Partners and supporters

RSC Open Stages partner theatres include:

Contact Theatre, Manchester
A dynamic charity based in Manchester. Placing young people at the heart of everything it does Contact provides life-changing opportunities for the next generation of artists, audiences and creative leaders.

Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee
Dundee Rep was born in 1939 and since then as undergone a series of amazing transformations. They're vision is of a creative community whose work is a model of excellence, synonymous with quality across all its activities.

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
Since 2007, when Sherman Cymru was formed through the merger of Sherman Theatre Limited and Sgript Cymru Limited, they have consistently produced critically acclaimed and award winning work in both Welsh and English.

Questors Theatre, London
A busy community theatre in Ealing, west London, staging 15-18 productions a year, encompassing modern works and classic drama. They have a long history of supporting new plays, presenting the first production of Tom Stoppard's Guildenstern and Rosencrantz (as it was then titled) in 1964, and early works by James Saunders, Dannie Abse and Tom Sharpe.

The Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Northern Ireland's only full-time producing theatre is an integral part of its community and has been for the last 50 years. It makes a unique and vital contribution to Northern Ireland's cultural life and aims to produce high-quality professional theatre that is alive to the complex cultural experience and diverse traditions of the community.

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Situated on the University of Southampton's campus, this is one of the South's leading producing theatres. Over the last 40 years The Nuffield has come to be recognised in England and abroad as a major force in British Theatre, with award-winning productions that tour nationally and sometimes internationally.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Royal Shakespeare Company is one of the world's best known theatre companies. It's our job to connect people with Shakespeare and produce bold, ambitious work with living writers, actors and artists.

RSC Open Stages partner organisations
Scottish Community Drama Association representing 184 amateur groups
The Bear Pit 13 amateur groups in Stratford-upon-Avon

Drama Association of Wales representing 500 amateur groups
The Drama Association of Wales believes that art should be accessible to all. Through our network of local theatre companies we help to bring high quality drama to communities across Wales whether through direct participation or through audience experience.

NODA National Operatic and Drama Association representing 2476 amateur groups
The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 'to protect and advance the interests of operatic and dramatic art, and of societies engaged therein'. Our membership goes from strength to strength with over 2,500 society members and 2,500 individual enthusiasts staging musical, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in venues ranging from the country's leading professional theatres to village halls.

All England Theatre Festival representing a network of amateur drama festivals across England
The All England Theatre Festival runs the nation's only eliminating contest of one act plays; giving amateur groups the opportunity to take part in a progression of festivals, starting in their own area and possibly ending at the English Final, performing alongside other amateur companies and in front of an adjudicator.

Little Theatre Guild representing 103 voluntary run theatres
The Little Theatre Guild (LTG) represents 104 member theatres who own and operate their own theatre premises and are all amateur companies. The output is in excess of 880 productions each year to an audience base of more than 780,000 patrons, having a combined turnover in excess of £5m.

International Theatre Exchange (ITE)
The centre of a GB network that has access to and which exchanges information and knowledge on international amateur theatre festivals, workshops, master classes and theatre in education and the sort of theatre that works well at an international festival.

Voluntary Arts Network representing 300 amateur arts national and regional bodies
The independent development agency and representative voice of the voluntary and amateur arts across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) enthusiastically supports and encourages the development of theatre arts and drama in the volunteer-led sector by promoting high quality standards and best practise amongst our members.

The Bear Pit is a voluntary arts organisation founded in 2008 with the purpose of bringing together the Visual and Performing Arts groups based in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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