The REP joins forces with internationally renowned director Calixto Bieito, Barcelona Internacional Teatre and the RSC
to present an original play inspired by Shakespeare's references to
forests throughout his work, in a Dante-esque journey through life,
paradise, hell, truth and lie.
With a cast of English and Catalan actors led by the great Catalan
actor Josep Maria Pou, Calixto Bieito will show, through plays such as
Timon Of Athens, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Macbeth and As
You Like It, a "forest" which represents a place for the getaway, a
punishment or sentence, and, sometimes, a place for shelter and
Calixto Bieito is no stranger to Birmingham audiences, having previously directed Hamlet and Celestina at The REP,
both of which stimulated controversy and earned critical acclaim. One
of the most prominent and sought after directors in Europe, Calixto's
re-workings of the classics test boundaries and provoke reaction with
their spellbinding and passionate vitality.
In addition to the performances in Birmingham, Forests will tour to London, Barcelona and other European venues.
Performed in Catalan and English with surtitles
Part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by the
Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival. Supported by the
Insitut Ramon Llull.