I think the most useful parts of the RSC site are the education and explore sections. They also have information on Shakespeare’s life and some of his work. You can also view “behind the scenes” of the RSC’s performances to look at props, costumes, etc. This site would be more useful to me If I lived in a place where the RSC actually performs.
I like the whole website layout and design. From what I saw, the website is really up to date with all the performance dates. Not only does it provide extensive info about the company itself, but also about Shakespeare’s life and his works as well as play production and acting. It’s kinda sad though, that we here in the Philippines won’t really appreciate this as much because the RSC doesn’t stage here.
RSC, at first, looks like a website for a clothing company. I like the whole layout thingy. They have play dates of all the Shakespeare plays that is happening in Stratford-upon-Avon, London, and New York. You can also buy merchandise, play tickets, and you can join their member’s circle. The site is very informative.
I love how ths site was able to categorize so much and so neatly too. Somehow if you hear of the name RSC, you are given this image of something that might end up antiquated in its function, but the site is so modern. i like the news, and how they bring he people closer to the actors and actesses.and the education menu is interesting as well.
The site has a lot of useful features to boot from performance dates to facts about Shakespeare. I also found it quite useful because one can buy tickets and many neat stuff, definitely would recommend this site to any Shakespeare fanatic.
Not surprisingly, I’m reminded of the ticketnet website. The royal shakespeare company website basically just promotes the shows they’re putting on and tells you how to get tickets, complete with a hotline and a shop. There’s less emphasis on the actual content of Shakespeare’s plays and more on actually promoting them.
Having always known about the RSC yet never really having a clue as to what they’re all about aside from the fact that they’re THE Shakespeare company, I found this site a real eye-opener. I honestly thought that the company would be made up of stuffy balding middle-aged British men and women performing Shakespeare in it’s “proper form”: long boring plays with accented dialogue that only academic types would really watch. Apparently they have young people in the troupe and they try to put on innovative performances as well. 😛 The education page’s the most surprising part of the site since I thought the RSC was wholly involved in theater production only. As it turns out, they really try to arouse interest in and make more effective the study of Shakespeare as well. So yeah, I’ve been giving the RSC less credit than they deserve. 😦
The first thing I noticed about the RSC official website was how pretty it was, really looking like a prestigious professional theater company website and hence living up to what we all think RSC to be. Second, I found that it catered to many “audiences”; beginning with those interested in seeing shows, followed by those who want a piece of Shakespeare through RSC merchandise, then to visitors who want to know more about Shakespeare and theater (to some this may even be synonymous), to students who want to pursue theater (for fun or as a profession) and finally to those looking to join the company. With this I saw how RSC clearly knows its target markets, working with the many constructs of “Shakespeare” today.
I guess it should as it claims to “connect and help others connect with Shakespeare and produce bold, ambitious work with living writers, actors and artists”. With this kind of objective, the RSC goes beyond “re-playing” Shakespeare’s plays but rather, adds more to it, more cultural value as Karen Rumbold said in her essay. I think this is extremely valuable for any theater company, or for any art form, movement, etcetera; living in a world where everything seems to be a remake of something past, I find it important that this “contribution” and added value still comes in so that we still grow culturally. I find that the website shows this clearly as it also makes RSC accessible, even if we are not physically there to enjoy its shows and events.
– Meggie Ong
It’s great to know that there is a company that focuses on Shakespeare himself. I didn’t really find this site as interesting as the others though so I think they should make it more appealing. Through in the site and the name of the company itself, we know that they focus on Shakespeare’s work. In the site however, they didn’t really mention Shakespeare as much which I find a little weird.
The RSC contains information and details like any typical theater company, except – it’s prettier and it’s SHAKESPEARE. What more can one say? It shows the different plays being staged in different places, recreational activities within the company, an online shop which, I must say, contains really interesting and cute Shakespeare products. But unlike any other theater company, it also contains a quick look at Shakespeare’s background, the company’s history and even an educational section for different age groups.
I more or less expected what this site was going to feature, basically information about plays they’ve done and are going to do. But what I appreciate about the RSC is that they try to be more than just an ordinary acting troupe; they offer more than just presentations of Shakespeare’s plays. They also offer talks with directors and actors of different productions so that the audience can be more involved and can gain new insight from the perspectives of the artists themselves.
First thing that caught my attention aside from the Romeo and Juliet, Cardenio, King Lear and the other plays was the rooftop restaurant! Anyway, I find it interesting to be updated about the coming plays. It makes want to watch almost all of them and how Shakespeare has developed today. Based from the trailers, they are actually good ones. Hope to watch at least one. Unfortunately, I don’t even think I’d have the chance to. But if i was given the opportunity, I’d love to see one.
I felt so jealous of the people of Stratford upon learning that RSC exists there. Not only because they regularly perform the plays of Shakespeare there, but more importantly because of the fact that Stratford is the place of Shakespeare. I believe that watching a play in Stratford would make you really feel the presence of Shakespeare as if he was still alive and directing the play. Also, the rooftop restaurant would definitely be a plus to the experience. I do hope someday I could visit Stratford and be a part of the magnificent RSC experience.
I think the RSC has a different approach to theatre arts from the Globe. It is more direct and specific to its goal, in a sense, of focusing and giving primacy on performing Shakespeare more than giving Shakespeare education. They seem to promote theater and/or ‘theater in film (DVD)’ as the best medium to do Shakespeare although they do give resource materials for study. I love their trailers, and if I may, I’d like to buy a ticket! However I find it hard to decide which I like better–Shakespeare’s Globe or the RSC.
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