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.

Key facts - 2016/17

  • 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

  • In 2016 we brought together 84 amateur actors and 580 schoolchildren with a professional company to tour A Midsummer Night’s Dream to every region and nation of the UK
  • We are the only theatre company with our own on-site armoury, producing breastplates, gauntlets, belts and weaponry - but now we are bursting at the seams
  • Each year we reach more than 1,200 schools and 500,000 children and young people through our Education work, transforming experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom, on performance and online
  • 70,000 students watched our free RSC Schools’ Broadcasts of Shakespeare plays from their classrooms in one year, supported by live Q&As with the creative teams
  • We broadcast Shakespeare productions ‘Live From Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinema audiences in 20 countries around the world, including China
  • Matilda The Musical took us seven years to develop and has now played on three continents - over 7m people have now seen the production worldwide, which has won 86 international awards
  • We are leading the way in access provision - with 51 captioned, 43 audio described, 3 relaxed and 9 British Sign Language (BSL) performances, and new BSL exhibition materials in a single year
  • 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

Theatre at its best

Help us create theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world for everyone to enjoy. As a charity with £4m to raise every year, the support of our audience is vital.  Please consider making a donation.

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