Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Co., with a fresh cash injection, will resume performing at London’s Barbican Center late in March after a hiatus that began Nov. 3.
The company’s main house, the Barbican Theater, relights March 27 with “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Its studio venue, the Pit, opens the night before with a new Richard Nelson play, “Two Shakespearean Actors.”
The RSC’s new artistic supremo, Adrian Noble, predicted a “golden age” for the 30-year-old company and said the Barbican recess will have saved £ 1.3 million ($2.47 million). The company withdrew from London but continued to perform at Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace.
The company recently got a 30% subsidy increase for 1991-92, but that figure includes a special grant of £ 1.35 million ($2.56 million), which the RSC is obliged to match from other sources. If it doesn’t get the money, its future in London again could be jeopardized.
“Two Shakespearean Actors,” which preemed last summer at Stratford, is the third Nelson work originated by the company. The others were “Principia Scriptoriae” and “Some Americans Abroad.” The new play is about the rivalry of 19th century actor-managers Edwin Forrest and William Macready, and a riot at a New York theater that claimed 34 lives.