Where to be or not to be

While the National struggles to satisfy its critics and find new audiences, British theaterís other flagship is planning some modernizations of its own. The 41-year-old Royal Shakespeare Company, currently in dual residency at Stratford-Upon-Avon and Londonís Barbican Centre, has announced an ambitious agenda of relocation and innovation for the coming year.

The RSC will give up its ensemble residency at the Barbican, instead moving in and out of various London theaters for specific plays. Productions will no longer have to run in repertoire for the standard 18 months, a change intended to accommodate short stand-alone runs for star players...

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