The Other Place for Midsummer Mischief at The Royal Shakespeare Company.

E.V. Crowe, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Abi Zakarian, Alice Birch
E.V. Crowe, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Abi Zakarian and Alice Birch

It won’t quite be a tin hut but the spirit of The Other Place, the original studio performance space for experimental theatre at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, lives on this year with the Midsummer Mischief Festival.

Casting has been announced for the four new plays to be performed at the festival before transferring to The Royal Court Theatre’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in London.

The event has been inspired by the original ethos and spirit of The Other Place under the leadership of the late and much respected inspirational RSC director Buzz Goodbody.

The plays will be performed in repertoire in a purpose-built temporary studio on the current Courtyard Theatre stage from June 14–July 12.

The plays are presented in two programmes:

PROGRAMME A: Directed by Erica Whyman is The Ant and the Cicada by Timberlake Wertenbaker; and Revolt. She said. Revolt again by Alice Birch

PROGRAMME B: Directed by Jo McInnes is I can hear you by E. V. Crowe; and This is not an exit by Abi Zakarian.

The productions will be cross cast. The cast includes Robert Boulter, John Bowe, Scarlett Brookes, Ruth Gemmell, Julie Legrand and Mimi Ndiweni.

Throughout the festival there will be a free exhibition in the foyer of The Courtyard Theatre commemorating the 40th anniversary of the opening of The Other Place.

The installation will return audiences to the original spirit of The Other Place exploring Buzz Goodbody’s radical work, her theatre manifesto and the reasoning behind creating a theatre in a small tin shed in 1974.

There will also be a series of events running alongside the performances and exhibition.

A full schedule for Midsummer Mischief can be found at

Tickets went on sale at the Royal Court yesterday.

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