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The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made.

With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:15pmMay 27, 28, 29
June 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26
July 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29
Aug 1, 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 29, 31
Sep 1, 2
7pmJuly 22
1:15pmMay 28
June 20, 23
July 4, 9, 30
Aug 8, 13, 22, 29
Sep 2
1pmJuly 21

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Othello
Othello

Othello is the greatest general of his age. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:15pmJune 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 24, 27, 29, 30
July 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31
Aug 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28
7pmJune 11
Aug 26
1:15pmJune 13, 18, 25, 27
July 1, 2, 11, 16, 18, 25
Aug 1, 6, 15, 20

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The Head That Wears a Crown
The Head That Wears a Crown

The Head that Wears a Crown will tell the story of Prince Hal from errant prince to the victorious King Henry V. The performance will celebrate the achievements of children and young people in the Learning and Performance.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
2pmJuly 8

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A Midsummer Night
A Midsummer Night's Dream

For the first time Garsington Opera collaborates with the RSC on a joint project, with performances at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Garsington Opera’s spectacular pavilion on the Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire.A rare opportunity to see an abridged version of Shakespeare’s play, performed by members of the RSC, with Mendelssohn’s enchanting music, sung and played by Garsington Opera Singers and Orchestra.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:30pmJuly 26

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Henry V
Henry V

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V, performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:15pmSep 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
Oct 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
7pmSep 22
Oct 21
2pmOct 25
1:15pmSep 19, 24, 26
Oct 1, 3, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

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Wendy & Peter Pan
Wendy & Peter Pan

Return to Neverland this winter with Ella Hickson’s acclaimed re-telling of JM Barrie’s classic children’s story. Jonathan Munby’s spectacular sell-out production wowed audiences in 2013 and we’re delighted to bring it back for 2015.

Wendy, Peter, Tink and the Lost Boys are waiting to take you on an unforgettable journey…

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:15pmNov 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30
Dec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30
Jan 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
7pmNov 25
1pmNov 25
1:15pmNov 28
Dec 3, 5, 8, 11, 12, 17, 19, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
Jan 2, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
2pmDec 20
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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The Jew of Malta
The Jew of Malta

Malta is threatened with invasion by the Turkish Empire. The Christian Governor attempts to buy off the invading fleet with monies levied from the island’s Jewish population. When the prominent Jewish merchant, Barabas, protests the levy, the Governor seizes the entire fortune to pay the bribe. The enraged Barabas plans a bloody vengeance that threatens to destroy the island.

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Swan Theatre
7:30pmMay 27, 30
June 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27
July 17, 18, 25, 29, 30
Aug 3, 4, 11, 19, 20, 28, 29
Sep 3, 4, 7, 8
1:30pmMay 27
June 6, 10, 20, 27
July 18, 25
Aug 12, 29

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Love
Love's Sacrifice

Struck by love at first sight, the Duke of Pavia has married the beautiful Bianca. Unknown to him, his best friend Fernando has also fallen for Bianca, and with each day that passes he finds it harder to conceal his true feelings. Ford’s rarely performed play is a thrilling revenge tragedy powered by the destructive force of unrequited love.

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Swan Theatre
7:30pmMay 28, 29
June 2, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24
1:30pmMay 30
June 3, 13

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Famous Victories of Henry V
Famous Victories of Henry V

Get involved in the exhilarating adventure of notorious bad boy Prince Hal as he swaps his rebellious life on the streets of London for the battlefields of France to become one of the most famous heroes in British history. Featuring Shakespeare’s original language, this production, which will allow audiences to get involved in the action, is the perfect first encounter with Shakespeare’s work for young people aged 8 and upwards.

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Swan Theatre
10amJune 5
2:30pmJune 5, 12
11amJune 12

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Open Stages Regional Showcase
Open Stages Regional Showcase

As a Celebration of both Shakespeare and amateur theatre, a selection of amateur companies will be performing extracts of their Shakespeare productions produced as part of the RSC's Open Stages project.

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Swan Theatre
7pmJune 14

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Volpone
Volpone

Volpone is already a rich man. But he worships gold, he understands greed, and he wants to get even richer. He knows that the bankers and businessmen in the city will stop at nothing to make money … more and more money. Sounds familiar. Former RSC Artistic Director returns to direct Henry Goodman in the title role of Jonson’s comic, satiric, angry, timeless play.

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Swan Theatre
7:30pmJuly 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 31
Aug 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31
Sep 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
7pmJuly 9
1:30pmJuly 11, 15, 22, 24, 29
Aug 1, 5, 8, 15, 19, 22, 26
Sep 2, 5, 12

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Hecuba
Hecuba

Troy has fallen, and as the cries die down after the final battle, there are reckonings to be made. The vicious victor Agamemnon has slaughtered his own daughter to win this war. But now another sacrifice is demanded…

RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman directs Marina Carr’s reimagining of the legend of Hecuba in a visceral new play.

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Swan Theatre
7:30pmSep 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
Oct 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
7pmSep 24
1:30pmSep 26, 30
Oct 3, 7, 10, 14, 17

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Love for Love
Love for Love

Valentine, finds himself at a standstill; the only way out of his financial difficulties is to sign over his right of inheritance to his younger brother. He accepts the deal but, fearing he will now be spurned by his beloved Angelica, takes drastic action to ensure he retains what is rightfully his.

Selina Cadell directs Congreve’s glorious Restoration comedy where love for love is stronger than love for money.

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Swan Theatre
7:30pmOct 28, 29, 30, 31
Nov 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 30
Dec 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 18, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31
Jan 1, 5, 9, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22
7pmNov 4
1:30pmNov 7, 14
Dec 2, 5, 8, 12, 19, 23, 26
Jan 2, 6, 16, 20

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Queen Anne
Queen Anne

1702. Princess Anne is soon to become Queen, and her advisors vie for influence over the future monarch. Contending with deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie, and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.

Natalie Abrahami directs Helen Edmundson’s gripping new play exploring the little known story of a monarch caught between friendship and duty.

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Swan Theatre
7:30pmNov 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28
Dec 3, 4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 29
Jan 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 16, 18, 23
7pmNov 26
1pmNov 26
1:30pmNov 28
Dec 9, 16, 17, 30
Jan 9, 13, 23

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Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical

Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. Wit book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty…

Winner of 50 international awards, including 12 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to delight audiences of all ages in both London and on Broadway.

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Cambridge Theatre
2:30pmMay 27, 28, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, 30
Aug 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
Sep 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Oct 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 29, 31
Nov 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Dec 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
Jan 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Feb 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 27
Mar 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Apr 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
7:30pmMay 27, 28, 29, 30
June 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
Aug 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
Sep 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30
Oct 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31
Nov 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
Dec 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30
Jan 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
Feb 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Mar 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
Apr 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
3pmMay 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dec 6, 13, 20, 27
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar 6, 13, 20, 27
Apr 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
7pmJune 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Dec 1, 8, 15
Jan 5, 12, 19, 26
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24

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Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman

In the land of the free, each man is in charge of his own destiny. But as old age begins to take hold of Willy Loman, the dream of retiring with his loving wife and watching his handsome sons continue his legacy seems further away than ever. Directed by Gregory Doran, this production marks the centenary celebrations of Arthur Miller.

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Noel Coward Theatre
2pmMay 27, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18
7:30pmMay 27, 28, 29, 30
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit


Blithe Spirit
A comedy By Noel Coward
A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmJune 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
2:30pmJune 13

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Relatively Speaking
Relatively Speaking


Relatively Speaking
A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmOct 30, 31
Nov 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
2:30pmOct 31

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Henry V
Henry V

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V, performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmNov 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
Dec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 18, 19, 23, 30
1:30pmNov 12, 14, 19, 21, 28
Dec 5, 19
7pmNov 11

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Henry IV Part I
Henry IV Part I

RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff in Shakespeare's thrilling and comic vision of a nation in turmoil.

In Part I, Henry prepares for the onset of war with Prince Hal and Falstaff thrust into the brutality of the battlefield.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmDec 12, 16, 21, 28
1:30pmDec 17, 22, 29

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Henry IV Part II
Henry IV Part II

King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface.

Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare's heart breaking conclusion to this epic pair of plays.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmDec 14, 15, 17, 22, 29

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Richard II
Richard II

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant as Richard II. Richard II is the first production in a new cycle of Shakespeare’s History Plays, directed by Gregory, that will be performed over the coming seasons. David is joined in the company by Oliver Ford Davies, both of whom appeared in the acclaimed 2008 Hamlet.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmJan 7, 8, 9
1:30pmJan 9
2pmJan 10

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King and Country: Cycle A
King and Country: Cycle A

Our residency at the Barbican culminates in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death: KING AND COUNTRY: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings - a complete 4-play season cycle of all four productions in repertoire.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmJan 12

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King and Country: Cycle B
King and Country: Cycle B

Our residency at the Barbican culminates in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death: KING AND COUNTRY: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings - a complete 4-play season cycle of all four productions in repertoire.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmJan 15

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King and Country: Cycle C
King and Country: Cycle C

Our residency at the Barbican culminates in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death: KING AND COUNTRY: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings - a complete 4-play season cycle of all four productions in repertoire.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmJan 19

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King and Country: Cycle D
King and Country: Cycle D

Our residency at the Barbican culminates in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death: KING AND COUNTRY: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings - a complete 4-play season cycle of all four productions in repertoire.

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Barbican Theatre
7:15pmJan 22

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TOURING PRODUCTIONS

The Famous Victories of Henry V
The Famous Victories of Henry V

Get involved in the exhilarating adventure of notorious bad boy Prince Hal as he swaps his rebellious life on the streets of London for the battlefields of France to become one of the most famous heroes in British history.

Featuring Shakespeare's original language, this production, which will allow audiences to get involved in the action, is the perfect first encounter with Shakespeare's work for young people aged 8 and upwards.

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UK Tour,  

18 June - 16 July 2015

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Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical

Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty…

Winner of 50 international awards, including 12 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to delight audiences of all ages across the world.

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Shubert Theatre, New York

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Wolf Hall, Parts one & two
Wolf Hall, Parts one & two

WOLF HALL Parts One & Two is coming to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement! Performed in repertory, Hilary Mantel's exhilarating stories of power and persuasion in Tudor England will transport audiences to the volatile court of King Henry VIII, where words cut like steel and the shadow of the Tower loomed over all.

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Winter Garden Theatre, New York

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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Talks, Demos and Readings

Blood Guts and Gore
Blood Guts and Gore

A demonstration of how to create fake bruises, cuts and scars. Willing participants will be required!
Suitable for all ages.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
11amMay 29
July 29
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

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Director Talk: Othello
Director Talk: Othello

A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
5:15pmJune 10

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Gregory Doran Trevor Nunn
Gregory Doran Trevor Nunn

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and former RSC Artistic Director, Trevor Nunn, prior to the opening of his production of Volpone, come together to discuss their work and experiences. Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating event.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10amJune 27

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Unwrap: Othello
Unwrap: Othello

Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift theplay from the page to the stage.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amAug 1

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Unwrap: The Merchant of Venice
Unwrap: The Merchant of Venice

Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift theplay from the page to the stage.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amAug 8

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Director Talk: Henry V
Director Talk: Henry V

A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
5:15pmSep 21

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Unwrap: Henry V
Unwrap: Henry V

Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of therehearsal processes used to lift theplay from the page to the stage.
Suitable for ages 12+

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amOct 3

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Director Talk: Peter Pan
Director Talk: Peter Pan

A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
5:15pmNov 24

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Unwrap: The Jew of Malta
Unwrap: The Jew of Malta

Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift theplay from the page to the stage.

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Swan Theatre
10:15amJune 20

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Othello: A racist play?
Othello: A racist play?

A panel discussion around the themes raised in the summer season.

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Swan Theatre
11amAug 9

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Unwrap: Volpone
Unwrap: Volpone

Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the rehearsal processes used to lift theplay from the page to the stage.

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Swan Theatre
10:15amAug 22

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Anti-Semitic plays?
Anti-Semitic plays?

A panel discussion around the themes raised in the summer season.

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Swan Theatre
11amAug 30

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Writer Director Talk:Hecuba
Writer Director Talk:Hecuba

A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage.

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Swan Theatre
5:15pmSep 23

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Director Talk:Love for Love
Director Talk:Love for Love

A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage.

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Swan Theatre
5:15pmNov 3

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Writer Director Talk: Anne
Writer Director Talk: Anne

A chance to hear the writer and director of the Queen Anne in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage.

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Swan Theatre
5:15pmNov 25

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Director Talk for Students
Director Talk for Students

Hear from either the director or assistant director about the production. Discussing what decisions have been made for the show, the thoughts behind design and casting choices and what it means to stage the play for a modern audience.

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Clore Learning Centre
5:30pmJune 18, 26
July 10

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Chawton House Library
Chawton House Library

A visit to Chawton House Library, the home of Edward Austen Knight, followed by a visit to Jane Austen's house in the village of Chawton.

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RSC Friends Events
8:15amJune 12

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Matthew Kelly
Matthew Kelly

Following his distinguished career on stage, including Of Mice and Men for which he received a Laurence Olivier award for Best Actor in 2004, Matthew Kelly makes his RSC debut as part of the Swan Company this summer. We are deligted that he has agreed to come and speak to the Friends.

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Holy Trinity Parish Centre
4pmJune 19

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RSC Summer School
RSC Summer School

Now in its 68th year, this celebrated week-long course offers participants insights into current productions and the theatre-making process with talks by actors and directors.

Suitable for ages 18+

The RSC Summer School runs from Sunday 16 - Friday 21 August 2015.

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The Shakespeare Institute
6pmAug 16

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Director Talk:Henry V Barbican
Director Talk:Henry V Barbican

A chance to hear the director of the play in conversation, talking about the decisions they have made bringing the play to the stage.

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Barbican Theatre
5:15pmNov 10

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Unwrap:Henry V at the Barbican
Unwrap:Henry V at the Barbican

Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of therehearsal processes used to lift theplay from the page to the stage.
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Barbican Theatre
10:30amNov 21

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Post Show Talkback: The Jew of Malta
Post Show Talkback: The Jew of Malta

Stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions.
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Swan Theatre

Onstage in the theatre auditorium, Tuesday 4 August

Post Show Talkback: Othello
Post Show Talkback: Othello

Stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Onstage in the theatre auditorium, Tuesday 11 August

Post Show Talkback: The Merchant of Venice
Post Show Talkback: The Merchant of Venice

Stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Onstage in the theatre auditorium, Wednesday 15 July

Post Show Talkback: Love's Sacrifice
Post Show Talkback: Love's Sacrifice

Stay on after the show for this discussion with members of the acting company where you get the chance to ask the questions.
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Swan Theatre

Onstage in the theatre auditorium, Monday 8 June

Family Friendly

Family Workshop: Merchant
Family Workshop: Merchant

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that looks at Shakespeare's characters, themes and language from The Merchant of Venice.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amJune 20

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Family Workshop: Othello
Family Workshop: Othello

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that looks at Shakespeare's characters, themes and language from Othello.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amJune 13
July 18

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Family Workshop
Family Workshop

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that looks at Shakespeare's characters, themes and language.

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Clore Learning Centre
2pmAug 5, 19, 26

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Family Workshop: Henry V
Family Workshop: Henry V

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that give an introduction to the play, character, themes and language in a fun and informative way. Suitable for ages 8+

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 3, 24

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Family Workshop: Peter Pan
Family Workshop: Peter Pan

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that give an introduction to the play, character, themes and language in a fun and informative way. Suitable for ages 8+

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Clore Learning Centre
10amDec 5
Jan 16

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Summer Family Activities
Summer Family Activities

Lots of things for families to get enjoy during the summer holiday at our home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Saturday 18 July - Sunday 6 September

Midsummer Sundae meets PILOT Sites
Midsummer Sundae meets PILOT Sites

We join forces with PILOT to host six brand new performances all over the theatre and outdoor spaces. Alongside this array of performances you can enjoy a range of craft activities, live music and a selection of food and drink.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Sunday 21 June, from 11am

May half term activities
May half term activities

There are lots of activities for families to get involved in this May half term at the theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Saturday 23 May - Sunday 31 May

Family Trail
Family Trail

A trail for all ages to explore the theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon in an easy to follow route. Answer clues as you through the theatre's history, inspirations and stories.

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Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatre

Available from leaflet racks in the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres.

Play Cart
Play Cart

The Play Cart is full of fun activities for all ages to enjoy whilst visiting the theatre. From colouring to making masks, there's a new adventure to be made every time you come.

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Riverside Cafe, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Available all day, every day.

Workshops

Singing Workshop
Singing Workshop

Learn some simple songs as a group and sing your heart out. No musical knowledge needed, just a love of singing! Suitable for ages 8+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
2pmMay 27

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Family Day: Wendy and Peter
Family Day: Wendy and Peter

An interactive demonstration that uncovers the story and theatre making process in creating Wendy and Peter Pan. Includes opportunites to take part. For ages 8+

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amJan 9

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Stage Fighting Workshop
Stage Fighting Workshop

Learn how to pull a punch in this practical stagefighting session which will teach you simple, safe techniques used by actors. Taught by Tom Jordan, RSC Associate Practitioner.
Suitable for ages 10+

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Clore Learning Centre
11amMay 27
Aug 19, 26
2pmMay 27
Aug 5, 19, 26

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Speaking Shakespeare
Speaking Shakespeare

Want to have a go at speaking some of Shakespeare's speeches? Come along to this fun and lively session that will have you quoting Shakespeare like a pro!

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Clore Learning Centre
11amAug 4, 5

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Stage Fight Club
Stage Fight Club

Over a course of ten weeks, learn to be a swashbuckler, bar brawler, and adventuring hero! An active 2 hour session run by RSC Associate Practitioner and Stage Combat Instructor Tom Jordan.

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Clore Learning Centre
7pmMay 27
June 3, 10, 17
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug 12, 19, 26
Sep 2, 9, 23, 30
Oct 7, 14, 21
Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Dec 2

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Write On! Young Writers Group
Write On! Young Writers Group

A writing group for young people aged 12 to 16 who are interested in creative writing, from poems and plays to stories or songs.

The sessions will be led by professional writer Sue Brown.
Please note that sessions will take place in the Clore Learning Centre, not the Swan Reading Room as stated on the ticket.

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Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre
10:30amJune 13

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Family Workshop: Merchant
Family Workshop: Merchant

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that looks at Shakespeare's characters, themes and language from The Merchant of Venice.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amJune 20

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Family Workshop: Othello
Family Workshop: Othello

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that looks at Shakespeare's characters, themes and language from Othello.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amJune 13
July 18

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Play in Two Days
Play in Two Days

A Practical Workshop for 15-18 years.
Create your own version of one of Shakespeare's plays in just two days. Using text, practical theatre skills and games, work with an RSC practitioner and perform at the RSC's open air theatre, The Dell.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amAug 1

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Making Shakespeare Week
Making Shakespeare Week

A series of practical workshops that offer the opportunity to share and develop acting, performance and devising skills with RSC practitioners.

Suitable for ages 18+

Runs from 3th - 7th August 2014. 6 hr sessions each day including lunch break. Meals and accommodation not included.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amAug 3

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Family Workshop
Family Workshop

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that looks at Shakespeare's characters, themes and language.

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Clore Learning Centre
2pmAug 5, 19, 26

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Summer Skills: 8 - 11 years
Summer Skills: 8 - 11 years

Join an RSC practitioner each day and learn new theatre skills. Each two hour session provides an introduction to a different skill for making theatre.

£10 per session or book all 5 sessions for £45 (offer not available online).

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Clore Learning Centre
10:30amAug 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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Summer Skills: 12 - 16 years
Summer Skills: 12 - 16 years

Join an RSC practitioner each day and learn new theatre skills. Each two hour session provides an introduction to a different skill for making theatre.

£10 per session or book all 5 sessions for £45 (offer not available online).

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Clore Learning Centre
2pmAug 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

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Stage Combat Weekend
Stage Combat Weekend

A 3 day intensive course (unarmed module) with RSC Associate Practitioner Tom Jordan including an Academy of Performance Combat (APC) examination.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amAug 21

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Family Workshop: Henry V
Family Workshop: Henry V

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that give an introduction to the play, character, themes and language in a fun and informative way. Suitable for ages 8+

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 3, 24

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Voice and Text Masterclass
Voice and Text Masterclass

This course is designed to give participants an immersive experience of the Text and Voice work of the RSC. It explores the kind of process actors undertake as they interpret and own Shakespeare's language. Over the course of the two days participants will explore the language physically and vocally, uncovering the structures, sounds, rhythms and rhetoric of the language that help actors unlock its meaning.

Runs from Friday 16 - Sat 17 October 2015.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 16

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Play in a Day: 9-11 years
Play in a Day: 9-11 years

Create your own version of one of Shakespeare's plays in just one day. Using text, practical theatre skills and games, work with an RSC practitioner for a fun day of Shakespeare.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 26

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Play in a Day: 12-14 years
Play in a Day: 12-14 years

Create your own version of one of Shakespeare's plays in just one day. Using text, practical theatre skills and games, work with an RSC practitioner for a fun day of Shakespeare.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 27

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Play in a Day: 15-18 years
Play in a Day: 15-18 years

Create your own version of one of Shakespeare's plays in just one day. Using text, practical theatre skills and games, work with an RSC practitioner for a fun day of Shakespeare.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 28

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Family Workshop: Peter Pan
Family Workshop: Peter Pan

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that give an introduction to the play, character, themes and language in a fun and informative way. Suitable for ages 8+

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Clore Learning Centre
10amDec 5
Jan 16

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Music

Rufus Wainwright - Solo
Rufus Wainwright - Solo

Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright joins us Live at the RSC as one of a select number of UK dates this Summer.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:30pmJuly 12

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Kate Rusby
Kate Rusby

Remarkable interpretive singer and songwriter, Kate Rusby, joins us Live at the RSC on Sunday 2 August.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:30pmAug 2

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Richard Digance
Richard Digance

BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, Richard Digance is listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs.

Join Richard at The Bear Pit Theatre for his a new 2015 one-man show new material in the first half and golden oldies to take you back in part two.

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmJune 7

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Education

Insight Into: Othello
Insight Into: Othello

Pre-show sessions in the theatre with members of the acting company and creative teams which explore how text has been brought to life on stage and the range of interpretative choices available to the director and actors. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the production.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amJuly 2

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Othello Sixth Form Conference
Othello Sixth Form Conference

For students aged 16+, we currently offer sixth-form and undergraduate conferences and courses which are opportunities to explore Shakespeare's plays and/or theatre-making in more depth.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10amJuly 6

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Insight Into: The Merchant
Insight Into: The Merchant

Pre-show sessions in the theatre with members of the acting company and creative teams which explore how text has been brought to life on stage and the range of interpretative choices available to the director and actors. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the production.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amJuly 9

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Henry V 6th Form Conference
Henry V 6th Form Conference

For students aged 16+, we currently offer sixth-form and undergraduate conferences and courses which are opportunities to explore Shakespeare's plays and/or theatre-making in more depth.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10amOct 15

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Insight Into:Wendy & Peter Pan
Insight Into:Wendy & Peter Pan

Pre-show sessions in the theatre with members of the acting company and creative teams which explore how text has been brought to life on stage and the range of interpretative choices available to the director and actors. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the production.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amJan 7, 13, 14

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Peter Pan Primary Open Day
Peter Pan Primary Open Day

The RSC opens its doors to primary students to unlock the process of creating and staging Wendy & Peter Pan.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
9amJan 21

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Insight Into: Jew of Malta
Insight Into: Jew of Malta

Pre-show sessions in the theatre with members of the acting company and creative teams which explore how text has been brought to life on stage and the range of interpretative choices available to the director and actors. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the production.

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Swan Theatre
10:15amJune 10

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Volpone Sixth Form Conference
Volpone Sixth Form Conference

For students aged 16+, we currently offer sixth-form and undergraduate conferences and courses which are opportunities to explore Shakespeare's plays and/or theatre-making in more depth.

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Swan Theatre
10amSep 10

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Director Talk for Students
Director Talk for Students

Hear from either the director or assistant director about the production. Discussing what decisions have been made for the show, the thoughts behind design and casting choices and what it means to stage the play for a modern audience.

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Clore Learning Centre
5:30pmJune 18, 26
July 10

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RSC Summer School:18 to 25
RSC Summer School:18 to 25

Dive head first into the RSC this summer with our immersive ensemble experience. Spend 5 days in Stratford-upon-Avon, using All’s Well That Ends Well and Hamlet as a starting point to explore the rehearsal process and really get under the skin of an ensemble company. Led by artists and creative teams from the RSC and featuring sessions on text, voice, movement and more, this practical, intensive course is perfect for English or Drama students aged 18 - 25, or anyone looking to pursue a career in performance.

Running from Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 August 2015

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Clore Learning Centre
9amAug 24

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Teaching the Histories
Teaching the Histories

Participants will be introduced to accessible ways of exploring Henry V at KS2. The day will also include transferable strategies which encourage a close study of the text through exploring key scenes and speeches.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 9

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Peter Pan Writing Workshop
Clore Learning Centre
3pmNov 24
10amNov 25

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Exploring the Histories
Exploring the Histories

Join RSC Education Pracititioners and experts from the Museum of London for firstly an active workshop exploring Henry V,then exploring original tudor artifacts from the museum's collection in a hands on workshop to discover what life was like in Shakespeare's London and finishing with a tour of the medieval gallery.

Museum of London
12pmNov 26
Dec 3

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Comedy

Richard Digance
Richard Digance

BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, Richard Digance is listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs.

Join Richard at The Bear Pit Theatre for his a new 2015 one-man show new material in the first half and golden oldies to take you back in part two.

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmJune 7

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Mumbo Jumbo by Sean Hughes
Mumbo Jumbo by Sean Hughes

Multi award winning comedian Sean Hughes is back with a new show called Mumbo Jumbo. Sean talks about slipping into middle age and keeping on the right side of sanity.

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmSep 19

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Tours & Tower Visits

Tower Visit
Tower Visit

Rising 36 metres above the River Avon, the Tower offers an iconic anchor for our theatres while providing fantastic views of Shakespeare's home town.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Available most days. Booking in advance is recommended.

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Front of House Tours
Front of House Tours

Tour the Front of House areas of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and journey from the beginnings of the theatre in 1879 to the modern day. Hear behind the scenes secrets such as how costumes are made and effects are achieved.

We have a wide range of tours available including exclusive packages for groups on selected dates throughout the year. Why not combine your group tour with morning coffee, cream tea or a trip up the tower?
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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Behind the Scenes Tours
Behind the Scenes Tours

These guided tours explore both the public and private areas of the theatre. You will learn about origins of the RSC and its theatres in Stratford, as well as exploring a production in more depth to learn about the theatre making process.

We have a wide range of tours available including exclusive packages for groups on selected dates throughout the year. Why not combine your group tour with morning coffee, cream tea or a trip up the tower?
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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Family Tours
Family Tours

Aimed at our younger visitors, these tours explore our plays, the theatre making process, Shakespeare and why we have theatre today. The guides will share some behind the scenes secrets, such as how costumes are made and effects achieved. There is also the chance to handle some of our props and try on a costume.
Family tours last for approximately one hour and are suitable for children aged 6 to 11.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Available most days. Booking in advance is recommended.

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Touch Tours
Touch Tours

Touch Tours are offered to visually impaired patrons attending an audio described performance on the same day.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
5pmJuly 10, 29
11amJuly 25
Aug 22
Oct 24
Jan 30
5:15pmJune 17, 27
Aug 14
Oct 10
Jan 8, 15, 23
11:15amJune 13
Sep 5
Oct 17
Dec 19
12pmJan 10

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After Dark Tours
After Dark Tours

Join us on an after dark tour and learn about the grey lady and other RSC spectres on a ghost tour.
After the show, as the theatre transforms from a bustling hive of activity to a quiet and empty building you will be taken on a guided tour through the old parts of the theatre to discover the Shakespearean and real ghosts of the RSC.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
11pmJune 19, 27
July 10, 25, 31
Aug 8, 15, 28

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Live at the RSC

Rufus Wainwright - Solo
Rufus Wainwright - Solo

Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright joins us Live at the RSC as one of a select number of UK dates this Summer.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:30pmJuly 12

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Kate Rusby
Kate Rusby

Remarkable interpretive singer and songwriter, Kate Rusby, joins us Live at the RSC on Sunday 2 August.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:30pmAug 2

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The Story Garden

The Story Garden
The Story Garden

Introduce your family to the stories of Shakespeare in a fun and lively way, where everyone gets involved. Each session tells a different Shakespeare tale. For children aged 4-8 years.

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Clore Learning Centre
11amMay 27
Aug 5, 19, 26

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Visiting Companies

Richard Digance
Richard Digance

BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, Richard Digance is listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs.

Join Richard at The Bear Pit Theatre for his a new 2015 one-man show new material in the first half and golden oldies to take you back in part two.

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmJune 7

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Mumbo Jumbo by Sean Hughes
Mumbo Jumbo by Sean Hughes

Multi award winning comedian Sean Hughes is back with a new show called Mumbo Jumbo. Sean talks about slipping into middle age and keeping on the right side of sanity.

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmSep 19

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The Dell - Free Theatre

Damsels, Hags and Heroines by Second Best Bed
Damsels, Hags and Heroines by Second Best Bed

Meet some of Shakespeare's most infamous female characters including the three witches from Macbeth and the feisty Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing.  An all female cast of four perform a high energy selection of scenes and music from Shakespeare's plays.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sat 6 June. Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 45 mins

Shakespeare's Will, GO2 Theatre
Shakespeare's Will, GO2 Theatre

Combining extracts from Shakespeare's plays with new writing, this production explores Anne Hathaway's feelings for her husband William Shakespeare. Showing love in all its forms, from youthful passion to grief for a loved one, and the cruel and confusing game that love can be.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 7 June. Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

The Comedy of Errors, The BRIT School
The Comedy of Errors, The BRIT School

Welcome to Essex, where the tans are fake but the people are definitely not. Two sets of twins, separated at birth, have ended up in Essex.  Amongst the spray tans and manicures prepare for confusion and chaos as one twin tries to find his brother and mother.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sat 13 June. Free performances at 12 noon. Running time: 1 hr 15 mins

Coriolanus, The BRIT school
Coriolanus, The BRIT school

In a time of scarcity and strife the warring enclaves of the Romans and Valpone Volscians meet to do battle.  The Children of savvy Volumia lead the battle without the city and within. A fierce power play erupts within the Roman upper ranks ans the common people.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sat 13 June. Free performances at 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 15 mins

Henry V, The BRIT School
Henry V, The BRIT School

During the years of the First World War roughly 1.6 million women joined the UK workforce; this all female production of Henry V sees women attempting to make sense of the war as they re-enact Shakespeare's play on the munitions factory floor.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 14 June. Free performance at 12pm. Running time: 1 hr 15 mins

The Complete Voyages of Falstaff, Cantabrigia
The Complete Voyages of Falstaff, Cantabrigia

A joyous, evocative and colourful romp featuring a variety of Shakespeare's characters. Exploring themes of love and survival, accompanied by a generous dose of linguistic puns and physical slapstick, this is a comedy for all the family to enjoy.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 14 June. Free performance at 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Love's Fool, Richmond Shakespeare Society
Love's Fool, Richmond Shakespeare Society

A Shakespearean extravaganza accompanied by Elizabethan music and song. The show features scenes from across the Shakespearean canon, illustrating the universal theme of love, in all its forms and was originally commissioned by Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 20 June. Free performances at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Fanfare for the Common Wo/man, Rosehill Shakespeare Players
Fanfare for the Common Wo/man, Rosehill Shakespeare Players

A celebration of Everyman and Everywoman in Shakespeare. Not the kings and queens, but the brawling drunkards to earnest lovers, who provide so much of the colour in Shakespeare's plays. An RSC Open Stages production.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 27 June. Free performances at 12pm and 3pm. Running time: 1 hour

Much Ado About Nothing, CL Collective
Much Ado About Nothing, CL Collective

This production is Stratford, East London meets Stratford-upon-Avon. Beatrice and Benedick's clever wit is set against aspiring estate agent baddies, while dogs and prams are dragged around to a car stereo soundtrack of grime and drum and bass. Full of energy, good humour, cheeky charm, and group dance moves.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 28 June. Free performance at 12 noon. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

The Revenger's Tragedy, CL Collective
The Revenger's Tragedy, CL Collective

The company, made up of Professional Acting Diploma students, offer a stream-lined, immersive, cross-gender version of the play. This bloody, bitter and darkly comic work by Shakespeare's contemporary, Thomas Middleton, exposes the corruption of the rich and powerful.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 28 June. Free performance at 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Into the Breach by Mark Carey
Into the Breach by Mark Carey

George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life so he decides to join the village Drama Club. Set during the Second World War this nostalgic, funny and moving story is a vivid portrait of village life with all seventeen colourful characters played by one man.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 4 July. Free performance at 12 noon. Running time: 1 hr 25 mins

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stratford to Stratford
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stratford to Stratford

Freedom. Fairies. Love potion. Canals?

Inspired by Britain's waterways, this production is brought to you by thirty 16 - 18 year olds. They have travelled for six days by canal to write, create and rehearse their own version of the play which is set in the industrial revolution.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 4 July. Free performance at 2.30pm. Running time: 45 minutes

The Tempest, Midsummer Madness Theatre Company
The Tempest, Midsummer Madness Theatre Company

Midsummer Madness returns with a wondrous new production of Shakespeare's final, most enchantingly imaginative play. Prepare to be bewitched by the magic, engaged by the trickery and tickled by the foolishness.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 5 July. Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hour 20 mins

Hamlet, Everyman Youth Theatre
Hamlet, Everyman Youth Theatre

A reduced version of Hamlet performed by an ensemble of young people, and influenced by Berkoff and Orwell's 1984. Everyman Theatre Cardiff have taken part in the RSC Open Stages project.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 11 July. Free performances at 11.45am and 3pm each day. Running time: 1 hour 15 mins

Dirtbag Shakespeare by Heroes Theatre
Dirtbag Shakespeare by Heroes Theatre

Adapted from the hilarious blogs by New York Time bestselling author Mallory Ortberg where Shakespeare's plays are reimagined with a rebellious teenage cast. Dirtbag Shakespeare is a fast paced, funny performance where teenage angst crashes into classical drama.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 12 July. Free performances at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 45 minutes

Romeo and Juliet, Honley Shakespeare Ensemble
Romeo and Juliet, Honley Shakespeare Ensemble

As part of an exchange with pupils from a school in China, this performance will explore the cultural varieties between the two countries. With one country exploring the Montagues and the other the Capulets, there will be music and dance from both cultures, as well as scenes and speeches performed in Chinese.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 18 July. Free performance at 12 noon. Running time: 45 minutes

King Lear, Peterborough Mask Theatre
King Lear, Peterborough Mask Theatre

Set in the Bronze Age, this production focuses on family relationships and sibling resentments. They will perform an abridged version of their production produced as part of the RSC Open Stages project.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 18 July. Free performance at 2.15pm. Running time: 2 hours 10 mins (with interval)

As You Like It, Gobstoppers Theatre Company
As You Like It, Gobstoppers Theatre Company

Centering round the themes of love and the magic and mystery of the forest of Arden, this adaptation of the text explores the comedy between the characters and the dark side of the world outside the forest.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 19 July. Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hour

As You Like It, Gloucestershire Youth Players
As You Like It, Gloucestershire Youth Players

A tale of jealousy, misplaced love, deceit and redemption; a tale for our times. GYP will perform in the round, and all around you, weaving Shakespeare's tale around the forest. We invite you to join them for laughter, contemplation, even tears.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 25 July. Free performances at 11am and 3pm. Running time: 2 hours

Macbeth, Royal Navy Theatre Association
Macbeth, Royal Navy Theatre Association

This version, performed by the Royal Navy Theatre Association, depicts Macbeth urged by his wife to kill in order to take command of the Navy flagship. An RSC Open Stages production.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 26 July, Free performance at 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

The Tempest, Ingenius Theatre
The Tempest, Ingenius Theatre

A shortened version of Shakespeare's The Tempest that will explore the relationship between fathers and daughters.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 1 August. Free performances at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hour

A Midsummer Night's Dream, MATE Productions
A Midsummer Night's Dream, MATE Productions

Live musicians, original music, dancing fairies, stunning design, a forest of ladders and a talented multi generational company will bring Shakespeare's best loved comic tale of romance and magic to life. An RSC Open Stages production.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 2 August. Free performance at 12 noon. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Incarnadine by Chiaroscuro
Incarnadine by Chiaroscuro

The origins of the most formidable pairing in Shakespeare: a young Macbeth loses his heart somewhere between the mists of highland moors and the shadows of courtly intrigue. Dazzling physicality and soundscape combine to tell the haunting tale of the meeting of the Macbeths.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 2 August. Free performance at 3pm. Running time: 1 hour

Henry V, Play in Two Days Company
Henry V, Play in Two Days Company

Sit back and relax to the sounds of Shakespeare's sonnets spoken by RSC actors as you enjoy a trip across the river.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 14 June. Free performance at 5pm. Running time: 20 minutes

Henry V, The King's Troupe
Henry V, The King's Troupe

For the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt the King's Troupe will offer an unusual and exciting glimpse of this period of history as Shakespeare saw it.  With English archers and flamboyant armour-clad French knights, live music and a chorus that has to be seen to be believed. 

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sat 8 August, Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 15 mins

Romeo and Juliet, Oxford University Dramatic Society
Romeo and Juliet, Oxford University Dramatic Society

Violence reigns, and only through violence can order be regained. Gay marriage is legal for now, but as the country sleepwalks into right-wing dystopia, there's no guarantee it will stay that way. One night, Romeo and Juliet, women from two warring households, fall in love and in lust. They arrange to get married immediately.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 9 August. Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 2 hours

Seven Ages or What You Will, by Shakespeare Live
Seven Ages or What You Will, by Shakespeare Live

Shakespeare meets Dickens's A Christmas Carol as the inebriated Christopher Sly from The Taming of the Shrew encounters the mysterious Will. Taken on a journey through the seven ages of man, Will shows Sly the options he has for the future, good and bad.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 15 August. Free performances at 12 noon and 3.15pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Macbeth, Athenaeum Limelight Players
Macbeth, Athenaeum Limelight Players

Set after a war with England where three vampiric sirens led by Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, move through the action, influencing all the other players. Macbeth is a middle-aged General with a beautiful young 'trophy wife' whose slow descent into madness is the result of losing a child, the grief for which she transfers into a vaulting ambition for herself and Macbeth.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 16 August. Free performances at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Macbeth, Heaton Manor Theatre Project
Macbeth, Heaton Manor Theatre Project

This fast-paced but traditional production packs all the drama, pathos and trees of Shakespeare's most exciting tragedy into an hour. Expect battles, live music, tears and paranormal activity from a committed company of under 18s.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Saturday 22 August. Free performances at 12.45am and 3pm each day. Running time: 1 hour

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arclight Drama Studio Dublin
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arclight Drama Studio Dublin

Shakespeare's popular comedy performed with music, song, dance and an Irish twist. It's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sunday 23 August. Free performances at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 15 mins

As You Like It, BMH Productions
As You Like It, BMH Productions

The award winning BMH Productions put political fallout at the centre of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. Where do people's loyalties lie when the limits are pushed? With live song, dance and plenty of merriment!

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sat 29 - Sun 30 August. Free performances at 12 noon (Sat 29) and 3pm (Sun 30). Running time: 1 hour

Twelfth Night, Combat Veteran Players
Twelfth Night, Combat Veteran Players

An award-winning Shakespearean theatre company comprised entirely of ex-Service members who have been living with and overcoming mental or physical injury. The CVP return to The Dell with an edited version of Twelfth Night, created as part of the RSC Open Stages programme.

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sat 29 - Sun 30 August. Free performances at 3pm (Sat 29) and 12 noon (Sun 30). Running time: 1 hour 30 mins

EXHIBITIONS

Susan Stockwell: Sea-Markings
Susan Stockwell: Sea-Markings

Artist Susan Stockwell takes over the Royal Shakespeare Theatre foyers and gallery with a new exhibition inspired by our Summer 2015 season of plays and the world of sixteenth century Venice.
FREE

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PACCAR Room and foyers, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

1 April - 6 September 2015

My RSC Gallery
My RSC Gallery

Discover the winning entries of the My RSC Gallery art competition hidden in the walls of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, created by schools, RSC staff, actors and members of the public.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

From 24 Nov 2010

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