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Jenny Stavaeus presents her experience of the RSC’s Histories cycle, at the Courtyard Theatre in March, ahead of the London transfer to the Roundhouse from 1 April – 25 May 2008.

Experience the RSC Histories Cycle in London

Stavaeus survived the marathon last month in Stratford-upon-Avon. London audiences can now see the plays in rep at the Roundhouse until 25 May. For those with enough stamina, there are two more opportunities to see all eight back-to-back (11-18 and … Continue reading

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The RSC Histories cycle: final thoughts

What an exhausting but at the same time thrilling experience it has been. The quality of the productions has been consistently high, with some better than others, but not a bad one among them. It seems that the RSC has … Continue reading

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Bringing it to a close: R3

The last day of the cycle, and time for R3. The RSC doesn’t normally do Sunday performances, but this day marks one of the few exceptions to that rule. Everyone will still get a bit of a breather, as the … Continue reading

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The end is in our sights: 3H6

Saturday evening and the last play of the day, the third and final part of the H6 trilogy. Strange to think that this is the last time that any of these productions will be seen here in Stratford, where they … Continue reading

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The revenge of the ghosts: 2H6

The second play this Saturday, 2H6, is on paper one of the weakest of the Histories, so I was very curious to see how this would turn out, after being pleasantly surprised by the production of 1H6. It turns out … Continue reading

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The battle begins: 1H6

Saturday morning and we’re all starting to look a bit bleary-eyed, even if the buzz is still very much there. The “good morning” from the actor who came on before the play to caution us about mobiles was greeted by … Continue reading

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Reaching the halfway mark: H5

Time for the last play of the day, H5, which started slightly late. When Forbes Masson stepped onto the stage everyone expected him to give us the customary caution of switching off mobiles and the like, but I guess they … Continue reading

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The supporting cast steps forward: 2H4

By 3 pm everyone had rushed back for the start of the third play of the cycle, the second of the day, and we continued with 2H4. I must say that David Warner’s Falstaff is growing on me, I really … Continue reading

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Hollow at the heart: 1H4

The beginning of day two of the Histories cycle, and everyone was still looking bright-eyed as we turned up for 1H4, kicking off this long day at 10.30 am. This production left a mixed impression, and I’m genuinely wondering why … Continue reading

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And so it begins:R2

Thursday evening, and a flying start to the Histories cycle. There was a palpable buzz at the Courtyard Theatre even before the play started, with people milling about, live music in the circle bar, and all sorts of accents being … Continue reading

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