Arts fest hosts company

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Royal Shakespeare Co.’s widely acclaimed production of “Macbeth,” starring Antony Sher and Harriet Walter, has been added to the previously announced slate of legit attractions for Connecticut’s fifth annual New Haven-based Intl. Festival of Arts & Ideas this summer. It will be the second year in a row that the RSC has played the fest.

Directed by RSC associate director Gregory Doran, this version of the Shakespearean tragedy “thrusts the play into a modern militaristic society without diminishing its theatricality,” according to the Guardian, which also claims it’s the RSC’s “best ‘Macbeth’ since Trevor Nunn’s legendary production a quarter of a century ago.”

Doran’s production opened at the RSC’s intimate Swan Theater in Stratford-upon-Avon just before Christmas. It will visit the U.S. after dates in London and Tokyo and is set to play at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater from June 15-25. The Connecticut run will be the production’s only Stateside dates.

During last summer’s fest, the RSC brought less acclaimed touring productions of “Troilus and Cressida” and “A Month in the Country” to the Long Wharf Theater.

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