Find out how we celebrated Shakespeare’s legacy and transported 732 costumes, 10 prosthetic noses and 1 fake roast chicken half way around the world…

We’ve released a book packed with photos and stories from behind the scenes, giving an insight into what we did throughout 2016 to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. The year included:

  • International tour of King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, including our first ever major tour to China
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation toured the UK with a company of professional actors working alongside local amateurs.
  • Shakespeare’s birthday was commemorated by an extravaganza that celebrated Shakespeare's words and his enduring influence on all performance art forms and was broadcast live on BBC 2.
  • We reopened The Other Place
  • Refurbished the Swan Wing and opened our first permanent exhibition – The Play’s The Thing
  • And much more…

The Big Year is both a memento of an exceptional year and a fascinating view of how the RSC operates. It will be released on 22 March through the RSC Shop. You can pre-order The Big Year now.

The cover of The Big Year in dark blue with Shakespeare's face picked out in white lines
The Big Year will be out on 22 March