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Michael Boyd launches final RSC season

11th July 2012

Michael Boyd's final season as director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is set to be the most spectacular yet, with a packed programme of events planned to coincide with the World Shakespeare Festival and the RSC's 50th birthday.

After taking over the reigns in 2002, Boyd has overseen one of the most successful periods in the RSC's history, but will step down as director in September to make way for Gregory Doran, current chief associate director at the organisation.

Before departing, Boyd has put together what he feels is the most spectacular season yet for 2013, beginning in January with new productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet and The Winter's Tale at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The venue will also host performances of As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well, with all three productions set to be performed by a single, cross-cast company.

At the Swan Theatre, Tanika Gupta will make her RSC debut with her new play The Empress, which focuses on Queen Victoria's growing attachment to an Indian manservant, while writer-in-residence Mark Ravenhill has also created a new work inspired by Voltaire's Candide.

The latter will be part of another three-part repertoire, which will also include new productions of Titus Andronicus and Thomas Middleton's Jacobean comedy A Mad World, My Masters, which has never been performed at the RSC.

Boyd said he was 'very proud' to be programming his final season alongside many of the actors, choreographers and playwrights who have contributed to the RSC's success throughout his ten years as director at the organisation.

'The last twelve months, in which we've celebrated the RSC's 50th birthday in Stratford, opened the most awarded West End musical in history and launched the World Shakespeare Festival right across the UK point to the healthiest possible future for theatre,' he added.

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