Our work begins life at our Stratford-upon-Avon workshops and we share it with audiences around the world through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity.

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Key facts

  • As well as Shakespeare, we perform the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries and today's writers

  • Over 1 million visitors come to see us at our Stratford-upon-Avon theatres each year

  • We are the only theatre company with our own on-site armour, producing breastplates, gauntlets, belts and weaponry

  • We have worked with 7,200 amateur performers and ten partner theatres on our Open Stages project, championing amateur theatre nationwide

  • Each year we reach 530,000 children and young people through our Education work, transforming experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom, on performance and online

  • Matilda The Musical took us seven years to develop and now performs to packed theatres in the West End, on Broadway, across the USA and Australia

  • We are a registered charity (number 212481) and we generate 75% of our own income, alongside public investment from Arts Council England

  • Public funding for the arts makes up just 0.05% of Government spending and delivers an extraordinary return, supporting the performances you see on stages all over the country

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