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National Theatre Wales and RSC in London 2012 Festival

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 14:06 UK time, Wednesday, 8 December 2010

National Theatre Wales will collaborate with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the finale of the Cultural Olympiad - the London 2012 Festival.

The festival will be a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration that opens in mid June 2012 and runs until the last day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.

The first group of commissions for the festival were announced yesterday, and part of this is the World Shakespeare Festival, produced by the RSC in collaboration with UK and international partners.

One of these partners will be National Theatre Wales, and specifically Mike Pearson and the creative team behind the company's production of Aeschylus' The Persians that was staged earlier this year.

The training house on the military range for The Persians. Photo: Toby Farrow

The curiously-titled Coriolan/us is set to be directed by Mike Pearson, and the concept was developed by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes. As the press release states:

"From the National Theatre Wales team that created Aeschylus’s The Persians on the military
training range of mid-Wales, the story of Caius Martius – Coriolanus – is re-imagined in the
era of 24-hour news, celebrity culture, and a new global polity.

"Outside broadcasts from the battlefield, popular grievances straight to camera and audience participants as the body politic provide a 'mash up' of previous attempts to get to grips with a figure contrary and perplexing, ever contemporary and ever challenging of our beliefs."

Read more about the other commisions for the London 2012 Festival, and the artists and companies involved, on the London 2012 website. And read about the news on the NTW's community website.


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