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

  • 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

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