A Family Friendly Summer Season

16 May 2012

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering a season of family friendly activities, exhibitions and performances at its home in Stratford-upon-Avon throughout summer 2012.

Many of the activities are free and have been created by leading artists working alongside the RSC. From Shakespearian themed adventure trails and magical performances for under-fives to storytelling sessions and stage fighting workshops, young people and families are invited to come along and experience the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Tempest Tricycle
Around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Weekends throughout April to July and everyday in August

Created by Bradford based theatre company Freedom Studios, this art work has been inspired by the magical themes of The Tempest. Children are invited to find the friendly jester Trinculo as he rides his souped-up tricycle on Prospero's Magic Circle Quest. Armed with a treasure map and special potion, they must follow the clues in and around the theatre to find the mysterious sorcerer's Magic Circle.

Family Workshops
Clore Learning Centre, Waterside
The Tempest, Saturday 19 May
Macbeth, Saturday 23 June
Twelfth Night, Saturday 14 July
Much Ado About Nothing, Saturday 18 August
Richard III, Saturday 15 September
For ages 9+

£2.50 per child, £5 per adult

Box Office: 0844 800 1110 or book online

These practical workshops each focus on a particular play, giving children, young people and their families a lively and informative introduction to the plot, characters and language of Shakespeare's stories.

The Adventure of the Missing Manuscript
by The House of Fairy Tales
Swan Room and RSC Gardens
30 June – 2 September 2012

This interactive adventure game, created by acclaimed community arts charity The House of Fairy Tales, will take families on a voyage through the life and plays of William Shakespeare.

Following a trail of stories, clues and challenges, the escapade takes place around the building and surrounding gardens and leads into an interactive exhibition and play area that plunges into the depths of Shakespeare's imagination.

The exhibition will leap into life with an immersive weekend of live art on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July, with free workshops, events and family activities. Full details to be announced shortly.

Summer Skills
Clore Learning Centre, Waterside
Movement, Monday 6 August
Stage fighting, Tuesday 7 August
Voice, Wednesday 8 August
Working with text, Thursday 9 August
Creating a scene, Friday 10 August

For 8 – 11 year olds: 10.30am – 12.30pm
For 12 – 16 year olds: 2 - 4pm

£8 per session or all five sessions for £35

Box Office: 0844 800 1110 or book online.

Led by experts behind the scenes at the RSC, these workshops for children and teenagers provide a great insight into the art of theatre making.


Stan's Cafe: Of All The People In All The World
Daily until 31 July 2012

Playful theatre company Stan's Cafe have brought 62 million grains of rice into the building - a grain for every one of us living in the United Kingdom - for their exhibition Of All The People In All The World.

Members of the company, dressed in smart caretaker uniforms, will carefully measure out the rice into labelled piles to represent human population statistics, fascinating facts from Shakespeare's time and news and events as they happen during the World Shakespeare Festival (WSF), the biggest ever celebration of Shakespeare, produced by the RSC for the London 2012 Festival.

This is a rare UK performance of a show that has captivated audiences, young and old, all around the world.

Squidsoup: Living Walls
Colonnade and Relic Wall
Daily until 23 September 2012

Artists Squidsoup bring the walls of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to life with dynamic digital projections made of animated texts and quotes from Shakespearean characters.

Living Walls respond to the actions of passersby, with often playful results as colourful shapes explode upon the wall and words wriggle across the brickwork.

Created especially for the World Shakespeare Festival.


The Story Garden
Ruinart Circle Bar
Saturdays 10am – 11am on selected dates until October
Suitable for 4 – 8 year olds

£2 per child, £3 per adult

Box Office: 0844 800 1110 or book online.

Join the Storyteller for a charming reworking of Shakespeare's plays using music, rhyme, song and dance. The Story Garden provides children with an enchanting introduction to the works of Shakespeare with each hourly session presenting a different tale.

In A Pickle
An Oily Cart/RSC Co-production
Swan Room
23 May – 17 June 2012
Suitable for 2 – 4 year olds

£5 per child, £10 per adult

Box Office: 0844 800 1110 or book online.

The RSC joins forces with leading creators of theatre for the very young, Oily Cart, for an interactive theatre piece that introduces two to four year olds to the magic of Shakespeare for the very first time.

Created especially for the World Shakespeare Festival and inspired by The Winter's Tale, In A Pickle combines live music, beautiful costumes, smells and textures for a multisensory journey through the landscape of Shakespeare's imagination and the music of his language.

The adventure begins in the woolly pastures of the Shepherdess and her flock of little sheep. She is having a party to celebrate the sheep shearing. When she discovers a lost baby, the audience is called on to help solve the clues about where the baby comes from. Together they travel over the salty sea to the sad court where a happy ending is found.

The Dell Open Air Theatre
Avonbank Gardens, near Holy Trinity Church
Saturdays, 9 June – 26 August

On Saturdays throughout the summer the RSC's open air performance space, The Dell, provides the setting for a wide selection of Shakespearian productions performed by amateur and semi-professionals theatre companies, schools, universities and community groups.

This festival of outdoor theatre provides a great showcase for amateur acting talent from across the globe and this year The Dell features performances from Open Stages, the RSC's flagship project engaging with amateur theatre. The Dell also has a new performance space, a copy of the thrust stage in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, allowing audiences the opportunity to sit much closer to the action. Performances last 90 minutes. For full listings visit The Dell.


For further information please contact Mark Farnan in the RSC press office on 01789 272438 or via email: mark.farnan@rsc.org.uk.

Bringing the family to the RSC

The RSC welcomes families to its theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. Performances are suitable for children aged 5 and over, unless specified, and family ticket discounts are available Monday to Friday evenings and all matinees.

In addition to a wide range of public events, the RSC offers a comprehensive education programme, there is a play cart full of fun activities available to use every day, an easy to follow treasure trail throughout the building and a Reading Room which families can make use of. During school holidays can take a free trip up the RSC Tower (up to 2 children aged 16 years and under for every paying adult) and special family tours of the building are offered on selected dates throughout the year. Children are also welcome in the Rooftop Restaurant.

There are baby changing facilities in all ladies toilets plus the Swan Theatre and the building is pram-friendly with good level access throughout and lift access to all floors. For more informations see the Bringing The Family section on our website.



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