Codpieces will return to North East next year

18th March 2011 at 00:00

I am really proud of our relationship with Newcastle and the North East and we are certainly not abandoning the city, as Ms Anne Thrope suggests ("Codpieces exit, stage right", TES Magazine, 4 March).

We are very disappointed we can't bring a full season of plays to the city this autumn because of pressures on our funding and the demands of the move back into our transformed Stratford home. But we are planning both a Young People's Shakespeare tour this autumn and a national tour early in 2012, both of which will include Newcastle. We've also applied to the Arts Council for funding to support a full return from 2012.

We would love to welcome Ms Thrope's class to Macbeth. I'm sorry she seems to have been misinformed by our box office. We don't ask school groups to make voluntary donations, and we do have subsidised ticket prices from Mondays to Thursdays.

Michael Boyd, Artistic director, Royal Shakespeare Company.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today