Royal Shakespeare Company Doesn’t Travel Light

In a move that The Times calls “unprecedented,” the Royal Shakespeare Company will set up camp at the Park Avenue Armory in the summer of 2011 for a six-week-long residence.

This operation will involve 44 actors, 23 musicians, “about 30 other artists,” five plays, and a full-size replica of the RSC’s Stratford-Upon-Avon theater:

Michael Boyd, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said that several hundred thousand dollars would be spent to construct an exact copy of the company’s Royal Shakespeare Theater, which is being built in Stratford. The reproduction will be shipped in pieces to New York and assembled in the Armory’s monumental Drill Hall, which has 55,000 square feet of uncolumned space.

The Times elaborates:

After confirming that its plans would meet city building codes, the theater company committed to building a theater interior that would be modeled precisely on the new Royal Shakespeare Theater, which is scheduled to have its official opening in spring 2011. That reproduction in the Drill Hall will include a 930-seat steel-framed auditorium on three levels; the farthest seat will be 49 feet away from the edge of the stage, festival officials said.

The five shows will be chosen from the Company’s current lineup of six–Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale.

Royal Shakespeare Company Doesn’t Travel Light