Key dates

Theatre re-opening preparations, 1932

2014 We begin live broadcasts to  cinemas across the world starting with Richard II on 13 November

2012 Gregory Doran becomes Artistic Director and Catherine Mallyon becomes Executive Director - September

2011 We celebrate our 50th Birthday Season from April – December

2011 The Queen officially opens the transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre

2010 Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres reopen for preview events and activities

2008 Cycle of Shakespeare's eight History plays transfers to the Roundhouse in London

2007 Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are closed for construction work to begin

2006 Complete Works Festival  starts. A year long event working with visiting theatre companies from around the world

The Courtyard Theatre opens as a temporary 1000-seat theatre

RSC ensemble company of actors appointed on long-term contracts

2003 Michael Boyd appointed as Artistic Director

2001 Feasibility Study recommends the demolition of the 1932 RST. We leave the Barbican

1996 We begin working on plans for redeveloping our Stratford site

1991 Purpose-built new Other Place opens

1991 Adrian Noble becomes Artistic Director

1986 Swan Theatre created from shell of the 1879 theatre

1986 Terry Hands becomes Artistic Director

1982 London operations move to the Barbican, leased from the City of London

1974 The Other Place created from a former store/rehearsal room in Stratford

1968 Trevor Nunn becomes Artistic Director

1963 First Arts Council subsidy

1961 Chartered name of the corporation and the Stratford theatre become the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

1958 Peter Hall becomes Artistic Director.  Aldwych Theatre leased in London and Stratford/ London operations begin

1948 Anthony Quayle becomes Artistic Director

1932 New Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens, designed by Elisabeth Scott

1926 Auditorium and stage destroyed by fire. Chairman Sir Archibald Flower raises rebuilding funds, mostly in the USA

1925 Royal Charter granted on 50th anniversary of incorporation

1913 First tour to the USA

1879 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens

1875 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Ltd. Incorporated is created

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