A World Elsewhere: Photo reportage from around the world

Swan Room

Royal Shakespeare Theatre


10 November 2012 – 3 March 2013

Admission FREE

A mock-up of the show in the Swan Room – click to open fullsize version


A World Elsewhere: Photo reportage from around the world is a photographic exhibition bringing together contemporary images of people, communities, places and cultures across the globe. The work on show has been selected to compliment the RSC’s forthcoming A World Elsewhere trilogy of newly adapted classics from around the world.


Showcasing more than 30 international artists, the exhibition covers recent events and issues such as the uprising in Libya, the spread of the Occupy movement and climate change. Combining photojournalistic, portrait and travel photography, the show aims to shine a light on subjects that shape our world. The show is curated by the RSC with 40 selected photographs from the Foto8 Summershow 2012 in London. Foto8 Summershow is a unique open exhibition of photography, where photographers from all walks of life, professional and amateurs alike are invited to share their best work. Among the RSC selection, images of modern China and Russia offer resonance and context for the work on stage.


‘A World Elsewhere’ is a quote from Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, reminding Rome’s citizens that there are other countries and people apart from their own. The plays which make up the RSC’s A World Elsewhere trilogy are:


  • The Orphan of Zhao adapted by James Fenton (previewing from 30 October 2012) and directed by Gregory Doran.
  • Boris Godunov by Adrian Mitchell based on the play by Alexander Pushkin and directed by Michael Boyd (previewing from 15 November 2012).
  • A Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Roxana Silbert (previewing from 31 January 2013).


The associated A World Elsewhere photographic exhibition will be on display in the Swan Room of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 10 November 2012 until 3 March 2013. Admission is free.