Big Backstage Weekend

Part of the Open Stages programme for amateur theatre makers.

Open Stages regional showcase_ Dec 2014_2014_Photo by Lucy Barriball _c_ RSC_165883
Photo by Lucy Barriball © RSC – Image Licensing

About the weekend

Join us at the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon for an unforgettable theatre experience working with our technical and stage management teams.

The weekend is for amateurs who are, or would like to be involved in the technical or backstage side of theatre making including lighting, sound, design and stage management.

You will have the opportunity to learn skills, techniques and ideas from our highly skilled and experienced team of technicians
 in practical workshops, including:

  • Stage management
  • Lighting for theatre
  • Sound for theatre
  • Set construction
  • Set design
  • Music for theatre

You have a choice of four workshops over the weekend and the ticket price also includes:

  • a backstage technical tour of our theatres
  • a ticket to see Antony & Cleopatra on the Saturday evening, with a chance to talk to the technical team behind the show
  • a ticket to The Play’s The Thing our brand new behind the scenes exhibition
  • lunch on both days

What and when

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017

Registration is from 9.30am at The Other Place on Saturday 6 May
The weekend will finish by 6pm on Sunday 7 May

Price £220 (does not include accommodation)
Special ticket offer of £150 for Open Stages company members (terms and conditions apply*)

Participants must be 18+


To book, please download the workshop choices and choose four workshops from the available sessions. Workshops will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets are available by calling the RSC Ticket Hotline on 01789 403493 or in person at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office.

*Special ticket offer for Open Stages company members is limited to two tickets per company and must be booked by Friday 7 April. Open Stages company members will be sent a promotional code to quote at time of booking. 

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