Two companies, both alike in dignity, in fair Westfield, where we lay our scene, from ancient performance break new shipping task…
A transatlantic operation will be undertaken this summer to bring The Bard to New York, and a Westfield company is playing a role in the process.
Atlantic Container Line will move 90 containers of sets, costumes, props and the stage itself for the Royal Shakespeare Co.’s appearance at the Lincoln Center Festival in July and August.
The company will take two separate shipments of 40-foot containers beginning on May 21, but the double transport should not cause much toil or trouble.
“With ACL, it’s never a question of cargo to be on-time or not to be delivered,” said ACL’s managing director, Ian Higby, who is based in Liverpool.
After the festival, ACL will send the company back to England in three vessels.
The 44-year-old company, which relocated its headquarters from Southampton, England, to South Plainfield in 1989, and again to Westfield in 2008, is assisting the Royal Shakespeare Co. in its six-week residency at the Park Avenue Armory.
RSC contends the armory is the only space large enough to reconstruct the full-scale replica of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where the players will perform “Julius Ceasar,” “As You Like It,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “King Lear” and “The Winter’s Tale” during the festival.
ACL specializes in large-scale and unique shipping requests; the company lists former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s private helicopter as one of its most recent shipments of specialized cargo.
RSC begins its much-anticipated run at the Armory on July 6, and summer’s lease hath all too short a date when the performances close Aug. 14.