Where Amazing Things Happen

Timon of Athens

Photo by Simon Annand

Shakespeare for Everyone
Shakespeare for Everyone


Associate Artist NOMA DUMEZWENI

with young people from RSC Next Generation

Photo by Rob Freeman

We believe that Shakespeare is for everyone and every year we inspire and captivate audiences through amazing experiences of Shakespeare’s plays and live theatre.

Through our national and international tours, regular cinema screenings, our 246 strong Associate Schools network, delivered in collaboration with our 11 long-term partner theatres, our free Schools' Broadcasts and Live Lessons, our 550 young Shakespeare Ambassadors, and our Next Generation talent development programme for young people, we are unlocking Shakespeare to transform the lives of people across the UK, so they can build a life-long relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre.

RSC Next Generation is generously supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.

Kunene and the King

Photo by Ellie Kurttz


across the nation

Romeo & Juliet

Photo by Topher McGrillis

A man and woman kiss.
    • ★★★★

      The most fleet-footed account of Romeo and Juliet since West Side Story

      Daily Telegraph

Young people from across the country performed alongside our professional company to play the Chorus in Romeo and Juliet which toured to Norwich, Newcastle, Bradford, Nottingham, Blackpool, Cardiff and Glasgow following its run in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Selected from our pool of 246 Associate Schools, which represent some of the most deprived areas of the country, the young cast members were integral to the production which was created with a young audience in mind. The experience had a powerful impact, with many young people joining the chorus including Syrian refugees and our Associate School Partners at Welcombe Hills special needs school.

Working with our touring partners we staged an integrated British Sign Language (BSL) performance at every venue for the first time, opening our work to d/Deaf audiences all over the UK.

The cast was lead by Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill, and we were delighted that Bally won first prize at the the Ian Charleson awards, which recognise the best classical performances in Britain by young actors.

‘Truly excellent and great for my teenagers to see’

Audience member
The UK tour production of Romeo and Juliet was supported by the Arts Council England’s Cross Border Touring Programme

Troilus and Cressida

Photo by Helen Maybanks

A woman kneels in a ragged dress with her arms outstretched as another woman looks on.
    • ★★★★

      Gregory Doran's wonderful production... contrasts the epic with the intimate

      The Times

Oil drums, metal sheets and an aluphone were just some of the many percussion instruments used by Evelyn Glennie to create an expressive score for Troilus and Cressida. Our ground-breaking production cast 50/50 men and women, and we welcomed Deaf actor Charlotte Arrowsmith to play Cassandra in British Sign Language. This was the start of Charlotte’s journey with the Company and she returned to be part of our Summer 2019 season appearing in As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew, which performed in Stratford-upon-Avon, before heading to London and on an ambitious three-play UK tour alongside Measure For Measure.

‘Stunning… superb acting, as always’

Audience member
RSC Productions sponsored by Darwin Escapes



Photo by Ellie Merridale

A man holds a yellow paper aeroplane above his head.

Our June Mischief Festival showcased two very different stories exploring global questions of truth, corruption and freedom. #WeAreArrested by Can Dündar, adapted by Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts, told the story of Can’s arrest, imprisonment and eventual exile by the Turkish Government in 2016. Day of the Living, a devised musical piece created by Darren Clark, Amy Draper and Juliet Gilkes Romero, explored and commemorated the 43 students who were forcefully disappeared in 2014 in Mexico. This kind of politically explicit programming felt urgent and welcome to our audiences in turbulent times.

#WeAreArrested will have a limited run at the acclaimed off-West End venue, Arcola Theatre in East London.

‘It was quite simply amazing – one of the most powerful pieces of theatre to see in a long time’

Audience member on #WeAreArrested
The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust


Photo by Topher McGrillis

A man in shorts and a backwards cap dances manically.
    • ★★★★

      The RSC has done something that few major subsidised theatres would dare to do. It has planted a comedy about religious hypocrisy and charlatanism amid the Pakistani-Muslim community of Birmingham. Just the kind of challenging fare our theatre needs.

      The Telegraph

We created a new version of Molière’s French classic comedy, Tartuffe, working with BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto. Relocated to the Pakistani Muslim community in Birmingham, the production played in the Swan Theatre alongside the mighty Tamburlaine and the dark satire of Timon of Athens. The production won Eastern Eye’s Arts, Culture and Theatre Award for Best Production.


Miss Littlewood

Photo by Topher McGrillis

A woman in a white dress with a cap perched at an angle on her head.

Written by Sam Kenyon, Miss Littlewood was our first ever musical in the Swan Theatre. It explored the life and times of the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre, Joan Littlewood. The Times described it as ‘Pulsatingly entertaining. Magnificent’ whilst The Guardian said it ‘Introduces a new generation to the huge debt British theatre owes Joan Littlewood’.

Our work to create daring and brilliant new musicals that captivate audiences continued with the development of The Boy in The Dress, from David Walliams' novel with the script by Mark Ravenhill and music and lyrics by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. The family production is directed by our Artistic Director Gregory Doran. Its world premiere takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2019.

Miss Littlewood and the Director were generously supported by Miranda Curtis
The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust
The Boy in the Dress is supported by RSC Production Circle members Elizabeth Boissevain and Andrew Jeffreys, Charles Holloway, Ms Teresa Tsai and Kathleen J. Yoh

Associate Schools Playmaking Festival 2018
North Staffordshire

Photo by Rob Freeman

Unlocking Shakespeare
A boy with a wooden sword at his side holds out a hand.
Unlocking Shakespeare

A group of young people wave their hands in the air.

Time To Listen was the most comprehensive research study of its kind, a collaboration with Tate and the University of Nottingham, examining the benefits of an arts and culture rich education to young people.

The research analysed 6,000 responses from young people aged 14-18, and 63 teachers over three years. The overwhelming response was that arts and culture in schools really matters to young people. Arts subjects are one of the only places where they feel able to make mistakes, develop critical thinking, creativity, confidence, well-being and empathy. 

The rapid demise of these subjects continues in many state schools and employers say that they are missing these important attributes in new recruits. We launched five urgent calls to action, and our campaign continues to grow momentum. We were delighted to have achieved one of those calls to action, when the Russell Group of universities discarded their facilitating subjects list.

The work of the RSC Education Department is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Adobe, The Fidelity UK Foundation, The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Samsung, The Polonsky Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Ernest Cook Trust and TAK Advisory Limited.
Unlocking Shakespeare

Emoji illustrations by Sam Jones
RSC Visual Communications

A range of different emojis representing Shakespearean characters.

Following two years of planning, design work and content creation we launched our Shakespeare Learning Zone, which won us the UK In-House Design Awards in the Design for Good category. Using our unique archives and expertise in staging Shakespeare, the online resource is designed to help 11-18 year-olds get to grips with his work. It is the most comprehensive online Shakespeare guide of its kind and over 150,000 students and teachers from over 170 countries worldwide used the site in the first eight months.

‘…it’s an excellent resource for developing an understanding of Shakespeare’s plays and revising for exams... It’s fun, engaging and interesting... This website needs to be in everyone’s bookmarks!’

RSC Shakespeare Ambassador
Unlocking Shakespeare

in partnership

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

Photo by Sam Allard

A smiling woman points a finger at a group of laughing school children.

RSC Education reaches over 500,000 young people each year through its broad range of projects. Our First Encounters with Shakespeare production of The Comedy of Errors was seen by 7,720 under 18s in 19 schools and in their local theatres across England. The actors, the set and costumes went on the road to Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Lancashire, County Durham, Kent, North, East and West Yorkshire, and Staffordshire.

‘It was a special treat to see such a first-class performance in the community. To have our daughter involved made it even more special. Her eyes were alight during the performance.’

Audience member
Unlocking Shakespeare


The Seven Ages of Man

Photo by Emilie Dubois

We created a mixed reality experience, through our collaboration with Magic Leap, featuring cutting-edge volumetric capture and an original musical score by Jessica Curry. Actor Robert Gilbert’s performance of the Seven Ages of Man speech from As You Like It, with original music by Jessica Curry, was captured through volumetric technology with audiences viewing the experience through the Magic Leap One device.

The creation is a starting point for us to explore how we make theatre with the new technologies from gaming and other industries such as motion capture, photogrammetry and volumetric capture.

The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation
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Unlocking Shakespeare

Shakespeare Ambassadors

Photo by Sam Allard

Two young people press their right hands together as others look on.

We unlock Shakespeare and transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people every year through RSC Education and our strong network of 246 Associate Schools.

This year 550 of those young people aged nine to 18 joined us as Shakespeare Ambassadors. From Middlesbrough to Cornwall they are leading Shakespeare inspired projects in their local communities, whilst receiving leadership training to support their development.

We also formed our first Youth Advisory Board with 30 of our Shakespeare Ambassadors from across England. They will have the chance to voice their opinions and ideas directly to our Board, shaping the future RSC.

The Associate Schools programme is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Polonsky Foundation, The Ernest Cook Trust and is powered by Samsung as part of its commitment to inspire learning through technology.
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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Photo by Manuel Harlan


Live From Stratford-upon-Avon camera rehearsal

Photo by Sam Allard

Cameras set up in the Swan Theatre to record a performance.

Our Live From Stratford-upon-Avon Broadcasts of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Troilus and Cressida reached a combined audience of 121,280 including broadcasts in China.

This is just one of the ways in which we unlock Shakespeare for audiences around the world. In classrooms young people also experienced our productions on screen through our free Schools’ Broadcasts. Record numbers tuned in for Macbeth, 83,952, and Romeo and Juliet, 66,514.

We followed the success of our pioneering Live Lesson for Romeo and Juliet with an insight into Macbeth. Rehearsal rooms are spaces of intense learning similar to the classroom and the Live Lessons give students the chance to join us on our creative journey giving them a better understanding of the play, and a genuine insight into how we arrive at some of the creative choices made. We were joined by 25,000 young viewers for the two Live Lessons.

Schools’ Broadcasts and Live Lessons are supported by Virgin Media as part of its commitment to make good things happen through digital.
Live From Stratford-upon-Avon is generously supported by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation

Matilda The Musical in Korea

A woman and a young girl crouch together, holding hands.
    • Every bit as moving and magical on stage as it is on paper

      Manchester Evening News

After successful runs in the UK, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore, our production of Matilda The Musical reached South Korea for the first foreign language production of the show.

We launched our UK and Ireland tour of the production performing to audiences in Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton, Edinburgh, Norwich, Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Plymouth and Bradford.

Winner of 95 international awards, including 23 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide, having toured to 75 cities.

The Tempest in China

Photo by the NCPA

A man and woman face each other on stage as figures in black robes look on.

Our productions using new Chinese translations of The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Hamlet opened in China with UK directors working alongside Chinese creative teams. They were produced as part of our pioneering Shakespeare Folio Translation Project.

Since 2015 we have worked with writers, translators, academics and theatres in the UK and China to create new Mandarin translations of Shakespeare’s plays that are actor friendly and engaging for audiences. Our ambition is to translate Shakespeare’s plays individually to create a new folio edition of Chinese translations, in time to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare's First Folio in 2023.


Midsummer Dance Party

Photo by Sam Allard

A group of people jumping and dancing in a sunny field.


The Winter Revel

Photo by Sam Allard

Two acrobats balancing against each other.

Visitors came from around the world to enjoy all that we have to offer. Music, dancing and food filled our January Winter Revel as 400 people joined us for the first event we have staged of this kind.

Inside Out, our outdoor installation for the summer months, attracted new people to the building. We welcomed 19,000 people to Inside Out over six weeks, trying a range of free events and activities, including in The Swirl, a new performance space which was home to outdoor pop-up theatre and was constructed in our workshops.

Over the summer weekends our outdoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Dell, hosted a lively range of student, community and semi-professional productions for audiences. This annual event is free for anybody to attend and people came from over 100 miles away to see one of the open-air performances.

Finding Joy by Vamos Theatre

Photo by Graeme Braidwood

A man and woman dance wearing full face masks.

We were delighted when the UK's leading full mask company, Vamos Theatre, performed at The Other Place to shift attitudes of those living with dementia, and to support our staff as they welcome people to our theatres.

The Company create productions based on real life stories which are rooted strongly in social research, and Finding Joy focused on people living with dementia. The play helped those living with dementia to reconnect and be stimulated through music, movement, laughter, storytelling and reminiscence.

‘The memory I have of one lady, snuggled into Michael's chest with a look of absolute pleasure as he carefully danced with her will stay with me forever. She later confided that she hadn't danced with anyone since her husband had died, ten years previously.’

Audience member

Claire Price and Joseph Arkley
The Taming of the Shrew

Photo by Ikin Yum


The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich

Photo by Helen Maybanks

We received an incredible response, including over 30,000 donations, to the restoration and redevelopment of our Costume Workshop. We are delighted to have achieved the fundraising target of £3m and would like to thank all our supporters for helping to secure the future of costume making in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Construction work on the Costume Workshop site has begun, and the building will reopen in Summer 2020. For the first time, visitors will be able to experience our world-class costume workshop for themselves through tours, digital experiences and education, participation and outreach opportunities. 

The restoration and redevelopment of the Costume Workshop is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and The Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Lydia and Manfred Gorvy, The Foyle Foundation, The Bernard Sunley Foundation, Coats – Official Thread Supplier to the RSC and other generous supporters.

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich and the Director were generously supported by Miranda Curtis


A Christmas Carol

Photo by Manuel Harlan

A group of men and women dancing merrily.
  • public funders

  • Arts Council England

    Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

    Innovate UK

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund

    The National Lottery through Arts Council England

  • major supporters

  • Agnieszka and Witold Balaban*

    Tracey Dedrick and Alastair G C Merrick

    Lydia and Manfred Gorvy*

    Doug and Julie McPherson*

    Lady Sainsbury of Turville CBE

    Usha and Parag Saxena*

    Susan Tomasky and Ronald J Ungvarsky*

  • Production Circle

  • Elizabeth Boissevain and Andrew Jeffreys – The Boy in the Dress

    Lord Carrington DL – The Provoked Wife

    Miranda Curtis – Miss Littlewood, The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich and Winter 2019 Season Supporter

    Charles Holloway - The Boy in the Dress

    Ms Teresa Tsai - The Boy in the Dress

    Kathleen J. Yoh* - The Boy in the Dress

    Marcia Whitaker* - King John

  • corporate supporters

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  • trusts & foundations

  • The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust

    Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

    Backstage Trust

    The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

    Buffini Chao Foundation

    Chapman Charitable Trust

    The John S Cohen Foundation

    The Constance Travis Charitable Trust

    The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

    Edgerton Foundation

    The Ernest Cook Trust

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

    Fidelity UK Foundation

    The Foyle Foundation

    Garfield Weston Foundation

    The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

    The Golsoncott Foundation

    The Grimmitt Trust

    GRoW @ Annenberg 

    The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

    Hitz Foundation

    HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust

    John Armitage Charitable Trust

    The Kovner Foundation

    The Leverhulme Trust

    The Oakley Charitable Trust

    The Nina and Roger Stewart Charitable Trust

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation

    The Patrick Trust

    PF Charitable Trust

    The Polonsky Foundation

    RSC Friends

    The Saintbury Trust

    The Saints and Sinners Trust

    Sidney E Frank Foundation

    Stratford Town Trust

    Trefoil Trust

    Tubney Charitable Trust

    The Williams Charitable Trust

    The Wolfson Foundation

    Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers

  • creative learning partners


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    Horace Mann School logo 



  • corporate members

  • The Bell, Alderminster

    Bird & Bird

    Birmingham Airport

    Bloomberg LP


    George Pragnell

    Innotech Advisers Ltd

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP


    like minds

    Listers Group

    Listers Stratford Audi

    Pension Partners

    Right Management


    Shaylor Group


  • corporate donors

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    New Chapters

    Packt Publishing

    Virgin Media

  • artists circle

  • Meenakshi Adams

    Lady Alexander of Weedon

    Neil and Ann Benson

    Philip Bermingham*

    David and Sandra Burbidge

    Carolyn Carter Starr*

    Michael and Susan Clasper

    Sir Ronald Cohen and Ms Sharon Harel

    Lynette and Robert Craig

    Michael and Felicia Crystal

    Thérèse Esperdy and Robert Neborak*

    Ian Ferguson and Susan Tranter

    Mark and Sandy Foster*

    Paul and Elizabeth Golby

    Ros and Alan Haigh

    Tony and Linda Hales

    Charlotte Heber-Percy

    William and Kate Hobhouse

    Michael and Mercedes Hoffman*

    Charles Holloway

    Nigel and Christine Hugill

    Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham and Lady Patricia Jones

    Ian and Caroline Laing

    The Lehoczky Escobar Family*

    Nick and Alyssa Lovegrove

    Audrey Mandela and Sean Phelan

    Andrew and Shaaron Morgan

    The Honourable and Mrs Frank Newman*

    Anthony Nutt

    Jeffery Onions QC and Sally Onions

    Michael and Jilli Priest

    The Rankin Frost Family

    A Rosemary Saïd

    Lady Sainsbury of Turville CBE

    Thomas J. Scherer*

    Philippa Seal and Philip Jones QC

    Jon and NoraLee Sedmak*

  • Anonymous, in honor of Kay Sutton*

    TAK Advisory Limited (Education)

    Peter and Nancy Thompson

    Karen and Peter Ventress

    Helen Webb and Adam Peters

    Jane and Sarah Williams

    Jo Windsor

  • gold patrons


    Janet Bignell QC and Richard Bignell

    Neil and Sarah Brener

    Peggy and Karl Dannenbaum

    Brian and Susan Dickie

    Ray and Eileen Dunn

    Jane and Howard Epstein

    Griselda and Nigel Hamway

    Leonard Hoffmann

    Jeanie and Philip Holland

    Weslie and William Janeway

    Joy and Geoff Kennard

    John Granholm and Alice Kim

    Graham Knight

    Mark Kramer*

    Michael J Lack

    Simon and Mary Lowth

    Serrie and Ian Meakins

    Shibani and Ivan Menezes

    Jan and Henry Keeling

    Jennifer and Jonathan Oppenheimer

    Andrew Pitt

    Patricia Rigby

    Linda and Paul Sivelle

    Fiona Stockwell

    David and Marlies Weston

    Tony and Maureen Wheeler

  • silver patrons

  • David and Elizabeth Acland

    Jane and Richard Addis

    Charles and Clare Alexander

    Chris, Deirdre, Ronan and Roisin Allen

    Sir Eric and Lady Anderson

    Jeffrey and Mary Archer

    Paul Arman

    Richard Armitage

    Dr Rosie Ayton and Sam and Jon Ricketson

    Beverley and David Banks

    Captain Peter Barnett and Mrs Sandra Billinge

    Sue Barron*

    Martin and Jilli Bates

    Anne Beaumont

    Jacqui Beecroft

    Sir David and Lady Louise Bell

    Matthew Bowcock

    Martin Bowley QC

    Fleur Bradley

    H & J Brave

    Penelope Braye

    Walt and David Brecht

    Dr and Mrs Douglas Bridgewater

    Roger and Lesley Cadbury

    Sir Dominic Cadbury

    Angus Carlill and Sandra Carlisle

    Simon and Liz Clemmow

    Les, Sally and Lily Coates

    Mr and Mrs Leigh Collins

    Caroline and Christopher Compston

  • Vivienne Cox CBE and Erik Vischer

    Lin and Ken Craig

    Tony Robinson and Liz Cratchley

    Caroline Cronson*

    Liz Crosoer

    Celia and Andrew Curran

    Carol and Peter Davey

    Irving and Olga David

    Donald Barb and Bruce Davidson

    Neil and Caitlin Davis

    Jill P Davison

    Gillian and Andrew Dawson

    Sarah and Tony de Bell

    Nicholas and Elizabeth Dee

    Laura DeMarco and Neil Allen*

    Peter Downing and Sarah-Jane Watts

    Jane Drabble OBE

    Robyn Durie

    Sir John and Lady Egan

    Victoria Ellison

    Colin and Susan Enticknap

    Steve and Sheila Evans

    D J Farnan

    Rev A Farrington

    Dr and Mrs E Fishwick

    Jaynie and Duncan Ford

    Martin and Gillian Fowmes

    Caroline Flower

    Albert and Joyce Gallon

    Anne Gardiner

    Howard Gatiss

    Dr J Gibbs

    Ann Glaves-Smith

    Tessa Hakkinen

    Daniel and Denise Hamburger*

    Sarah R Wolff & Joel L Handelman*

    Cheryl and Patrick Harbour

    Mike Hawkins

    Rosalind and Alan Hearne

    Heart of England Community Foundation

    John Hemingway and Robyn Oliver

    Lady Heseltine

    Susan Hewitt and Family

    Tony Hinton

    John and Jan Hornby

    Molly Jackson

    Peter and Zanie Jamieson

    David Jenkins and Lesley Bell

    John and Sue Jenkinson

    John Jennings

    Peter and Christine Job

    Allan and Kath Jones

    Professor Vivien Jones

    Philip Keber

    Steve and Clare Kingshott

    Frances Kirkham

    Richard Lambert

    David Lanch

    Kerry and Jonathan Lane OBE

    Bethan Lewis-Powell

    The Limoges Trust

    Sir Timothy and Lady Lloyd

    David and Catherine Loudon

    Juliette and Miles Macnair

    Selina and David Marks

    William and Felicity Mather

    Sharon McCullough

    Hilary McGowan

    Kerry and Patricia Milan

  • Silver Patrons Continued


  • Silver Patrons Continued

  • Jennifer and Hassan Miremadi

    Barbara Morgan

    Yoko Morimoto

    Brian and Sheila Morris

    Kate Mulcahey

    Jack Murphy

    Jane and Howard Nead

    William and Patricia Nichol

    Mrs Gillian Nussey MBE

    Kathleen O'Grady*

    Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling*

    Ralph Osborn

    Ligia Ospeciu

    Richard and Sue Otten

    Dr Richard N. Ough

    Lynn and Derek Palethorpe

    Jayne Parris

    John Parrott

    Tim and Victoria Pearce

    Margaret and John Pegler

    Lionel and Lynn Persey

    Andrew Michael Pettipher

    Mary Phibbs

    Darrell Phillips

    Bill and Jo Pidduck

    Graham and Alison Pimlott

    Miles and Sarah Plumb

    The Porter Foundation

    Dr A K Prasad

    Jean Pratt

    Marie Prutton

    Christopher Marek Rencki

    Mr Clive Richards OBE

    Sir Brian and Lady Richards

    Colin and Gillian Roberts

    David Rocklin

    Jonathan and Emily Rogers

    Colin and Jacqueline Russell

    John and Jo Saville

    Joan Saxton M.D.

    Andrew Seth

    Peter and Sheila Sharpe

    Augusta and Philip Shirley

    Ramona Silipo and Ian Freer

    Catherine Small

    Mark and Amanda Smith

    Brian Smith

    Sir Martin and Lady Smith

    Clive and Annie Snowdon

    Francesca Stanfill and Richard Nye*

    Sue Stapely

    The Stevens Family

    Lord and Lady Stirrup

    Bernard and Nadine Taylor

    Derek and Ruth Taylor

    Michael Thrussell

    Ben Tichband

    Sue Tipping

    Rodney and Jane Turner

    Sir David and Lady Varney

    Robert and Felicity Waley-Cohen

    Edgar and Judith Wallner

    Sarah Watkinson

    Ailsa White

    Mandy Wilson

    Dr John Wollaston

    Julia Woodhouse

    Mrs C Wyse

    Roger Yates

    Nadjia Yousif

The RSC would also like to thank our Bronze Patrons, those who have remembered us in their wills, and everyone who has donated to the RSC including those who wish to remain anonymous. For more information on how to support our work visit rsc.org.uk/support

* Supporters of RSC America

Costume Workshop

Photo by Sam Allard

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  • Public Funders

  • The National Lottery through Arts Council England

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund

  • Major Supporters

  • Lady Alexander of Weedon

    The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

    Coats - Official Thread Supplier to the RSC

    Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

    Michael and Susan Clasper

    The Foyle Foundation

    Garfield Weston Foundation

    Lydia and Manfred Gorvy

    Ian and Caroline Laing

    Anne and René Olivieri

    The Patrick Trust

    Marcia Whitaker

  • Trusts and Foundations

  • Golsoncott Foundation

    The Limoges Trust

    The Oakley Charitable Trust

    The Saintbury Trust

    The Saints and The Sinners Trust

    Trefoil Trust

    The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers

  • Costume Circle

  • Sir Eric and Lady Anderson

    Sally Bennett

    In Memory of Helen Brave

    Miss R F Balfour

    Walt and David Brecht

    Sir Geoffrey and Lady Cass

    Anne Charlton

    Amy Chen

    Felicia and Michael Crystal

    Sarah and Tony de Bell

    Brian and Susan Dickie*

  • Ray and Eileen Dunn

    Robyn Durie

    Gillian Forrest

    Albert and Joyce Gallon

    Elizabeth Ganney

    Ann Glaves-Smith

    Ros and Alan Haigh

    Tony and Linda Hales

    Sir Max and Lady Hastings

    Rosalind and Alan Hearne

    In Memory of Mrs Paddie Holdsworth

    John and Sue Jenkinson

    John Jennings and Friends

    Professor Vivien Jones

    Calico Kate

    Joy and Geoff Kennard

    Roberta Le Poidevin

    Carrie Marsh

    Hilary McGowan

    John Parrott

    Dinah Rewell

    Jo Rolfe

    J. M. B. Sandford

    Linda and Paul Sivelle

    Michael Thrussell

    Jane and Sarah Williams

    Jo Windsor

  • Costume Workshop Council

  • Emma Bridgewater CBE

    Stephen Brimson Lewis

    Gregory Doran

    Noma Dumezweni

    Lydia and Manfred Gorvy

    Lord Digby Jones

    Catherine Mallyon

    Emma Marsh

    Alistair McArthur

    Anne Olivieri

    Jane Pragnell

    Matthew Rice

    Sir Antony Sher

    Josette Simon OBE

    Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

    Dame Harriet Walter DBE

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Timon of Athens

Photo by Simon Annand

A woman in white robes talks to placard-carrying protesters.

Our income for 2018/19 was £86.44m, 83% of which was self-generated from Box Office sales, commercial trading and fundraising. After expenditure of £82.99m there was surplus of £3.45m which will be used to support us in meeting our strategic objectives, including capital and other projects.The surplus mainly relates to the Matilda UK and Ireland Tour and capital fundraising. Our continued priority and key challenge is to maintain a balanced financial position, in the light of reduced Arts Council grant funding and declining royalties.



Photo by Richard Davenport

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  • Patron

  • Her Majesty the Queen
  • President

  • His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales
  • Board of Governors

  • Nigel Hugill

    Miranda Curtis
    Deputy Chair

    Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall
    Deputy Chair

    Sir William Atkinson            

    Gregory Doran

    Paapa Essiedu (3 year term)

    Catherine Mallyon

    Clare Reddington                

    Patsy Rodenburg OBE

    Sir Simon Russell Beale CBE (3 year term)

    Sir Anthony Seldon

    Professor James Shapiro

    Mark Smith

    Ian Squires

    Mark Thompson      

  • Governors

  • Lord Andrew Adonis

    George Alagiah OBE

    Sir David Bell

    Anita Bhalla OBE

    Malorie Blackman OBE

    Elizabeth Boissevain

    Lord Carrington DL

    Michael Clasper CBE

    Bruce Kovner 

    Professor Ruru Li

    Dame Hilary Mantel DBE

    Paul Morrell OBE

    Sandie Okoro

    Alexander Patrick CBE

    Sue Stapely

    Meera Syal CBE

    David Tennant

    Dame Harriet Walter DBE

    Lucy Williams

    Mike Wright     
  • Emeritus Chairman

  • Sir Geoffrey Cass
  • Honorary Emeritus Governors

  • Lady Anderson

    Charles Flower

    Frederick R Koch

    Sir Stanley Wells

  • Honorary Governors

  • Neil Benson OBE

    Philip Bermingham

    David Burbidge CBE

    Michael Crystal QC

    Tony Hales CBE

    Sara Harrity MBE

    Martin Iredale

    Ian Laing (5 year term)

    Charlotte Heber Percy

    Roger Pringle

    Telfer Saywell

    Lord Willoughby de Broke

    Stratford Town Mayor

    Chairman, Stratford-on-Avon District Council

    Professor Michael Dobson, Director, Shakespeare Institute

    Tim Cooke, Chief Executive, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust   
  • Nominations Committee

  • Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall

    George Alagiah

    Miranda Curtis

    Gregory Doran

    Nigel Hugill (ex officio)

    Catherine Mallyon

    Sir Anthony Seldon

    Mike Wright

  • Audit Committee

  • Mark Smith

    Martin Ritchley

    Jane Whitlock


  • Royal Shakespeare Company America is proud to support the Royal Shakespeare Company. United States taxpayers interested in supporting the unique work of the RSC may contribute to Royal Shakespeare Company America, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) designated organisation. Contributions to RSC America by US taxpayers are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

  • President

  • Dr Douglas McPherson
  • Board of Governors

  • Tracey Dedrick

    Mark Foster

    Ken Hitz

    Catherine Mallyon (ex officio)

    Sandie Okoro

    Mark Pigott KBE

    Parag Saxena

    Thomas J Scherer

    Susan Tomasky 

    Kathleen J. Yoh

  • Secretary & Treasurer

  • Elliot Fishman
  • For further information telephone: 00 1 212-247-1705 www.rscamerica.org

Troilus and Cressida

Photo by Helen Maybanks

Troilus and Cressida production photographs_ 2018_2018_Photo by Helen Maybanks _c_ RSC _265234 (1)
  • Associate Artists

  • Adjoa Andoh

    Maria Aberg

    Roger Allam

    Alun Armstrong

    Mike Ashcroft

    Desmond Barrit

    Jon Bausor

    Claire Benedict

    Edward Bennett

    Alison Bomber

    Laurence Boswell

    Stephen Boxer

    David Bradley

    Stephen Brimson Lewis

    Jasper Britton

    Antony Byrne

    David Calder

    Paul Chahidi

    Jon Clark

    Kandis Cook

    Dominic Cooke CBE

    Richard Cordery

    Adam Cork

    Brian Cox

    Derbhle Crotty

    Niamh Cusack

    Sinead Cusack

    Peter De Jersey

    Joe Dixon

    Penny Downie

    Darrell D'Silva

    Noma  Dumezweni

    Helen Edmundson

    Paul Englishby

    Paapa Essiedu

    Ray Fearon

    Emma Fielding

    Polly Findlay

    Peter Flannery

    Geoffrey Freshwater

    Mariah Gale

    Alexandra Gilbreath

    Julian Glover CBE

    Henry Goodman

    David Greig

    Mike Gwilym

    Mark Hadfield

    Amanda Harris

    Alex Hassell

    James Hayes

    John Heffernan

    Greg Hicks

    Rob Howell

    Chukwudi Iwuji

    Angus Jackson

  • Sir Derek Jacobi

    Alex Jennings

    Paul Jesson

    Robert Jones

    Jean Kalman

    Dennis Kelly

    Terry King

    Estelle Kohler

    Barbara Leigh-Hunt

    Anton Lesser

    Katrina Lindsay

    Christopher Luscombe

    John Mackay

    Forbes Masson

    Aidan McArdle

    Richard McCabe

    Tarell Alvin McCraney

    Peter McEnery

    Aislin McGuckin

    Nancy Meckler

    Ben Miles

    Joseph Millson

    Tim Minchin

    Katie Mitchell

    Tim Mitchell

    Lucian Msamati

    Jonjo O'Neill

    David Oyelowo OBE

    Joanne Pearce

    Tom Piper MBE

    Mike Poulton

    Hugh Quarshie

    Liz Ranken

    Siobhan Redmond MBE

    Simon Russell Beale CBE

    Ilona Sekacz

    Josette Simon OBE

    Jonathan Slinger

    Katy Stephens

    Toby Stephens

    Juliet Stevenson

    Jo Stone-Fewings

    Malcolm Storry

    Geoffrey Streatfeild

    David Suchet CBE

    Ayse Tashkiran

    David Tennant

    Michelle Terry

    David Threlfall

    Sam Troughton

    James Tucker

    Niki Turner

    Philip Voss

    Matthew Warchus

    Samuel West

    Clive Wood

    John Woolf MBE

    Gary Yershon

  • Artists’ Associate

  • Lady Sainsbury of Turville CBE
  • Associate Producer

  • Thelma Holt CBE
  • Honorary Associate Artists

  • Bill Alexander

    Michael Attenborough CBE

    Sir Michael Boyd

    Peter Brook CBE

    John Caird

    Bob Crowley

    Ron Daniels

    Dame Judi Dench

    Chris Dyer

    David Edgar

    Oliver Ford Davies

    Terry Hands CBE

    Sir Ian Holm CBE

    Sir Ben Kingsley

    Barry Kyle

    Jane Lapotaire

    Dame Helen Mirren

    Christopher Morley

    John Napier

    Richard Nelson

    Adrian  Noble

    Sir Trevor Nunn CBE

    Timothy O'Brien

    Michael Pennington

    Clifford Rose

    Sir Antony Sher KBE

    Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

    Dame Janet Suzman

    David Troughton

    Dame Harriet Walter

    David Warner

    John Woodvine

Everyone at the RSC contributes to everything that you see on and off our stages. We have over 1,000 members of staff and each of them brings their commitment and talents to make the Royal Shakespeare Company a very special charity. RSC Departments include the Acting Company, Artistic Director’s Office, Audiences and Marketing, Development, Education, Estates, Events and Exhibitions, Executive Director’s Office, Finance, Legal, IT and Risk Management, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Literary, Live From Stratford Upon Avon, Production and Producers. To all our colleagues, thank you for the wonderful way in which you carry out your work and for everything you do to enable the RSC to perform at its very best

Everyone at the RSC contributes to everything that you see on and off our stages. We have over 1,000 members of staff and each of them brings their commitment and talents to make the Royal Shakespeare Company a very special charity. RSC Departments include the Acting Company, Artistic Director’s Office, Audiences and Marketing, Development, Education, Estates, Events and Exhibitions, Executive Director’s Office, Finance, Legal, IT and Risk Management, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Literary, Live From Stratford Upon Avon, Production and Producers. To all our colleagues, thank you for the wonderful way in which you carry out your work and for everything you do to enable the RSC to perform at its very best

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