Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Day 2011

Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Day 2011
Sunday 12 June, 9.30am – 5.15pm
Tickets: 0844 800 1110 and

A full programme of events is available on request from the RSC Press Office on 01789 412660

The Royal Shakespeare Company's popular Open Day takes place again this summer on Sunday 12 June in the RSC's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

A unique opportunity for everyone to see behind the scenes of the RSC, the day offers a packed programme for all ages, and includes fun workshops, theatre skills demonstrations and special one-off performances. There will be a mixture of free and paid -for events.

Visitors can make a day of it by enjoying live music, and the RSC bars, café and Rooftop Restaurant will be open for refreshments throughout the day. A special Open Day hog roast will also be on offer.

Highlights include:
Singing Matilda workshop, 2.30-3.30pm. £5 - booking required.
Singing Matilda the performance, 3.45-4.30pm. Free – no booking required.
The Courtyard Theatre
Those taking part will learn some of the songs from the RSC's recent hit production, Matilda, The Musical, and then perform them to an Open Day audience.

Quickfire costume change, 1.15-2pm. Free – booking required.
The Courtyard Theatre
An opportunity to see what normally takes place backstage, on stage! RSC Running Wardrobe and dressers step out of the dark and into the limelight to show just how fast a quick change can be.

Lights, sound, action, 10.30-11.15am. Free – booking required.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Find out more about the technology behind the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Members of the RSC's Lighting, Sound and Automation departments will explain the technical side to theatre-making.

Gregory Doran, 1.15-2.15pm, and Michael Boyd, 4.15-5.15pm,
In conversation. £10 per session – booking required.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
RSC Chief Associate Director, Gregory Doran, together with John Barton and guest actors explore Shakespeare's text on stage. In a separate event RSC Artistic Director, Michael Boyd looks to the future to discuss what's next for the RSC.

Amongst the other activities on offer are: 20 minute whistle stop tours of the front of house areas of the RST and Swan theatres; Blood Guts and Gore will see members of the RSC Wigs and Make-Up Department on hand to apply gruesome fake scars and black eyes; and experts in the fields of casting, directing, voice and playwriting will be offering advice for those interested in working in theatre.

Geraldine Collinge, Director of Events and Exhibitions, said: 'The RSC Open Day is always great fun. There's so much to see and get involved in. With activities for the whole family, and the chance to find out more about how we put a production together, everyone here at the RSC is looking forward to what promises to be a lively and enjoyable day.'

For further press information, please contact:
Dean Asker
RSC Press Office
01789 412660, 0778 99937759

Notes to editors
Images reflecting the broad range of Open Day activities are available on request from Dean Asker.

Media access

Media interested in attending the day should contact Dean Asker to discuss opportunities.

Booking and venue information

Tickets for paid and free events are available in advance by calling 0844 800 1110 or online at

Any remaining advance tickets for events taking place in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Courtyard Theatre and Clore Learning Centre will be sold at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office from 9.30am on Sunday 12 June 2011.

For all paid and free events at all venues an allocation of tickets will be available on the day, in person, at the relevant venue from 30 minutes before the event.

Doors for ticketed events in the RST and Courtyard auditoria will open 15 minutes in advance of each session. Doors for ticketed events at all other venues will open approximately 5-10 minutes in advance of each session. RSC Box Office, the Riverside Café and Shop will be open at 9.30am on Sunday 12 June and remain open throughout the day.

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