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Introduction

The fundamental mission of Great Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is to ‘conserve, advance and disseminate the dramatic heritage of Shakespeare,’1 and in effect to ‘speak authoritatively through, for and on behalf of Shakespeare.’2 A major milestone in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s pioneering mission was the formation of The Other Place, the Company’s second auditorium and studio venue in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Other Place opened its doors in 1974 and was closed and demolished in 1989. This venue was the site of some of the Company’s most adventurous, experimental and controversial work on the Shakespeare canon.