From Stratford-upon-Avon to NYC

RSC's  “Julius Caesar” is one of five shows in repertory through Aug. 14.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company. And this summer, the illustrious 41-member ensemble brings a repertory of five works to New Yorkers, thanks to Lincoln Center Festival in association with The Ohio State University. For six weeks ending Aug. 14, shows rotate between “As You Like It,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Winter’s Tale,” “King Lear” and “Julius Caesar.”

Due to overwhelmingly warm reception, shows are mostly sold out; so if you have the opportunity to snag tickets, we suggest you do. After all, the least you can do is attend Shakespeare’s works -— played in the setting for which they were written, performed by the pros who know the Bard best -— when they’ve journeyed across the Atlantic and you merely have to hop on the subway.

But don’t be hasty and head to the Upper West Side; despite Lincoln Center billing, this event takes place within the transformative Park Avenue Armory. Its massive drill hall now hosts a near-exact replica of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where this temporary home was built before it shipped over by crate for this specific, ambitious residency project.

One of the key points of interest is the thrust stage, which comes out deeper into the audience than your standard proscenium and takes seating on three sides; not only can you watch everyone enjoy the experience with you, but the farthest seat from the actors is only 49 feet. This amplifies audience intimacy, frees actors from the confines of two dimensions and offers almost 360 degrees of visibility.
In most cases, the orchestra is even on full display three stories above the action, rather than hidden in a pit below the apron. The acoustic result is just another boon that makes this festival a worthy golden anniversary feat.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.