Undeterred by the 2002 West End flop of Romeo and Juliet The Musical, the Royal Shakespeare Company is setting the bard’s plays to music. “Musical theatre is very much on our minds,” admitted RSC artistic director Michael Boyd at today’s press conference about 2005 programming (See Today’s News). He said they’re “working seriously” on one - which, Whatsonstage.com understands is one of the comedies, though not A Midsummer Night’s Dream - with at least two others in the pipeline. The musical adaptations may form part of the year-long Complete Works of Shakespeare Festival that will run in Stratford from April 2006 to April 2007. Although few take the texts literally, there have, of course, been many musicals inspired by the bard (See Features, 28 Apr 2003), including West Side Story, which sees Romeo and Juliet set in 1950s gangland New York, and, rumoured to be transferring to the West End, Stratford East’s The Big Life, in which Love’s Labour’s Lost is played out amongst Caribbean immigrants to Britain (See The Goss, 10 Sep 2004).