Royal Shakespeare Company Christmas Roundup 2014

15 September 2014


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In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre:

Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing), a unique pairing of Shakespeare's bittersweet love stories which can be seen together or separately. Both are directed by Christopher Luscombe and cross cast with a shared set based on the beautiful local landmark of Charlecote Park Manor. Ed Bennett and Michelle Terry lead the cast, playing the lovers in both plays.

The Christmas Truce by Phil Porter is a new play commissioned by the RSC as part of the First World War commemorations. The story is inspired by the events in the trenches of the Warwickshire Regiment 100 years ago, which led to the uplifting human interaction of a football match in No Man's Land on Christmas Eve. Erica Whyman directs this show for all the family – including a special performance on Christmas Eve.

In the Swan Theatre:

The Witch of Edmonton – a Jacobean play based on real life events and with Eileen Atkins in the title role - for a limited season only. Directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

The Shoemaker's Holiday – by Thomas Dekker is a glorious city comedy about cobblers in love and is directed by Philip Breen, whose last RSC show was The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Booking: 0844 800 1110 /

Take part in one of the many EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES in the building. Go on a guided tour, or see the exhibition about the First World War soldier and cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather, which is part of The Christmas Truce story.

Eat in our acclaimed ROOFTOP RESTAURANT on the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and enjoy great views over the River Avon. The restaurant serves up simply prepared and beautifully cooked modern British and European food, using produce from Warwickshire, the West Midlands and around the country. Bar snacks are also available including mulled wine and mince pies; and our Sunday Lunches and Afternoon Teas are always popular.

Booking: 01789 403449 or  (Christmas party bookings now being taken). Alternatively, have delicious homemade sandwiches, cakes and soups in the RIVERSIDE CAFE on the ground floor. Open every day.

Browse round the RSC SHOP either in person or online at  
Discover our huge range of gift ideas including jewellery, stationery, books, T shirts, Christmas decorations, toys, CDs, DVDs and merchandise from our shows including music and speeches from our recent productions of Henry IV Parts I and II, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Matilda The Musical.

For someone who loves theatre, there's no better present than RSC Gift Membership from just £18, which offers a number of exclusive benefits such as advance information, priority booking and regular bulletins with all the latest RSC news including new productions, casting updates and special offers.

Alternatively, leave the choice to someone else and buy an RSC Gift Voucher available in any denomination, valid for theatre tickets, Theatre Tours, Tower visits and Membership subscription. Find out more at

Stay at the boutique ARDEN HOTEL, opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Eden Hotel Collection has refurbished this historic hotel on Waterside in Stratford-upon-Avon which is just a short stroll from the RSC's theatres. Rooms have great views over the river and there are new bar and restaurant facilities.
Booking: 01789 298682 or


See the RSC's Olivier Award winning musical in London. Matilda The Musical - the RSC's adaptation of Roald Dahl's book with music by Tim Minchin continues its hugely successful run at the Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden.

This winter at the Barbican, RSC Associate Artist, Antony Sher, will continue to head up the cast as Falstaff in Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I and II playing in repertoire after their UK tour, from 29 November until 24 January. Booking:

Release date: 15 September 2014


For further information, please contact Amy Belson  01789 272622, or Philippa Harland  020 7845 0512.

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