The programme includes an adaptation of Richard Hurford's The Three Musketeers from 28 July, which will run for over a month. The company have also scheduled productions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Midsummer Night's Dream and David Hare's The Blue Room for the coming months. The main theatre will, in addition, play host to the Generating Company's Storm, in which 25 acrobats demonstrate a wide range of circus skills and aerial daring. This new performance troupe were one of the attractions in last year's Millennium Dome show and Storm portrays a group of city dwellers over a 24 hour period. The event is designed by rock show designer Mark Fisher, whose credits include work with Tina Turner and U2.
The venue's new studio theatre has been created from the space in which scenery used to be painted, but will soon be presenting theatrical experiences. John Godber's Happy Jack will be performed, alongside comedian Arthur Smith in Live Bed Show and a modern work entitled Disco Pigs. The Studio will also be used for educational workshops and after show discussions.
Following the theatre's story-telling sessions of last summer, company members will again entertain children on Saturday mornings. And the Theatre Royal's actors are to offer rehearsed readings of new plays with the opportunity to dicsuss the works afterwards.
- by Gareth Thompson