The Courtyard Theatre

The Courtyard Theatre

Situated on Southern Lane, just along the river bank from the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres, the Courtyard Theatre was our temporary home during the Transformation Project.

It provided a full-scale working prototype for the new RST's thrust stage auditorium, seating approximately 1,045 audience members around a thrust stage.

It closed at the end of January 2011, but was used as additional performance space during the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival.

It was built on the site of The Other Place (TOP), the RSC's home for new and experimental work.

Planning is currently underway to reinstate The Other Place. Alongside the auditorium, plans include new rehearsal rooms, a café and a new home for our 30,000 piece costume store.

Find out more about the new TOP.


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