In 2012 approximately 3,000 amateur theatre makers took part in the UK's in amateur theatre's biggest ever celebration of Shakespeare.
Applications for the Open Stages 2013-16 are open. Apply now.
Open Stages 2013-16: Work with us to produce your own Shakespeare production
We are looking for 100 amateur companies across the UK to produce a Shakespeare or Shakespeare-themed production in their own venue, hired hall or outdoor site.
Working with our professional partner theatres, this new phase of the RSC Open Stages project will focus on learning, with each amateur company receiving training, director mentoring, feedback and support.
'Open Stages has enabled the RSC to engage with, and celebrate amateur, grass roots, theatre making.
'It has also transported many of us in professional theatre back to where our love of theatre began and reminded us of the energy, passion, and commitment it takes to create theatre wherever you're doing it.'
Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director
For more information about applying to be a part of Open Stages, read our FAQs.
If your amateur company is interested in taking part download an application form now.
Ordinary people, extraordinary performances: watch the Open Stages trailer.
Working with adults to bridge the gap between amateur and professional theatre.
Your questions answered about how to apply to be a part of Open Stages 2013.