Autumn Half Term at the RSC

28 September 2012

Experience a different kind of theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company during autumn half term with a wide range of activities, events, exhibitions and performances...

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
CV37 6BB
Box Office: 0844 800 1110

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) presents a packed programme of family friendly exhibitions, performances, events and activities at its home in Stratford-upon-Avon during the autumn half term.
Many of the attractions and activities on offer are free and are created by leading artists and theatre makers working alongside the RSC's own creative practitioners.

Attractions and activities include a beguiling mirrored maze, stage fighting workshops, singing and storytelling sessions, alongside theatrical productions and performances specially created for children. 


The Waft That Woos
PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
6 October 2012 – 7 April 2013
Admission Free
Artists Bompas and Parr have previously designed spectacular jellies, created a crazy golf course on the roof of Selfridges and concocted chewing gum that changes flavour. For the RSC they have produced a spectacular mirrored maze navigable by nose. Inspired by the forthcoming production, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Shakespearian comedy, and infused by an atmospheric aroma, The Waft That Woos promises a playful experience for all.


Swan Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
29 October – 4 November 2012
10.30am and 1.30pm (Every day except Tuesday 30 October)
Tickets: £10/£5
Box Office: 0844 800 1110
The Indefinite Articles Theatre Company presents Claytime - the play with clay - which promises an interactive theatre experience for 3 to 6 year olds. Each performance is unique: the story, setting and characters are suggested by children and modelled out of a mound of clay by the performers. The story is then brought to life through an improvised play performed to music. 

Half term Tuesday Takeover – 30th October

The following family friendly activities are offered as part of a special autumn half term 'Tuesday Takeover' on 30 October 2012.
The Story Garden
10.30am - 11.15am
The Ruinart Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
4 - 8 year olds and their parents/guardians
Tickets: £3 Adults/£2 Children
This fun and interactive storytelling session provides children with a wonderful introduction to the works of Shakespeare.

Blood, Guts and Gore
12pm - 1pm
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Suitable for all ages
Tickets: £3 Adults/£2 Children
This workshop demonstrates how the costume, wigs and makeup team help create cuts, bruises and all things gory in Shakespeare's plays. Gruesome but great fun.

Stage Fighting Workshop
1.30pm - 2.30pm and 4pm - 5pm
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
For ages 8+ and their parents /guardians
Tickets: £3 Adults/£2 Children
Would be actors can learn how to pull a punch and fake a slap in this introduction to the art of stage fighting.

Singing Workshop
2.45pm - 3.45pm
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
For ages 10+, children and adults welcome
£3 Adults/£2 Children
A singing session led by an RSC Voice practitioner.

Free Craft Activities
2pm - 5pm
For ages 4 – 8 years
Swan Reading Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
A great mix of free craft activities on offer for 4 – 8 years in the Swan Reading Room.

Other activities

The Mouse and His Child's Workshop
Swan Reading Room and throughout the building

This Workshop has been specially created to celebrate the RSC's winter production of The Mouse and His Child. Containing exciting clockwork cogs and contraptions from The MAD Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon as well as a real Doll's House to play in, The Mouse and His Child's Workshop is an enchanting place to explore.

Play Cart
Swan Reading Room and Riverside Cafe
Children are invited to open the Play Cart's drawers and pockets to discover loads of fun activities to do, from mask making and creating crowns to colouring in and books to read.

Family Trail
Families are welcome to journey through the theatre's history, inspirations and stories, picking up clues along the way on this easy to follow route throughout the building.

Theatre Tower Trips
Open from 10am (9.30am on Saturdays)
£2.50 per person, £1.25 for under-18s
Kids go FREE in school holidays
The whole family can see Stratford-upon-Avon from a different perspective when kids go FREE up the Theatre Tower in school holidays. A lift takes guests to the 32 metre high viewing platform and at the top there are find activity sheets to help explore Shakespeare's town from above.

Family Tours
Tickets: £6.50 per person or £3 for under-18s and people with disabilities
Box Office: 0844 800 1110
The RSC's family friendly tours open up the theatre making process, revealing some fascinating behind the scenes secrets along the way. Family tours are available on selected dates throughout the year. Tours last for approximately one hour and are suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years.
Forthcoming Productions

The Mouse and His Child - a new adaptation based on the book by Russell Hoban about a clockwork mouse and his child discarded on Christmas day who embark on an epic journey in search of their home. This enthralling tale is a festive family treat.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's light-hearted comedy sees Anita Dobson, still best known for her iconic role as Angie in BBC TV's EastEnders, making her RSC debut alongside RSC favourite Desmond Barrit as Falstaff.

The Mouse and His Child (suitable for 7+)
New adaptation by Tamsin Oglesby based on the book by Russell Hoban
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
17 November 2012 – 12 January 2013
Family ticket discount available

The Merry Wives of Windsor
By William Shakespeare
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
25 October 2012 – 12 January 2013
Booking: 0844 800 1110

Eating and Drinking

Rooftop Restaurant & Bar
Recommended in the Good Food Guide 2012, the Rooftop Restaurant & Bar is open from 11.30am daily (noon on Sundays). Menus change regularly and all dishes are available as half portions for smaller guests. There is also a larder stocked with more familiar fare should the need arise! Free Shakespearean activity sheets and crayons help occupy wandering minds, and highchairs are available.

Riverside Cafe
Children and families are welcome in the Riverside Cafe, where you can enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and light lunches. Children can be entertained with the Play Cart, filled with fun activities and books to read.

Swan Bar
The Swan Bar is the perfect place to relax with a coffee while children are delighted by the magical Doll's House, which has been specially created for this season alongside the family production The Mouse and His Child.


For further information please contact Mark Farnan in the RSC press office on 01789 272438 or via email:

Bringing the family to the RSC
The RSC welcomes families to its theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. Performances are suitable for children aged 5 and over, unless specified and family ticket discounts are available Monday to Friday evenings and all matinees.

There are baby changing facilities in all Ladies Toilets, plus the Swan Theatre and the building is pram-friendly with good level access throughout and lift access to all floors.


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