The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) stamps, will be issued on 12 April, highlights six productions from the past five decades, reflecting the wide range of work produced by the company. The productions featured include Hamlet, The Tempest, Henry VI, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While a four-stamp miniature sheet features the RSC’s theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.In 1961 Sir Peter Hall founded the RSC. Now fifty years on, the company marks its anniversary in April with a 50th birthday season of new productions designed specially for its recently transformed Stratford-upon-Avon home and the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre trust stage.Over the past 50 years the RSC has staged Shakespeare plays, classical and new, not only in its Stratford home, but also in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and worldwide.Working together, Royal Mail and the RSC selected the productions to feature on the stamps, which also include quotations from each play
.For the miniature sheet, each Stratford theatre featured is represented by a collage based upon the concept of the individual theatre’s stage, including actors and theatrical scenery.