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Talks, Demos and Readings

Director Talk: Love
Director Talk: Love's Lost

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
5:15pmOct 10

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Director Talk: Love
Director Talk: Love's Won

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
5:15pmOct 13

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Writer Director Talk: Truce
Writer Director Talk: Truce

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
5:15pmDec 8

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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 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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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 The White Devil
Unwrap The White Devil

Join members of the creative team and acting company as they demonstrate some of the ways the play makes it journey from the page to the stage. Suitable for ages 12+

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Swan Theatre
10:15amSep 13

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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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Director Talk: Edmonton
Director Talk: Edmonton

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
5:15pmOct 28

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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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Few Roles For Women
Few Roles For Women

Join RSC Associate Artist Harriet Walter on her personal investigation into why there are fewer satisfying roles in theatre for women than there are for men, especially in the classical repertory and especially for older women.
Part of The Roaring Girls Debates.

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Swan Theatre
3pmSep 7

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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
2pmSep 19
4:15pmSep 10, 24

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Director Talks: Henry IV
Director Talks: Henry IV

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
11:15amDec 4

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Jasper Britton
Jasper Britton

Jasper Britton, who we saw previously at the RSC in 2003 in The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed, has kindly agreed to be our guest in the first event of the Newcastle RSC season. Jasper has returned to the Company this season to play King Henry in Henry IV Parts I & II and we look forward to hearing about the role.

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Theatre Royal, Newcastle
3:45pmSep 26

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Oliver Ford Davies:N
Oliver Ford Davies:N'castle

Oliver Ford Davies’ expansive career has included some 28 RSC productions and the 2014 season finds him playing Justice Shallow in Henry IV Part II. Oliver is particularly remembered for his TV role in Kavanagh QC and he has appeared in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

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Theatre Royal, Newcastle
3:45pmOct 3

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Wigs and Make Up
Wigs and Make Up

Fiona Keston, RSC Assistant Wig and Make-Up Artist, will give us a unique insight into her behind-the-scenes world, sharing the craft of transforming someone into an onstage character. Fiona will give demonstrations and speak about her experiences and there will be several RSC wigs on display.

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Theatre Royal, Newcastle
3:45pmOct 11

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An audience with Hilary Mantel
An audience with Hilary Mantel

The New Statesman presents: An audience with Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is one of our finest novelists: she is the first author to win two Man Booker Prizes with consecutive books. Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies chart the rise of Thomas Cromwell – son of a blacksmith, former soldier, political genius, merchant, charmer, linguist, doting father – in the turbulent court of Henry VIII.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies have been adapted for the stage in two acclaimed productions by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin. Originally presented in Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company and commissioned by Playful Productions, the plays are currently playing at the Aldwych Theatre in London.

Hilary Mantel joins the New Statesman contributing writer Erica Wagner onstage for a conversation covering the allure of the Tudors, the challenges of historical fiction and the story behind the remarkable adaptations.

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Aldwych Theatre
11:30amSep 6

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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
10amSep 20
Oct 25
Nov 22
Dec 13
Jan 24
Feb 21
Mar 21

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Blood Guts and Gore
Blood Guts and Gore

Join former RSC Head of Wigs and Makeup Brenda Leedham as she shows you the tricks of creating bruises, cuts and scars in this demonstration needing willing participants!

Suitable for ages 8+
All Children must be accompanied.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
11amOct 29, 30

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October half term activities
October half term activities

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

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Saturday 25 October - Sunday 2 November

Stratford on Sea
Stratford on Sea

Relax on our Bancroft Terrace and enjoy the summer weather with our fun seaside themed events and activities for all the family including live music, Punch and Judy and children's theatre.

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Bancroft Terrace, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Friday 1 August - Sunday 31 August, 10am - 5pm. Free family events and activities.

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
2pmOct 29, 30

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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
10:30amOct 27, 28, 31
Dec 10
Jan 10, 24
2pmOct 27, 28, 31

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Family Workshops
Family Workshops

A fun and practical workshop for children, young people and their parents/carers, that looks at Shakespeare's characters, themes and language. Suitable for ages 8+

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Clore Learning Centre
10amOct 25
Nov 1
Dec 6

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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
10amOct 27
Feb 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
10amOct 28
Feb 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
10amOct 29
Feb 18

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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 David Calcutt.

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Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre
10:30amApr 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 18+

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Clore Learning Centre
11amNov 1

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Big Amateur Weekend
Big Amateur Weekend

This training weekend from Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 October, gives amateur theatre makers of all levels of experience an opportunity to work with the RSC's own practitioners and leading industry professionals.
Participants must be 18+
Price includes a ticket to attend the Saturday 25 October performance of Love's Labours Won.
Accommodation is not included.

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Clore Learning Centre
9:30amOct 25

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Education Workshops 2014+
Clore Learning Centre

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Spell Fest!
Spell Fest!

Learn some of Shakespeare's spells for Halloween in this practical workshop for adults and children.

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Clore Learning Centre
11amOct 31
2pmOct 31

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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
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10:15amFeb 26

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Insight Into: Truce
Insight Into: Truce

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
10:15amDec 11

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Christmas Truce Open Day
Christmas Truce Open Day

The RSC opens its doors to primary students to unlock the process of creating and staging The Christmas Truce.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
9amJan 15

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Shakespeare Nation
Shakespeare Nation

Join us for a one-day conference in Stratford-upon-Avon and experience first hand the RSC’s practical approaches to teaching Shakespeare, all inspired by the work of RSC actors and directors in the rehearsal room.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
9:30amNov 7

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Insight Into: White Devil
Insight Into: White Devil

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
10:15amNov 12, 19

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Insight Into: Edmonton
Insight Into: Edmonton

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
10:15amNov 26

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Sixth Form Conference
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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Clore Learning Centre
10amSep 18

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Education Workshop
Clore Learning Centre

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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
10amOct 17
Jan 23, 30

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Student Masterclass
Student Masterclass

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
10amOct 7
Nov 21
Feb 5

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Comedy

Doc Brown: Live at the RSC
Doc Brown: Live at the RSC

With Tiff Stevenson & Russell Kane
Rapper turned comedian Doc Brown, is back with his tongue-in-cheek take on hip hop culture. A regular on the London comedy circuit and appearances on Russell Howard's Good News, The Inbetweeners, Rev and Derek, Doc is a must see act.
'A seamless mix of truly inspired hip-hop and stand-up. He's a total star… an utter joy'. - Time Out

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
7:30pmNov 9

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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

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
11:30amSep 27
11:15amNov 15
Feb 7
11amNov 22
Jan 24
5:15pmAug 30
Nov 27
Feb 16, 27
Mar 3
5:30pmSep 6
5pmJan 10, 13
Mar 11, 12

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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

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Heritage Tours
Heritage Tours

Explore over 150years of theatre heritage in Stratford-upon-Avon, from the Georgian theatre in Chapel Lane through to the magnificent Victorian Gothic Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Find out about the architecture, the original art complex and the people behind the project and discover the theatre techniques introduced to the acting company more than 100years ago that we still use today. There will also be the chnace to visit the Courtyard Theatre, hear the history of The Other Place & the plans for the future of this site.

Weather permitting, some of this tour will take place outside. Please note the backstage areas and the auditoria are not part of these tours.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
10amSep 14

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Visiting Company

Graham Norton in conversation
Graham Norton in conversation

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival Autumn Plus hosts an evening with one of TV's most loved personalities chatting about his memoir The Life and Loves of A He Devil. Graham Norton first made his mark as a stand up comedy drag act at the Edinburgh Festival, and has since presented some of the most successful shows on television. As well as his popular Radio 2 show, he hosts the hugely successful Graham Norton Show and has won 7 BAFTAS including Best Entertainment Programme.

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The Courtyard Theatre
8pmOct 24

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The Holly & The Ivy
The Holly & The Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy is a Christmas entertainment for all ages, devised and directed by Ali Troughton. For over twenty years it has been an extremely successful annual event at the RSC's Swan and Courtyard Theatres, Stratford-upon-Avon, attracting full houses every year and making well over £150,000 for designated charities. About fifteen actors - many being well known faces locally and on television - perform the event lasting about two and a half hours including an interval of twenty minutes. "A laugh, a song and a tear" best describes its format - a genuinely enjoyable evening including carols, poetry, readings and a pantomime! Just what is needed to set up the festive season.

This year, cast includes the Troughton family – David and Ali, Sam (Much in the BBC’s Robin Hood) Jim (captain of the championship winning Warwickshire County Cricket Club) and William (touring in The Lady Killers all over the country) - plus Phyllida Hancock, Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films) and Stratford locals Claire Nielson, Paul Greenwood, Kim Hartman (‘Allo, ‘Allo) and John Nolan.

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The Courtyard Theatre
7:30pmDec 14

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The Dell - Free Theatre

The Comedy of Errors: Dulwich Players
The Comedy of Errors: Dulwich Players

 

Two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, collide in the same city without meeting for one extraordinary day in Ephesus, a bustling city full of wonderment, mystery and apparent enchantment.

 

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sat 30 August, Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

The Tempest, Bilton Pantomummers
The Tempest, Bilton Pantomummers

A culture clash of characters brings Shakespeare's language to life through the island's habitants and the arrival of the shipwrecked party. Playing with the idea that Prospero represents Shakespeare himself he will be manipulating events to come. 

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The Dell, Avonbank Gardens

Sun 31 August, Free performance at 12 noon and 3pm. Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Free Activities, No Ticket Required

October half term activities
October half term activities

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

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Saturday 25 October - Sunday 2 November

Stratford on Sea
Stratford on Sea

Relax on our Bancroft Terrace and enjoy the summer weather with our fun seaside themed events and activities for all the family including live music, Punch and Judy and children's theatre.

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Bancroft Terrace, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Friday 1 August - Sunday 31 August, 10am - 5pm. Free family events and activities.

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.

EXHIBITIONS

Is This A Dagger? An Exploration of RSC Props
Is This A Dagger? An Exploration of RSC Props

This interactive exhibition by Stand + Stare Collective allows you to peek inside the world of RSC Props. FREE

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PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

7 April - 21 September

Who Wears The Trousers?
Who Wears The Trousers?

A playful exhibition exploring the tradition of cross-dressing in theatre. Illustrations by the Girls Who Draw Collective, curated by Capsule and the RSC. FREE

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Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre

7 May - 31 August

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

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