The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Mischief Festival continues this autumn with Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard new devised piece, Kingdom Come.
Kingdom Come is set in 1640, at the bitter end of one political order and in the struggle towards something new.
Parliament is rebellious. There are mobs on London’s streets. England, Ireland and Scotland are on the brink of a devastating civil war.
In Whitehall, supported by the newest theatrical machinery, King Charles I is playing a god.
As the world turns upside down women preach, poor men lead, and radical ideas illuminate the carnage. But the puritan state starts to tighten its grip, and making theatre could soon be a capital offence.
Deputy artistic director, Erica Whyman said: “I am delighted that the RSC has had the opportunity to collaborate with Gemma, Wendy and their team.
“They are theatre artists whose work I have known and admired for a long time, and Kingdom Come looks set to be properly ambitious, rich, visceral and thoughtful and quite unlike anything else you will see here this autumn.
“They are true Mischief-makers.”
The company includes Nigel Barrett (Cyrano de Bergerac/Northern Stage and Every One/BAC); Emmanuella Cole (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again./RSC); Lucy Ellinson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation/RSC); Solomon Israel (What Country Friends Is This?/RSC and The Pulverised/Arcola); Tom Lyall (Associate Artist Shunt) and Madeleine Worrall (The Tempest/RSC and Peter Pan and Jane Eyre/National Theatre).
Gemma Brockis is a founder member of pioneering immersive theatre company Shunt. She is also a director, writer and performer.
Wendy Hubbard is a director and dramaturg. whose recent directing work includes Chris Goode’s Men in the Cities (Royal Court 2015).
Kingdom Come runs at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon from September 7 – 30 September. It is accompanied by a series of talks and events.