Image Licensing

Our performance archive dates back to 1879. We own the copyright of many of our current and past production photos, as well as other related images.

Browse our online archive

You can browse a selection of our images in the new online RSC image library. Here we have archive and contemporary production photos available to browse and download low resolution or order high resolution. Currently this site covers a selection of 15 Shakespeare plays, but we are always adding new images to the library.

We also have many images in our archive that are not in this online library. If you are looking for a specific image of a production or person that you cannot find online, email and we will try to assist you.

Image Licensing 

You can find out more information about how we allow use of RSC copyright images for commercial projects, personal use and private study in our section on using RSC images

If you have seen an image on our website that states it is copyright of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), then you will need to contact the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust about usage on

Alex Waldmann as King John, wearing a sparkling white suit and standing among balloons and confetti
Alex Waldmann as King John, 2012, directed by Maria Aberg.
Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC Browse and license our images

Our archives in Stratford-upon-Avon

Our archives are held at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, and can be visited in person for research.
More information about the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's collections and opening times.

The archive catalogues are also searchable online through the RSC Performance Database.

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