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About us

We create world class theatre, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world.

We perform plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as commissioning a wide range of original work from contemporary writers. We want to make Shakespeare for everyone, by unlocking the power of his plays and live performance, throughout the UK and across the world. We do this through:

Made in Stratford-upon-Avon

Our shows begin life in our Stratford workshops and theatres, where we design and build the sets, costumes and props, and rehearse and perform the plays in our three theatres: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Swan Theatre and the Studio Theatre at The Other Place.

Everyone in our company, from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians, the people serving your interval drinks to our ushers, play a part in creating the world you see on stage.

Wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.

Learn more about how we are planning our future, including our long-term vision, our mission, and how we plan to reflect these in our work.


In This Section

Who's who

From our Board of Governors, Directors and Associate Artists, to the wider Company, learn more about how the RSC is organised.

Finance and funding

Who pays for the plays? We're a registered charity that relies on a mix of income to fund our artistic programme

Facts and figures

Find out key facts and figures about our company and our theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon

News and updates

In the media

Catch up with some of the RSC's favourite TV, radio, press and news appearances from the past three months.


Links to our full range of policies covering all areas of our work, from ticketing terms and conditions to safeguarding children.


See a timeline of key dates in our history - from building the first theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to today.

New plays and writers

We commission and produce new plays, alongside the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

How we make theatre

Our mission is to make the finest theatre productions - here's how we do it

Collection and Archive

We have collected more than 10,000 items related to our shows and theatre history in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Our work in China

Our cultural, artistic and educational exchange with China is based on the belief that we foster deeper understanding between cultures by sharing stories.


With over a million visitors every year, we know our work has an environmental impact. Find out about the steps we're taking to minimise this.


Watch a range of our videos, covering everything from shows to education, designed and filmed at the RSC.