The University Record, April 22, 2002

Royal Shakespeare Company to return

By Sara Billmann
University Musical Society

The University Musical Society (UMS) and the U-M announce the return of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for 16 performances of three plays in March 2003. The company will present five performances each of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” as well as six performances of a new stage adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel, “Midnight’s Children.” The RSC also will be involved in a residency program with students and the public during its presence on the campus.

UMS President Kenneth C. Fischer commented, “Last season’s performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company were among the most exciting events artistically that UMS has ever presented. Over the past year, we’ve worked closely with the RSC to put together a program that we believe has equally interesting connections to the University and community at large. We’re particularly excited about the possibilities with the stage adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children,” which explores the first 30 years of India’s independence. And we’re grateful to the University of Michigan and Interim President Joe White for the University’s extraordinary commitment to this exciting next phase of our five-year partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.”

Subscription tickets for RSC are on sale now. The entire UMS season can be seen at www.ums.org. For more information, or to be added to the mailing list for a season brochure, contact the UMS Box Office, (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229.