We celebrate an amazing year of reaching more people than before, pushing digital boundaries and launching a new schools programme.

Our Artistic Director Gregory Doran paid tribute to the RSC’s founder, Sir Peter Hall, at our AGM today (Thursday), and to our former Chairman, Sir Christopher Bland, both of whom died this year.

Gregory said: “Since Peter Hall founded the RSC in 1961, we have been driven by a belief that Shakespeare is for everyone. Peter knew that a deep engagement with Shakespeare’s work could be transformational and conveyed his passion through everything he did with and for the Company.  We mourn his death and pay tribute to his extraordinary achievements.

"We also lost Sir Christopher Bland earlier this year, a figure who presided over the company’s more recent transformation.  His dedication to the company was total and it came with enormous intellect and great good humour."


Antony Sher as King Lear with the dead Cordelia, played by Natalie Simpson.

We also published our Annual Review for the year 2016/17. This year we:

  • Produced 31 productions and co-productions and sold 2.7m tickets worldwide
  • Pushed digital boundaries using live performance capture on stage for the very first time in The Tempest, in collaboration with Intel and in association with Imaginarium Studios
  • Brought together 84 amateur actors and 580 school-children with professional actors to tour A Midsummer Night’s Dream across the UK
  • Opened a new family-friendly permanent exhibition, The Play’s The Thing, uncovering our theatre-making history
  • Launched a new Associate Schools programme, with 11 regional theatre partners, 11 lead schools and 128 associate schools across England
  • Broadcast four Shakespeare plays ‘Live From Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinema audiences of 178,000 in 20 countries around the world
  • Continued our Chinese cultural exchange, premiering Snow in Midsummer in Stratford and seeing Chinese theatre companies in Shanghai and Beijing stage Henry V and King Lear, using our new translations
  • Presented Matilda The Musical on three continents

This year we also reached more people than ever before, welcoming over 1m people to our Stratford home, and reaching more than 1,200 schools and 500,000 young people through our Education programmes.

Read the Annual Review