The Barbican and RSC announce three-year collaboration
The Barbican and the RSC today announce a three-year collaboration, which begins this autumn with the much-anticipated Richard II with David Tennant, continues in 2014/15 with Henry IV, Parts I & II and concludes in 2015/16. Alongside the plays both organisations will collaborate to realise an extensive creative learning programme over the three years. The RSC Education and Events departments will work in partnership with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning to engage and excite new and existing audiences; including pre- and post-show events, intensive weekend laboratories for emerging artists, conferences and workshops for students and teachers and special projects in east London schools and communities. 

The three-year collaboration begins with the transfer of Richard II to the Barbican (9 December 2013 – 25 January 2014), which sees David Tennant in the title role, under the direction of Gregory Doran. The production will also be filmed from Stratford-upon-Avon on 13 November 2013 and simultaneously screened into 100 cinemas around the country - including at the Barbican - whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe. In addition, Richard II audiences will be able to enjoy Costume Craft inside the Barbican Theatre’s foyer, an illuminating display that follows the journey of how a costume is made and maintained by the RSC’s Costume Department, from first fitting to final performance, drawn from the RSC’s In Stitches exhibition in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Henry IV, Parts I & II will be performed at the Barbican in December 2014, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and subsequent UK tour. The production will also be directed by Gregory Doran, who continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays. RSC Associate Artist, Antony Sher, returns to the RSC to play the infamous knight Falstaff, while Alex Hassell also returns as Prince Hal. Tickets for the Barbican run of Henry IV, Parts I & II go on sale in spring 2014. 

Details of productions in 2015 will be announced in 2014. 

Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre at the Barbican said: Our Theatre and Dance programme has built a reputation of bringing high-quality Shakespeare to London audiences and we have a long history of working with internationally renowned companies. We are delighted to be able to announce today that our relationship with the RSC will continue beyond Richard II with more brilliant plays and with both organisations’ education departments working together to realise an exciting and unified creative learning programme. 

Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC said: I am so pleased to be announcing today, with the Barbican, a three-year collaboration to bring work to London. Our collaborative partnership begins this autumn with my production of Richard II and continues with Henry IV, Parts I & II over the winter of 2014/15, followed by a further programme in 2015/16. I am especially pleased that alongside the plays, we will be working together with the Barbican on a creative learning programme of events and education projects.

Press information 
For more information about the Barbican please contact Angela Dias, Media Relations Manager, +44 (0)20 7382 7168 or 
For more information about the RSC please contact Philippa Harland, Head of Press, +44 (0)20 7845 0512 or 

Public information 
Box office: 0845 120 7511 

Barbican newsroom
All Barbican Centre press releases, news announcements and the Media Relations team’s contact details are listed on our website at  

About the Barbican  
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.5 million people pass through the Barbican’s doors annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre. 

The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, and Associate Producer Serious. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl and Michael Clark Company. International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Jazz at Lincoln Center

Find us on Facebook | Twitter | Flickr | YouTube  

About the Royal Shakespeare Company 
MADE IN Stratford-upon-Avon - seen around the world. 
Everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. The work, which begins its life at our Stratford workshops and theatres, is shared with audiences through our touring, residencies and online activity throughout the world. So, wherever you experience the RSC, you will experience work that is made in Shakespeare’s home town. 

Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961. We pioneer contemporary approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him, and today’s writers.

Henry IV © Sasha Gusov
Press Enquiries:
For more information about the Barbican please contact Angela Dias, Media Relations Manager, +44 (0)20 7382 7168 or 

For more information about the RSC please contact Philippa Harland, Head of Press, +44 (0)20 7845 0512 or