Transforming our Theatres

We opened the doors to our new building on Wednesday 24 November 2010, following a three-and-a-half year construction project to transform the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The ambition

  • Transform Elisabeth Scott's 1932 RST, creating the best environment in which to perform and enjoy Shakespeare
  • Create a new 1000+ seat thrust-stage auditorium that more closely mirrors the way in which Shakespeare's plays were intended to be performed, bringing the actors and audiences closer together
  • Retain key heritage elements of the building while adding bold new architectural designs
  • Create a building that is welcoming and improve the theatres' physical relationship with Stratford-upon-Avon, providing public spaces to attract a broad range of audiences and visitors
  • Improve physical access to and within the building
  • Videos

    Michael Wood presents a series of videos showing the transformation of our buildings.

  • Key facts and figures

    Facts about the Transformation, including the theatre itself, public spaces, restoration and heritage and improving access.

  • What it cost and how we paid for it

    What the project cost, where the money came from and the four phases that made up the project.

  • Photo gallery

    See the Transformation in pictures: see the demolition of the old theatre and our new building taking shape.

  • Project timeline

    A timeline of the transformation, from announcing our vision to opening our doors.

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