A message from the Acting Artistic Director and Executive Director.

When the global pandemic was declared in March 2020 and our theatres were temporarily closed, we were forced to quickly re-evaluate our plans and ask how we could continue to serve our Royal Shakespeare Community with all the constraints of the lockdown. Full productions were postponed, access to schools stopped, our exhibitions and social spaces closed, travel prevented and many of our staff were furloughed, but we continued to work with and support our communities – those groups, individuals, organisations, partners, supporters and audiences who we work with and alongside every day.

Whilst young people learnt from home, people were locked down and artists lost their livelihoods, we supported them through one of the most challenging periods of our time, whilst doing everything we could to ensure our strong survival and that of the theatre industry. We retained our Royal Shakespeare Theatre acting company throughout the pandemic to help us to deliver activity for audiences, young people, teachers and communities across the UK and beyond.

The pandemic and our recovery are certainly not over, but as the financial year came to an end, we had firm plans to open a new outdoor space in Stratford-upon-Avon to stage The Comedy of Errors ahead of a UK tour and run at the Barbican Centre in London, we had confirmation that Matilda The Musical would re-open at the Cambridge Theatre, London in the autumn, that our new musical The Magician’s Elephant would reopen the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and our long awaited co-production of The Mirror and the Light with Playful Productions had the green light for a September world premiere. We were also making plans to announce our activity from January 2022.

Our timeline below highlights some of the key activity from our year, made possible with the continued support of our audiences and supporters including the loan from the Culture Recovery Fund. It has been an extraordinary time for all, and we thank everybody for their dedication, patience and commitment to the RSC.

Catherine and Erica


Thank you 

Public Funders


Arts Council England
Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Innovate UK
National Lottery Heritage Fund
The National Lottery through Arts Council England




Agnieszka and Witold Balaban*
Miranda Curtis CMG
Diane and Malcolm
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy*
Doug and Julie McPherson*
Anne and René Olivieri
Lady Sainsbury of Turville CBE
Usha and Parag Saxena*
Susan Tomasky and Ronald J Ungvarsky*
Marcia Whitaker*
Kathleen J. Yoh*




Charles Holloway




(The Mirror and the Light)
Peggy Czyzak-Dannenbaum

(The Winter’s Tale)
Mark Thompson and Jane Blumberg-Thompson*




Meenakshi Adams
Lady Alexander of Weedon
Lady Anderson
Neil and Ann Benson
Philip Bermingham*
Neil and Sarah Brener
David and Sandra Burbidge
Lord Carrington DL
Carolyn Carter Starr*
Michael and Susan Clasper
Sir Ronald Cohen and Ms Sharon Harel
Lynette and Robert Craig
Felicia and Michael Crystal
Brian and Susan Dickie
John and Barbara Eden
Thérèse Esperdy and Robert Neborak*
Mark and Sandy Foster*
Beth & Gary Glynn*
Paul and Elizabeth Golby
Ros and Alan Haigh
Tony and Linda Hales
William and Kate Hobhouse
Michael and Mercedes Hoffman*
Nigel and Christine Hugill
Jan and Henry Keeling
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
A Rosemary Saïd
Lady Sainsbury of Turville CBE
Thomas J Scherer*
Philippa Seal and Philip Jones QC
Peter and Nancy Thompson
Karen and Peter Ventress
Helen Webb and Adam Peters
Jane and Sarah Williams
Jo Windsor




Janet Bignell QC and Richard Bignell
Sarah and Tony de Bell
Ray and Eileen Dunn
Robyn Durie
Griselda and Nigel Hamway
Leonard Hoffmann
Jeanie and Philip Holland
John and Jan Hornby
In memory of Jacqui
Joy and Geoff Kennard
Simon and Mary Lowth
Serrie and Ian Meakins
Shibani and Ivan Menezes
Andrew Pitt
Dinah Rewell
Patricia Rigby
Jo and Malcolm Rolfe
John and Jo Saville
Linda and Paul Sivelle
Mark and Amanda Smith
Fiona Stockwell
Michael Thrussell
David and Marlies Weston
Tony and Maureen Wheeler




Jane and Richard Addis
Charles and Clare Alexander
Chris, Deirdre, Ronan and Roisin Allen
Sir Eric and Lady Anderson
Anson Charitable Trust
Jeffrey and Mary Archer
Paul Arman
Beverley and David Banks
Captain Peter Barnett and Mrs Sandra Billinge
Margaret Barretto and Alistair Clark
Sue Barron*
Martin and Jilli Bates
Sir David and Lady Louise Bell
Robert and Pattie Beresford
Jazz and Sophia Bhamra
Captain Peter Barnett and Mrs Sandra Billinge
Kim and Nigel Binks
Martin Bowley Q.C.
Fleur Bradley
H & J Brave
Penelope Braye
Walt and David Brecht
Nadjia Browning
Sir Dominic Cadbury
Roger and Lesley Cadbury
Professor Phil Cardew
Simon and Liz Clemmow
Les, Sally and Lily Coates
Mr and Mrs Leigh Collins
Caroline and Christopher Compston
Eileen Cooper
Vivienne Cox CBE and Erik Vischer
Tony Robinson and Liz Cratchley
Liz Crosoer
Celia and Andrew Curran
Carol and Peter Davey
Donald Barb and Bruce Davidson
Gwyn and Peter Davies
Neil and Caitlin Davis
Jill P Davison
Gillian and Andrew Dawson
Nicholas and Elizabeth Dee
Laura DeMarco and Neil Allen*
Dr Hugh Dingle
Elizabeth Dixon
Peter Downing and Sarah-Jane Watts
Jane Drabble OBE
The Limoges Trust
Sir John and Lady Egan
Victoria Ellison
Colin and Susan Enticknap
Steve and Sheila Evans
D J Farnan
Rev A Farrington
Dr Eric and Mrs Margaret Fishwick
Jaynie and Duncan Ford
Paul J Fournel
Martin and Gillian Fowmes
Caroline Flower
Albert and Joyce Gallon
Ann Glaves-Smith
Tessa Hakkinen
Sarah R Wolff & Joel L Handelman*
Cheryl and Patrick Harbour
Mike Hawkins
John Hemingway and Robyn Oliver
Lady Heseltine
Alison R. Hirsch*
Pippa and Martyn Hurd
Molly Jackson
Linda and Andrew Jamieson
Peter and Zanie Jamieson
Dr Mark Jeffries
John and Sue Jenkinson
John Jennings
Peter and Christine Job
Melanie Johnson
Allan and Kath Jones
Professor Vivien Jones
Professor Richard Kaplan and Professor Laurie Kaplan
Philip Keber
Steve and Clare Kingshott
Frances Kirkham
David Lanch
Kerry and Jonathan Lane OBE
Bethan Lewis-Powell
Sir Timothy and Lady Lloyd
David and Catherine Loudon
Penny Malec
Selina and David Marks
Emma Marsh
William and Felicity Mather
Hilary McGowan
Chris and Julie Merry
Kerry and Patricia Milan
Jennifer and Hassan Miremadi
Mark and Judy Moody-Stuart
Yoko Morimoto
Brian and Sheila Morris
Charlotte and Bill
Kate Mulcahey
Jack Murphy
Jane and Howard Nead


William and Patricia Nichol
Mrs Gillian Nussey MBE
Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling*
Martin O'Reilly
Ligia Ospeciu
Lynn and Derek Palethorpe
Jayne Parris
Tim and Victoria Pearce
Lionel and Lynn Persey
Andrew Michael Pettipher
Mary Phibbs
Darrell Phillips
Bill and Jo Pidduck
Graham Pimlott
Benedetta and Johnny Polk
Jean Pratt
Marie Prutton
Dr Simon and Mrs Debi Pudsey
Mr Nigel Reynolds and Ms Lisa Pritchard
Sir Brian and Lady Richards
Jonathan and Emily Rogers
Joan Saxton M.D.
Mo O'Hara and Guy Scurfield
Andrew Seth
Peter and Sheila Sharpe
Ramona Silipo and Ian Freer
Catherine Small
Sir Martin and Lady Smith
Clive and Annie Snowdon
Sue Stapely
Lord and Lady Stirrup
Bernard and Nadine Taylor
Derek and Ruth Taylor
Sue Tipping
Rodney and Jane Turner
Lee and Melinda Varian
Sir David and Lady Varney
Robert and Felicity Waley-Cohen
Sarah Watkinson
Ailsa White
Lynn and Keith Williams
Mandy Wilson
Dr John Wollaston
Julia Woodhouse
Rory and Susie Worthington
Mrs C Wyse
Roger Yates




We would like to thank all our Bronze Patrons for their support.




The RSC would also like to thank those who have remembered the RSC in their wills to safeguard the company in the future.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the RSC including those who wish to remain anonymous. As we recover, and make ambitious plans for the future, your support is more important than ever. Please consider supporting us by making a donation and Keep Your RSC rsc.org.uk/donate




The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
Backstage Trust
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Clore Duffield Foundation
The Constance Travis Charitable Trust
Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-22
Drue and H.J.Heinz II Charitable Lead Trust
Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
Epic MegaGrant
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Fidelity UK Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
George Cadbury Fund
George Fentham Birmingham Charity
The Goldsmiths' Company Charity
Golsoncott Foundation
The Grimmitt Trust
GRoW @ Annenberg*
Hitz Foundation*
John Armitage Charitable Trust
The John S Cohen Foundation
The Kovner Foundation
The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust
The Oakley Charitable Trust
Oppenheimer Generations Foundation
The Owen Family Trust
The Patrick Trust
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Polonsky Foundation
RSC Friends
The Saintbury Trust
The Saints and Sinners Trust
The Schroder Foundation
Stratford Town Trust
The Teale Charitable Trust
Trefoil Trust
The Wolfson Foundation
The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers
The Wyfold Charitable Trust




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Corporate Supporters


Bloomberg LP

George Pragnell

Innotech Advisers Limited


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Right Management

Pension Partners

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Creative Learning Partners


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Horace Mann School logo



RSC America


Royal Shakespeare Company America is proud to support the Royal Shakespeare Company. Contributions to RSC America by US taxpayers are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.




Susan Tomasky




Mark Foster

Ken Hitz

Nigel Hugill

Catherine Mallyon

Sandie Okoro

Parag Saxena

Thomas J. Scherer

Kathleen J. Yoh



Stitch in Time


Thank you to everyone who supported the redevelopment of the Costume Workshop with a gift to the Stitch In Time campaign. 


Public Funders


Arts Council England
The National Lottery through Arts Council England
The National Lottery Heritage Fund




Lady Alexander of Weedon
Bernard Sunley 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 Saints and The Sinners Trust
The Saintbury 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 and Malcolm 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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