Published in
Features

Royal Shakespeare Company Comes to NYC with Its Own Theater

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is beginning a six-week residency in New York City on Wednesday during which the company will perform five plays at a theater it built inside the Park Avenue Armory. The theater is a replica of the one at which the RSC performs in its Stratford-upon-Avon home.

The performances, co-produced by the Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory—with support from Ohio State, run from July 6 through August 14. Ticket prices range from $32 to $200, but if you are feeling lucky, there is a lottery for $25 tickets each week.

And if you are worried about getting a good seat, the RSC's executive director Vikki Heywood says there isn't such a thing as a bad seat.: "The thrust stage puts you inside the action."

In fact, the furthest you will be from the edge of the stage -- no matter where you are sitting -- is 49 feet.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is building a replica of its theater inside the Park Avenue Armory for a six-week run of performances during the Lincoln Center Festival.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is building a replica of its theater inside the Park Avenue Armory for a six-week run of performances during the Lincoln Center Festival. ( Amy Pearl )
The "thrust" stage brings the action out into the audience at the Royal Shakespeare Company's six-week engagement at the Park Avenue Armory.
The "thrust" stage brings the action out into the audience at the Royal Shakespeare Company's six-week engagement at the Park Avenue Armory. ( Amy Pearl )
The theater was designed and constructed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the U.K. and then shipped to the U.S.
The theater was designed and constructed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the U.K. and then shipped to the U.S. ( Amy Pearl )
The entire theater is installed inside the Park Avenue Armory as a self-supporting structure including thrust stage, backstage, proscenium and seating.
The entire theater is installed inside the Park Avenue Armory as a self-supporting structure including thrust stage, backstage, proscenium and seating. ( Amy Pearl )
Royal Shakespeare Company member Norma Dumezweni gets a look at the stage inside the Park Avenue Armory.
Royal Shakespeare Company member Norma Dumezweni gets a look at the stage inside the Park Avenue Armory. ( Amy Pearl )
The Royal Shakespeare Company is performing inside the Park Avenue Armory in July and August.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is performing inside the Park Avenue Armory in July and August. ( Amy Pearl )
Markings on the sub-floor of the stage like "OUT FOR ROMEO" show where to place custom pieces for each performance.
Markings on the sub-floor of the stage like "OUT FOR ROMEO" show where to place custom pieces for each performance. ( Amy Pearl )
Laundry and "spares" for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Park Avenue Armory, June 30 2011.
Laundry and "spares" for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Park Avenue Armory, June 30 2011. ( Amy Pearl )
There are approximately 425 costumes, 20 wigs and two joke beards included in the wardrobe for the plays.
There are approximately 425 costumes, 20 wigs and two joke beards included in the wardrobe for the plays. ( Amy Pearl )
Among the props for the performances are five tins of lychees for eye balls and 40 liters of fake blood.
Among the props for the performances are five tins of lychees for eye balls and 40 liters of fake blood. ( Amy Pearl )
of