Adelaide Road


In 2011, the Adelaide Road project created a downloadable App used by audiences as they travelled from the Roundhouse to the Hampstead Theatre, when the RSC had productions showing in both London theatres at the same time.

Using Shakespeare's As You Like It as inspiration, the App allowed people to explore 21st century representations and interpretations of the play's themes of love, betrayal, exile and home, as they travelled along Adelaide Road, the real London road linking the two theatres.

The project was created through a series of writing workshops where participants were asked to respond creatively to the history and people of Adelaide Road, using their own experiences, the RSC's production and Shakespeare's story as inspiration.

Written by poet in residence Aoife Mannix and directed by Ola Animashawun.

Even though these residencies are now finished you can still experience the Adelaide Road project through the iPhone app and a web map.

Download the App
The iPhone App allows you to play games to collect virtual letters. It also lets you listen to recordings of stories/poems written by participants and poet Aoife Mannix that are thematically linked to each of the seven stages of your journey. In addition you can listen to the 'Red Letter' scenes that were included in the performance.

Download iPhone App

View the web map
You can travel Adelaide Road from Hampstead Theatre to the Nature Reserve and listen to the work that has been created.

Launch the Web App


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