Key facts and figures

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As a company we give people the best possible experience of Shakespeare and live theatre. Everyone at the RSC, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. Our work begins its life at our Stratford-upon-Avon workshops and theatres and we share it with audiences through our touring, residencies and online activity throughout the world.

Did you know that:

  • As well as Shakespeare, we perform the work of his contemporaries, other classics and new work.
  • 1 million visitors join us at our Stratford-upon-Avon theatres each year.
  • We are a national company in the heart of the Midlands, performing throughout the UK and across the world.
  • We have been making theatre in Shakespeare's home town for over one hundred years, training generations of the very best theatre makers.
  • We are the only theatre company with our own on-site armoury, producing breastplates, gauntlets, belts and weaponry .
  • We have worked with 7200 amateur performers and ten partner theatres on our Open Stages project, championing amateur theatre nationwide.
  • We reach 400,000 young people through our nationwide Learning and Performance Network, giving them a great first experience of Shakespeare.
  • Matilda The Musical took seven years to develop and now performs to packed theatres in the West End and on Broadway.
  • We are a registered charity (number 212481) and we generate 73% of our own income, alongside public investment from Arts Council England.
  • Public funding for the arts makes up just 0.05% of Government spending and delivers an extraordinary return, supporting the performances you see on stages all over the country.

Find out more about how our work is Made in Stratford.

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