc.org.uk/education/online-resources/shakespeare-teachers-pack.aspx