The Swirl

Our outdoor performance space returns, with free family-friendly theatre on weekends during the school summer holidays.

People enjoying the free games and stands outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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Free Performances

On Saturdays we host some of the most engaging family theatre from around the UK. We bring you the best of performance Story telling from the Crick Crack Club, improvised music from Peablossom Cabaret, magic and balloon shows.

On Sundays, current RSC Assistant Directors create short family shows inspired by Shakespeare's plays, created especially for the space.


All performances are free but ticketed due to the small capacity within The Swirl.

Advance tickets are almost sold out, but tickets for each performance are available on the day, from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office.

If you are unable to make the performance and have booked a ticket in advance, please let our box office team know by calling 01789 331111 to release your tickets for these very popular shows.

Activities available everyday

Alongside the performances we will be bringing the inside of the theatre outside, with free activities inspired by Shakespeare's plays and how we make theatre.

You can pretend to sell tickets at the Box Office or make sound effects and more in our specially designed interactive games. 

Available to play for free, everyday on the Bancroft Terrace, outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The Swirl Performances