Fun Palaces

Join us for a national celebration of culture by performing in or enjoying our all-day open mic session in the Swan Theatre.

An amateur actor takes centre stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
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Sunday 7 October, 11am-4pm
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Help us celebrate the legacy of Joan Littlewood’s unique theatre-making by performing in or enjoying our unique open mic event, part of the national programme of Fun Palaces.

Local singers, dancers, musicians, actors, poets and storytellers will offer you an all-day feast in the Swan Theatre.

Booking tickets

Tickets for the event are free. You can book tickets for the following times:

  • 11am - 12.30pm
  • 12.45 - 2.15pm
  • 2.30 - 4pm

Book tickets

To book, please click the link, phone the RSC Ticket Hotline on 01789 403493 or call into the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


Please write to us at by midnight on Sunday 23 September, telling us what you would like to perform (including a script if possible), who would be performing with you, and the length of your performance.*

If you are under 18 years old, please ask your parent/guardian to contact us to apply on your behalf.


  1. Your performance doesn't have to be related to Shakespeare (but it can be)
  2. It doesn’t have to be theatre - all art forms are welcome, particularly comedy, poetry, theatre and music
  3. It can be a maximum length of 10 minutes (although you can apply for more than one slot, subject to availability)
  4. Please don't include anything that might be deemed offensive
  5. This is an ‘unplugged’ event, so instruments will need to be played acoustically.  We can provide two microphones and a standard lighting state. If you would like to use any pre-recorded music, please email the track to us in a .WAV format.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a voice workshop and warm up session in our rehearsal room before your performance. 

About Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces is a campaign promoting community at the heart of culture and culture at the heart of community, with an annual weekend of action created by, for and with local people.

Fun Palaces was Joan Littlewood’s idea, and although it wasn’t realised in her lifetime, the movement that exists now has grown from her vision. In the year the new play about her life, Miss Littlewood, has premiered in the Swan Theatre, we wanted to celebrate by doing something that exemplifies what Fun Palaces is all about and what it meant to Joan and the future of theatre making.

* On receipt of your sign up email we will keep your contact details in order to contact you about this event. All contact details will be deleted upon completion of the Fun Palaces event and no data will be held or used for any other purpose.