Oct 21, 2015
J.P. Morgan will be bringing William Shakespeare’s ‘Band of Brothers’ speech from Henry V – along with other oft-quoted lines – in performances of Richard II, Henry IV, parts I and II, to the Barbican in London, China in February and to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in the spring as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Global Tour Premier Partner.
Beginning with London performances in November, followed by Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and BAM, it will be many more than a “happy few” who will be in the audience as the RSC celebrates Shakespeare’s History plays in a performance tour commemorating the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.
“As a firm with a deep history in London and operations in more than 60 countries, we are honored to support this celebrated piece of British culture and history, not only in the United Kingdom, but for audiences around the world,” said Viswas Raghaven, deputy CEO of EMEA.
The China phase of the RSC’s tour was announced during the inaugural Governmental UK-China Bilateral Investment Conference last year. The Chinese performances will begin at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, then the Company moves to the Shanghai Grand Theatre and continues to Hong Kong in March.
“J.P. Morgan is delighted to support the Royal Shakespeare Company as its Global Tour Premier Partner,” said Nicolas Aguzin, CEO of J.P. Morgan, Asia Pacific. “One of J.P. Morgan’s highest priorities is giving back to the communities in which we live and work. We believe that society thrives when rich cultural resources such as this are shared across international borders.”
Alongside the China performances, the RSC is also working with Chinese Shakespeare experts, Prof. Zhang Chong from Shanghai’s Fudan University and Nick Rongjun YU, an award-winning playwright to translate Henry V into Chinese.
The productions are directed by Gregory Doran, the RSC’s Artistic Director. At the end of the tour, theater goers will agree that all’s well that ends well.