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Talks, Demos and Readings

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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Director Talk: Shoemaker
Director Talk: Shoemaker's

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
5:15pmDec 17

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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

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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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Onstage in the theatre auditorium, Monday 5 January

Family Friendly

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

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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

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 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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Education Workshops 1516
Clore Learning Centre

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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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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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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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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

Available most days. Booking in advance is recommended.

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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
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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
11pmJan 16, 24
Feb 20, 21
Mar 6

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Free Activities, No Ticket Required

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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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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.
FREE

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Onstage in the theatre auditorium, Monday 5 January

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.

Read more

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.

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