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Love
Love's Labour's Lost

Set in the Summer of 1914, love and merriment ensue in Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy before the lives of the blissfully unaware lovers is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe alongside Love’s Labour’s Won (usually known as Much Ado About Nothing).

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1:15pmDec 20, 31
Jan 17, 22
Feb 5, 7, 14, 19, 21, 28
Mar 7, 12, 14
1pmFeb 10
7:15pmDec 20, 30
Jan 1, 6, 7, 16, 20, 21, 26
Feb 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 18, 21, 27
Mar 6, 7, 11, 13
7pmFeb 11

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Love
Love's Labour's Won

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.

Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies with Love’s Labour’s Lost.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1:15pmJan 3, 8, 31
Feb 12, 26
Mar 5
1pmMar 3
7:15pmDec 22
Jan 2, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 22, 23, 30
Feb 5, 6, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28
Mar 2, 5, 9, 10, 12, 14
7pmMar 4

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The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce

Christmas Eve 1914, as the men of the Warwickshire Regiment shelter in their trenches, something astonishing happens. Across no-man’s land they hear music. The German soldiers are singing Christmas carols.

Inspired by real events of exactly 100 years ago, RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman directs Phil Porter’s uplifting new play for families that celebrates a remarkable Christmas story.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1:15pmDec 23, 24, 27
Jan 10, 15, 24, 29
7:15pmDec 23, 26, 27, 29
Jan 3, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31

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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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1:15pmApr 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 25, 29
May 2
7:15pmMar 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
Apr 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
May 1, 2
7pmApr 1

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Birthday Bash
Birthday Bash

Join us in Stratford-upon-Avon for a glorious evening of words and music to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
4pmApr 26

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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
1:15pmMay 23, 28
June 20, 23
July 4, 9, 30
Aug 8, 13, 22, 29
Sep 2
7:15pmMay 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 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
7pmMay 21
July 22

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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
1:15pmJune 13, 18, 25, 27
July 1, 2, 11, 16, 18, 25
Aug 1, 6, 15, 20
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

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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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The Shoemaker
The Shoemaker's Holiday

Rowland Lacy loves Rose Oatley but it’s not going to work out. An aristocrat and a middle class girl aren’t supposed to marry, not least because her parents really don’t approve.

Following his acclaimed RSC debut, The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012), Phillip Breen returns to direct Dekker’s glorious city comedy of class, conflict and cobblers in love.

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Swan Theatre
1:30pmDec 20, 26, 27, 31
Jan 3, 10, 28, 30
Feb 4, 7, 14, 21, 25, 28
Mar 7
7:30pmDec 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
Jan 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 26, 28, 29, 30
Feb 3, 6, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25, 28
Mar 2, 4, 5, 6

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Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer

Tom Morton-Smith’s new play takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project, exploring tensions between the scientific advances that will shape our understanding of the fabric of the universe, and the justification of their use during wartime, revealing the personal cost of making history.

Directed by Angus Jackson whose recent credits include King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Swan Theatre
1:30pmJan 24, 31
Feb 10, 11, 18
Mar 4
7:30pmJan 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 31
Feb 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 21, 23, 26, 27
Mar 3, 7
7pmJan 22

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The Mysteries
The Mysteries

Playbox present a theatre work inspired by the medieval mystery plays,the foundations of English drama.
Creation and Passion
The story of the world ,Adam and Eve and Noah,s Flood.In the midst of political turmoil a voice is heard for peace and unification.
Passion and Doomsday
As the voice is quashed and execution swift,the world descends into chaos and apocalypse.
Based on York,Chester,Wakefield and Coventry Cycles the company fuse text,movement and powerful imagery to ask the question 'what do these early plays have to say to us in 2015...is there something here to provoke and challenge audiences today?'
The production was created in 2011 and revived in 2012. Playbox now present the cycle at Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon and in Warwick for final performances at Easter.
'superb take on these challenging plays.' - Leamington Courier.

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Swan Theatre
7pmMar 1

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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
1:30pmMar 28
Apr 1, 4, 25, 29
May 1, 9, 13, 23, 27
June 6, 10, 20, 27
July 18, 25
Aug 12, 29
7:30pmMar 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Apr 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
May 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 26, 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
7pmMar 26

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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
1:30pmApr 18, 22
May 2, 6, 12, 16, 20, 30
June 3, 13
7:30pmApr 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 27, 28
May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 15, 19, 20, 23, 25, 28, 29
June 2, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24
7pmApr 20

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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

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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
1:30pmJuly 11, 15, 22, 24, 29
Aug 1, 5, 8, 15, 19, 22, 26
Sep 2, 5, 12
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

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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 in both London and on Broadway.

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

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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
1:30pmDec 20, 27, 30
Jan 3, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
7:15pmDec 22, 29
Jan 2, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23

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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
1:30pmJan 8
7:15pmDec 20, 27, 30
Jan 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24

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Relatively Speaking
Relatively Speaking


Relatively Speaking
A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production

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The Bear Pit Theatre
2:30pmJan 31
7:30pmJan 30, 31
Feb 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Loveplay
Loveplay


By Moira Buffini
A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production
Suitable for ages 16+

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The Bear Pit Theatre
7:30pmFeb 11, 12, 13, 14

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The Ladykillers
The Ladykillers


The Ladykillers
By Graham Linehan.From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose. And by Special Arrangement with StudioCanal.
A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production

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The Bear Pit Theatre
2:30pmMar 14
7:30pmMar 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

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A Mad World My Masters
A Mad World My Masters

Sean Foley's critically acclaimed RSC production of Thomas Middleton's Jacobean 'city comedy' A Mad World My Masters, from the 2013 Swan Theatre season in Stratford-upon-Avon, will be revived for a National Tour and a run at the Barbican, London.

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Barbican Theatre
2:30pmApr 30
May 2, 7, 9
7:30pmApr 29, 30
May 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Woman Who Cooked Her Husband
Woman Who Cooked Her Husband


The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband
A Deliciously Dark Comedy by Debbie Isitt
A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production

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The Bear Pit Theatre
2:30pmMay 9
7:30pmMay 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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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
2:30pmJune 13
7:30pmJune 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

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TOURING PRODUCTIONS

Henry IV Parts I & II
Henry IV Parts I & II

Gregory Doran directs Shakespeare's epic pair of plays with a cast including Antony Sher as Sir John Falstaff, Jasper Britton as King Henry and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

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Barbican, London

29 November 2014 – 24 January 2015

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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Talks, Demos and Readings

Open Set Changeover: RST
Open Set Changeover: RST

Watch the RSC Production Teams turn the set around from one play into another and learn about the process of creating the sets you see.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10amJan 12
2pmJan 16, 26, 30

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Unwrap: The Christmas Truce
Unwrap: The Christmas Truce

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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amJan 10

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Unwrap: Love
Unwrap: Love's Labour's Lost

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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amJan 17

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Unwrap: Love
Unwrap: Love's Labour's Won

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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amJan 31

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Director Talk: Salesman
Director Talk: Salesman

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
5:15pmMar 31

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Director Talk: Merchant
Director Talk: Merchant

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
5:15pmMay 20

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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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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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Open Set Changeover: Swan
Open Set Changeover: Swan

Watch the RSC Production Teams turn the set around from one play into another and learn about the process of creating the sets you see.

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Swan Theatre
9amFeb 18
2pmFeb 3, 19, 26
4:45pmFeb 11
Mar 4

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Writer Director Talk:Op heimer
Writer Director Talk:Op heimer

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
5:15pmJan 21

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Oppenheimer and the bomb
Oppenheimer and the bomb

In this panel discussion, Oppenheimer's work – as well as the challenge of putting the drama on stage – are explored by the playwright Tom Morton-Smith, physicist Frank Close, former literary editor of The Times, Erica Wagner and ITV'S Science Correspondent, Alok Jha.

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Swan Theatre
10:15amJan 24

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Director Talk: Jew of Malta
Director Talk: Jew of Malta

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
5:15pmMar 23

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Director Talk Love
Director Talk Love's Sacrifice

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
5:15pmApr 17

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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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Unwrap: Volpone
Unwrap: Volpone

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Swan Theatre
10:15amAug 22

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RSC Friends: Sam Alexander
RSC Friends: Sam Alexander

Sam was in the Company when we held our 25th birthday party and you may remember that he entertained us in song. This season he must be one of the RSC’s busiest actors as he has leading roles in both Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) and is also in The Christmas Truce so we are delighted that he has agreed to come and talk to us in January.

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Holy Trinity Parish Centre
4pmJan 16

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RSC Friends: David Troughton
RSC Friends: David Troughton

We are pleased to welcome David Troughton back into the RSC when he returns to play the role of Simon Eyre in The Shoemaker’s Holiday. A very popular actor, David’s work has included many radio and television roles as well as his extensive stage career. He now also resides in Ambridge and can be heard in the guise of Tony Archer – fans of this programme may have questions about this as well as his current RSC play.

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Holy Trinity Parish Centre
4pmFeb 20

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RSC Friends: RSC Costume
RSC Friends: RSC Costume

As announced in our last newsletter we have been able to make a grant of £15,000 to the Costume Department this year. In gratitude for this, we have been offered a very special event which will give us the unique opportunity to glimpse into the world of one of those unsung heroes of the RSC who work in this department.

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Clore Learning Centre
11amMar 14

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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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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

Post Show Talkback: Death of a Salesman
Post Show Talkback: Death of a Salesman

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, Thursday 30 April

Post Show Talkback: The Shoemaker's Holiday
Post Show Talkback: The Shoemaker's Holiday

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 2 March

Post Show Talkback: Oppenheimer
Post Show Talkback: Oppenheimer

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 auditiorium, Monday 23 February

Post Show Talkback: The Christmas Truce
Post Show Talkback: The Christmas Truce

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, Monday 5 January

Family Friendly

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
11amFeb 16, 20

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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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10amJan 24
Feb 21
Mar 21
10:45amFeb 20
2:30pmFeb 20

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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! (All children must be accompanied by an adult.)

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Clore Learning Centre
2pmFeb 17

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February Half Term Activities
February Half Term Activities

Events, workshops and drop-in sessions at the Royal Shakespeare Company during February half term.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Saturday 14 - Sunday 22 February

Christmas Family Activities
Christmas Family Activities

During December, visit us for free Christmas themed drop-in activities for children and families.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Until 31 January

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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Reading Room, Swan 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
12pmFeb 17

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Drawing Workshop
Drawing Workshop

Let your imagination come to life in this cartoon drawing workshop for all ages inspired by our Captain Bruce Bairnsfather exhibition.  

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:30amJan 10, 24

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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.

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Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre
10:30amJan 17
Feb 14
Mar 21
Apr 18
May 16
June 13

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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
11amFeb 20
2pmFeb 20

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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
7pmJan 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 25
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25

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Play in a Day: 8 - 10 Years
Play in a Day: 8 - 10 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
10amFeb 16

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Play in a Day: 11 - 14 Years
Play in a Day: 11 - 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
10amFeb 17

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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
10amFeb 18

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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
10amMay 23
June 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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Education Workshops 1516
Clore Learning Centre

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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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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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Education

Insight Into: Love
Insight Into: Love's Lost

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 22

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Insight Into: Love
Insight Into: Love's Won

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
10:15amFeb 26

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Insight Into: Salesman
Insight Into: Salesman

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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10:15amApr 22, 29

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Salesman Sixth Form Conference
Salesman 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
10amApr 28

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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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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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Student Study Days
Student Study Days

These specially created days will enable students to explore in detail the work of the RSC and the way in which actors, Directors, and Writers unlock text from the intial concept to the final stage productions.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amFeb 5

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Masterclasses for Teachers
Masterclasses for Teachers

Specially created days will enable teachers to explore in detail the work of the RSC and the way in which actors, Directors, and Writers unlock text from the intial concept to the final stage productions.

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Clore Learning Centre
10amJan 23, 30

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Comedy

Nina Conti: Live at the RSC
Nina Conti: Live at the RSC

With Russell Kane & Kerry Godliman

Nina Conti is a groundbreaking ventriloquist, BAFTA nominated filmmaker and British Comedy Award winner. Star of BBC’s Live at the Apollo, QI, Russell Howard's Good News, the Rob Brydon Show and HBO’s Family Tree, she is working on a new show; her most ambitious improvised show to date.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:30pmJan 25

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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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Available most days. Booking in advance is recommended.

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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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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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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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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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11amJan 24
July 25
Aug 22
11:15amFeb 7
May 23
June 13
Sep 5
5pmJan 10, 13
Mar 11, 12
Apr 24
July 10, 29
5:15pmFeb 16, 27
Mar 3
June 17, 27
Aug 14

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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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11pmJan 16, 24
Feb 20, 21
Mar 6

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EXHIBITIONS

Is This A Dagger?
Is This A Dagger?

Our exhibition Is This A Dagger?, an exploration of the RSC Props Department, will be on display in the Barbican mezzanine foyer during the run of Henry IV Parts I & II.
FREE

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Mezzanine Foyer, Barbican Centre

29 November 2014 - 24 January 2015

Infinite Variety
Infinite Variety

A photographic exhibition celebrating the beauty of the ageing female face, curated by actor and RSC Associate Artist Harriet Walter.
FREE

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Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre

7 September 2014 - 4 January 2015

Susan Stockwell
Susan Stockwell

Highly regarded British artist Susan Stockwell will create a brand new exhibition for the 2015 summer season.
FREE

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PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

From April 2015

Bruce Bairnsfather
Bruce Bairnsfather

An exhibition exploring the life and work of the great British cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather.
FREE

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PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

10 October 2014 - 15 March 2015

Carnival Creations
Carnival Creations

Enjoy a colourful larger than life display of carnival creations inspired by Shakespeare. Created by four community groups in Stratford-upon-Avon and artist Georgia Jacob for Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations Parade. FREE 

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Colonnade, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

From 1 May 2014

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