University of Birmingham announces ground-breaking collaboration with Royal Shakespeare Company

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The English Literature Department is delighted to announce a new exciting five-year collaboration between the University of Birmingham with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

This pioneering project will see the reinstatement of the iconic studio theatre, The Other Place. Opening in 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it will be a hub for cutting-edge research and creative practice. Originally built in 1973, The Other Place closed in 2006 but will be redeveloped in Stratford-upon-Avon, home of both the RSC and the University’s Shakespeare Institute.

The collaboration, which sees the University become a Founding Partner of The Other Place, is rooted in the vision of the theatre as a centre for creative and academic exchange; it will provide many exciting opportunities for students across the School of English, Drama, American and Canadian Studies. Benefits will include the opportunity for students to access creative and teaching spaces at The Other Place, with RSC artists and practitioners providing input to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, while the RSC will have the chance to work closely with internationally renowned academics at the Shakespeare Institute.