April 2012 will see the Royal Shakespeare Company work with five new theatres as part of their touring and education partnership. Regions such as Hull, Newcastle and Southampton will take part in the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network (LPN).
The RSC is currently working with 400 primary and secondary schools through the LPN across the UK. The project, which was established in 2006, involves taking professional RSC artists to work with students from all different backgrounds and changing the way they experience and explore Shakespeare. Partnerships made with participating schools and theatres last for three years, providing students with long term exposure to Shakespeare.
Hull Truck Theatre Company, Newcastle Theatre Royal, York Theatre Royal, Hall for Cornwall and Nuffield Theatre, Southampton are the new additions to the long list of theatres involved in the LPN. The theatres will run three-year programmes with schools in the surrounding area offering local artists, students and teachers the opportunity to develop their training, teaching and performance skills with RSC artists. The 2012/13 schedule will see schools and theatres explore King Lear.
For more information visit: www.rsc.org.uk/education/lpn