As a teaching theatre, the RSC is a national centre for performance, teaching, training, learning and research about Shakespeare and theatre arts.

Research plays a critical role in our work from exploring the role of immersive technologies in performance, to engaging a more diverse talent base and understanding how Shakespeare can improve learning outcomes.

Time to Act

Time to Act is a major research project which is evaluating the impact of rehearsal-room approaches to teaching Shakespeare on language development and academic self-concept in young people.

The project builds on our 2018 Time to Listen study. It is led by RSC Research Fellows Dr Matthew Collins and Dr Lynsey McCulloch and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

More about Time to Act

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Part of Government’s Industrial Strategy, Audience of the Future is an R&D programme harnessing the expertise and knowledge of 15 specialist organisations including the RSC, leading British arts companies, global technology giants and top British universities.

Together they explore what it means to perform live using technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality and ensure that the UK is leading the way in how audiences will experience live performance in the future. 

Find out more about Audience of the Future (goes to separate website).


The RSC and the University of Birmingham have collaborated for many years to provide formal and informal opportunities for knowledge exchange and research about Shakespeare’s work, as well as theatre practice for students, scholars and artists.

Recent research-led collaborations include Signing Shakespeare, an innovative research project and a series of practical resources aimed at supported deaf young people in their study and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

Find out more about Signing Shakespeare.

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