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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. Our purpose is to ensure that Shakespeare is for everyone, unlocking the power of his plays and live performance, throughout the UK and across the world.

We believe everybody’s life is enriched by culture and creativity and we: 

  • Train generations of the very best theatre makers and nurture the talent of the future
  • Reach more than half a million young people and adults each year through our transformative learning programmes
  • Create projects with and for communities who have not historically engaged with our work

We are a leader in creative immersive technologies and digital development. With a proud record of innovation, diversity and excellence on stage, we are determined to grasp the opportunity to become an even more inclusive, progressive, relevant and ambitious organisation.

We recognise the climate emergency and work hard to embed environmental sustainability into our operations, creative work and business practice, making a commitment to continually reduce our carbon footprint.

Our history

The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened on our site next to the River Avon in 1879, after local brewer, Charles Flower donated the land and launched a campaign to build a theatre in the town of Shakespeare's birth. The theatre was rebuilt in 1932 after a fire, then in 1961 became the Royal Shakespeare Theatre when the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) was founded by Peter Hall.  

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.

Policies

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

History

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.

Environmental responsibility

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.

Video

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