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Saturday, September 11, 2021


Rhumbelow Theatre at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Durban proudly presents Schools Shakespeare Season from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) –recorded live at Stratford-Upon-Avon in England.

Please note dates and showtimes carefully:


            Date & Time                           

Mon     27/09/2021 at 9.30am: Macbeth - 2 Hr 38 Min

Mon     27/09/2021 at 1.30pmHamlet - 3 Hr 34 Min

Tue      28/09/2021 at 9.30amRomeo & Juliet - 3 Hr 02 Min

Tue      28/09/2021 at 1.30pm: Macbeth - 2 Hr 38 Min

Wed     29/09/2021 at 9.30am: Twelfth Night - 2 Hr 53 Min

Wed     29/09/2021 at 1.30pm: The Tempest - 2 Hr 58 Min

Thu      30/09/2021 at 9.30am: Antony & Cleopatra - 3 Hr 37 Min

Thu      30/09/2021 at 1.30pm: Coriolanus - 3 Hr 23 Min

Fri        01/10/2021 at  9.30amThe Tempest - 2 Hr 58 Min

Fri        01/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Romeo & Juliet - 3 Hr 02 Min

Sat       02/10/2021      No Show        

Sun      03/10/2021 at 9.30am: The Tempest - 2 Hr 58 Min


Mon     04/10/2021 at 9.30am: Macbeth - 2 Hr 38 Min

Mon     04/10/2021 at 1.30pm: The Tempest - 2 Hr 58 Min

Tue      05/10/2021 at 9.30am: Romeo & Juliet - 3 Hr 02 Min

Tue      05/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Coriolanus - 3 Hr 23 Min

Wed     06/10/2021 at  9.30am: Twelfth Night - 2 Hr 53 Min

Wed     06/10/2021 at 1.30pm:  Macbeth - 2 Hr 38 Min

Thu      07/10/2021 at 9.30am: Antony & Cleopatra - 3 Hr 37 Min

Thu      07/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Hamlet - 3 Hr 34 Min

Fri        08/10/2021 at 9.30am: The Tempest - 2 Hr 58 Min

Fri        08/10/2021 at 1.30pm:  Romeo & Juliet - 3 Hr 02 Min

Sat       09/10/2021 at 9.30am: Coriolanus - 3 Hr 23 Min

Sat       09/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Twelfth Night - 2 Hr 53 Min

Sun      10/10/2021      No Show        


Mon     11/10/2021 at 9.30am: Coriolanus - 3 Hr 23 Min

Mon     11/10/2021 at 1.30pm:  Antony & Cleopatra - 3 Hr 37 Min

Tue      12/10/2021 at  9.30am: Hamlet - 3 Hr 34 Min

Tue      12/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Antony & Cleopatra - 3 Hr 37 Min

Wed     13/10/2021 at 9.30am: Romeo & Juliet - 3 Hr 02 Min

Wed     13/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Coriolanus - 3 Hr 23 Min

Thu      14/10/2021 at 9.30am: Twelfth Night - 2 Hr 53 Min

Thu      14/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Macbeth - 2 Hr 38 Min

Fri        15/10/2021 at  9.30am: Hamlet - 3 Hr 34 Min

Sat       16/10/2021 at 9.30am: Antony & Cleopatra - 3 Hr 37 Min

Sun      17/10/2021      No Show        


Mon     18/10/2021 at 9.30am: Hamlet - 3 Hr 34 Min

Mon     18/10/2021 at 1.30pm: Twelfth Night - 2 Hr 53 Min



Following Julius Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar and Lepidus form a triumvirate as joint rulers of the known world. Antony, however, is captivated by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and neglects his duties to spend time with her in Alexandria. This scandal creates a rift between Antony and Octavius.

News comes that control of Rome is being challenged by Pompey. Antony is forced to return, and agrees to cement his alliance with Octavius by marrying his sister, Octavia. Back in Egypt, the news of Antony’s marriage angers Cleopatra.

On the brink of war, Antony and Octavius make peace with Pompey. Shortly afterwards, Octavius attacks Pompey, anyway, and dismisses Lepidus from the triumvirate. Antony sends Octavia to negotiate with her brother while he returns secretly to Alexandria.

News arrives in Rome that Antony and Cleopatra have crowned themselves king and queen in Alexandria.

Octavius declares war on Egypt. Despite having the advantage, the Egyptian forces suffer a blow when Antony deserts a battle to follow Cleopatra’s fleeing ship. However, hearing that Octavius has offered to make a secret treaty with Cleopatra, he rouses himself for a second battle. Antony’s courage is renewed, but his soldiers are nervous, and even faithful Enobarbus deserts him for Octavius.

As Antony’s fleet surrenders, he accuses Cleopatra of betraying him to Octavius. She retreats to her monument and sends out a false report that she is dead. 


Coriolanus is the story of a Roman soldier at the time of the birth of the Roman Republic, as a new political structure was emerging and people jostle for power. This was hundreds of years before Rome became an Empire, so the plays shows a society that is just establishing itself and struggling with ideas about how to govern and rule.

The play opens at a time of famine. The people of Rome, known as plebeians, are rioting because they believe the Patricians or ruling class have been hoarding grain and are responsible for their suffering. They make it clear how unfair the system is and call Caius Martius the worst of them all, declaring him an ‘enemy of the people’. It is Caius Martius who then goes on to become Coriolanus, when he defeats the enemy in battle. 


Old Hamlet, King of Denmark, has died and been succeeded by his brother, Claudius, who has married Gertrude, the widowed Queen. Prince Hamlet, distressed by his father’s death and his mother’s hasty remarriage, sees the ghost of his father who tells him that he was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet vows to avenge the murder but, to cover his intentions, feigns madness.

Polonius, whose daughter Ophelia has been the recipient of love letters from the Prince, believes that Hamlet’s madness is caused by repressed love. Spied on by Polonius and Claudius, Hamlet encounters Ophelia and violently rejects her.

Hamlet asks a company of players to perform a play, hoping its theme of murder will force Claudius to betray his guilt. Hamlet’s suspicions are confirmed. He visits his mother and disparages her for her hasty marriage, but, startled, accidentally kills Polonius who is hiding behind an arras. Claudius sends Hamlet to England, planning to have him murdered.

Laertes, Polonius’ son, demands revenge for his father’s death. Ophelia, maddened by grief, has drowned herself. Hamlet returns and confronts Laertes at her funeral. Claudius, meanwhile, has plotted with Laertes to kill Hamlet in a fencing match in which Laertes will have a poisoned sword. The plot miscarries and Laertes dies. Gertrude drinks from a poisoned cup intended for Hamlet and also dies. Hamlet, wounded by the poisoned sword, kills Claudius before he, too, dies. 


Macbeth and Banquo, generals in the service of King Duncan of Scotland, are returning victorious from battle when they are hailed by three witches who predict that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland.

The first part of the prophecy is soon fulfilled when Duncan rewards Macbeth's loyal service.

Encouraged by this, and playing on her husband's ambition, Lady Macbeth persuades him to murder Duncan while he is a guest at their castle. Malcolm and Donalbain, Duncan's sons, flee to England for safety. Macbeth, now king, has Banquo murdered in an attempt to secure his own position, but Banquo's ghost appears to him at a banquet.

Macbeth visits the witches again. They warn him to beware of Macduff, a noble who has also fled to England, but assure him that he cannot be harmed by any man born of woman. Macbeth orders the murder of Macduff's wife and children. In England, Malcolm and Macduff raise an army to march against Macbeth. However Macbeth, armed with the witches' prophecy, believes that he is invincible. However, soon Macbeth must face the true meaning of the witches' words... 


A long-standing feud between the Montague and the Capulet families flares into a brawl on the streets and is stopped only by Escalus, Prince of Verona. Romeo Montague, love-sick for Rosaline, is persuaded to go to a masked party by his friends Benvolio and Mercutio. The only trouble is that it’s at the house of the Capulets. There he meets Juliet, only daughter of the Capulets, and they fall instantly in love. With the help of Juliet’s nurse, they are secretly married the next day by Friar Laurence.

Juliet’s cousin Tybalt is offended by Romeo’s presence at the party and challenges him to a fight. Mercutio intervenes and is killed. In a rage, Romeo kills Tybalt and flees.

After a night with Romeo, Juliet learns that her parents intend to marry her to Paris immediately to save the Capulets from shame and defeat. She seeks help from Friar Laurence, who gives her a drug which will make her appear dead. When she wakes from her drugged sleep, Romeo will be waiting. The Friar’s messenger sets out to tell Romeo the plan – but doesn’t make it to Mantua. Instead, Romeo’s friend arrives to tell him Juliet is dead. Romeo races to Verona to be with Juliet in her tomb. 


A storm strikes a ship carrying Alonso, Ferdinand, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Stephano, and Trinculo, who are on their way to Italy after coming from the wedding of Alonso’s daughter, Claribel, to the prince of Tunis in Africa. The royal party and the other mariners, with the exception of the unflappable Boatswain, begin to fear for their lives. Lightning cracks, and the mariners cry that the ship has been hit. Everyone prepares to sink.

The next scene begins much more quietly. Miranda and Prospero stand on the shore of their island, looking out to sea at the recent shipwreck. Miranda asks her father to do anything he can to help the poor souls in the ship. Prospero assures her that everything is all right and then informs her that it is time she learned more about herself and her past. He reveals to her that he orchestrated the shipwreck and tells her the lengthy story of her past, a story he has often started to tell her before but never finished. The story goes that Prospero was the Duke of Milan until his brother Antonio, conspiring with Alonso, the King of Naples, usurped his position. Kidnapped and left to die on a raft at sea, Prospero and his daughter survive because Gonzalo leaves them supplies and Prospero’s books, which are the source of his magic and power. Prospero and his daughter arrived on the island where they remain now and have been for twelve years. Only now, Prospero says, has Fortune at last sent his enemies his way, and he has raised the tempest in order to make things right with them once and for all. 


Viola and her twin brother Sebastian have been shipwrecked; each believes the other to be drowned. Viola disguises herself as a young man and, under the name of Cesario, enters the service of Orsino. Orsino sends Cesario to woo Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia is taken in by Cesario’s disguise and falls in love with him. Viola has secretly fallen in love with Orsino, and Orsino is confused by his feelings for his new ‘male’ servant. Meanwhile, Sebastian, Viola’s twin, has been saved by Antonio, who promptly falls in love with him. Olivia’s butler, Malvolio, disapproves of all the other members of her household – her uncle Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek and her servants, Maria, Feste and Fabia. Together, they plot Malvolio’s downfall. Malvolio is secretly in love with Olivia, and the others trick him into believing that these feelings are returned. To restrain his apparently insane delusion he is locked up.

Olivia meets Sebastian and, mistaking him for Cesario, asks him to marry her. He readily agrees. But when she later encounters Orsino and Cesario they are dismayed by her conviction that she and Cesario are betrothed. At this point, the twins are reunited and true identities revealed. Malvolio is released, and an attempt is made to pair everyone up satisfactorily.


Tickets R100 pp. Teachers accompanying school groups are FREE.

Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue. Cooldrinks, coffee & tea on sale

All seating will be at separate tables and the venue will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members. Covid limit – max 50

Limited secure parking available.


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