We’ll be posting pictures and details on social media of maintenance work in and around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre during the next two weeks, as we prepare for our Rome season.

More than 1 million people visit our Stratford home each year and this is the first opportunity we have had, since we opened the transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2010, to undertake essential maintenance work. This activity coincides with the creation of our Rome Season staging in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, the improvements will a bit of take time to complete. We will be: 

  • Adapting the seating in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre auditorium for the Rome season
  • Building and installing the set for the Rome season
  • Having a shop refit
  • Sanding and re-varnishing the Rooftop Restaurant floor
  • Upgrading and maintaining the stage and overhead lighting grid
men working in hard hats on the RST stage
We're preparing the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage and auditorium for the Rome Season
Photo by Lucy Barriball © RSC – Image Licensing

Open for business

While the work is going on, we are very much open for business. You can explore the history of theatre in Stratford through our exhibition, The Play’s The Thing. You can take a theatre tour and a trip to the top of our Theatre Tower, eat and drink in our Riverside Cafe, Swan Cafe and Susie’s Cafe Bar at The Other Place.

The opening of our new season is just around the corner - Snow in Midsummer opens in the Swan Theatre from 23 February, and Julius Caesar kicks off our Rome Season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 3 March.