Coming Soon: The Shakespearean Shipwreck Trilogy

The Royal Shakespeare Company is getting ready to put on “the shipwreck trilogy”–The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and The Tempest–for this year’s World Shakespeare Festival. As RSC Associate Director David Farr recently told the Leamington Observer:

In this shipwreck trilogy we are exploring the recurrent obsessions of Shakespeare with migration, exile and the discovery of yourself through others. Amir Nizar Zuabi (directing The Comedy of Errors) and I are both keen to interrogate these in a modern context and we have chosen to use a shared design environment (by Jon Bausor) to do so. In these plays again and again Shakespeare returns to the image of man or woman as a drop in the ocean seeking another drop. He describes love and passion as being like the sea, and he sees in shipwreck the destruction and the revival of the self. For a man who appears never to have left his country he travelled far in his imagination.

Shakespeare was apparently keen on shipwrecks and so is the RSC. [For more see this earlier post] I’m looking forward to the day I can visit the Globe and watch rather than read about some of their shipwreck productions!

The World Shakespeare Festival is described on the festival’s Facebook page as:

…a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare’s Globe.

It runs from 23 April to November 2012 and forms part of London 2012 Festival, which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, bringing leading artists from all over the world together in a UK-wide festival in the summer of 2012.



Filed under Announcement, Shipwreck culture

2 responses to “Coming Soon: The Shakespearean Shipwreck Trilogy

  1. I came across this today and thought you might be interested:

    It’s a folk song “A Mighty Ship Was the Gundremar”, about a shipwreck.

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