Through The Other Place, we give artists space and time to experiment and to develop new ideas

Erica Whyman in a research and development workshop for The Christmas Truce by Phil Porter - 2014
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Research and Development at The Other Place

The Other Place is the creative engine at the heart of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Building on the heritage of the RSC Studio, created by Michel Saint-Denis in 1961 and reinvigorated by David Farr in 2009,  all our Research and Development work now takes place at The Other Place, led by Erica Whyman, our Deputy Artistic Director.

We work with a range of theatre artists (actors, directors, writers, designers, composers and more) to research ideas and develop new productions and as part of our collaboration with the University of Birmingham, we will run three research projects per year that bring together artists, academics and postgraduate students in the creation of new work. We are inspired by Shakespeare; he was a daring innovator, experimenting with both form and content in his plays, so we are interested in ideas which are either radical or mischievous or both. We invite adventurous theatre-makers to come and encounter our unique history and expertise, and we also ask them to challenge us and ensure our creative practice is contemporary and relevant.

Artist's impression of the new The Other Place auditorium
Artist's Impression of the new 200 seat auditorium in The Other Place
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We invest in tailor-made commissions aimed at developing new productions for our stages in Stratford-upon-Avon alongside short development projects to explore the beginnings of an idea or take an artist who excites us into new territory.

We support new ideas at the very start of their development and encourage short, focused and bold proposals from professional theatre makers. If you would like to make an application, please invite us to see your work in advance of applying by emailing To apply for R&D support please download this form and send to the same address.

You can find out more at the Birmingham University/TOP page.

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