A Royal Appointment at The RSC

Posted on 4 June 2014

Joanna Reid, Executive Director of the Belgrade and Justine Themen, Associate Director of the theatre’s Community and Education Company were among the guests at an event hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in honour of HRH, The Prince Of Wales visit to Stratford on Monday 2nd June.

Students, teachers and local theatre representatives from the RSC’s thriving Learning and Performance network (LPN) consisting of over 400,000 students across the U.K came together to talk about the Shakespeare plays they were currently working on before speaking their favourite line from that play to HRH The Prince of Wales.

Representing the Belgrade Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at the event was Trainee Educational Practitioner, Hannah Utley, the first joint educational trainee to be working for both RSC Education and the Belgrade Theatre’s Community and Education Company.

As part of the visit, HRH The Prince of Wales was also treated to a short performance of Henry IV Part 1 by 14 representatives of the RSC’s Young People Ensemble age 12-21.

In the evening, and following a pre-show reception to meet key RSC supporters, HRH watched a performance of the RSC’s current production of Henry IV Part I, after which he went backstage to meet members of the acting company and technical teams.

The Belgrade is regarded as the pioneer of Theatre in Education. Now, approaching 50 years on, it is considered a standard for theatre and education organisations. Its ground-breaking initiative of using theatrical performance and drama workshops to explore cultural, social, political and moral issues that affect young people, spread to theatres across the UK, then across the globe.