We announce a summer of Shakespeare, start searching for stories with our nationwide playwriting project, and reveal our new TikTok Tickets scheme for young people.

Summer 2022 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Two brand new productions of Shakespeare’s plays that speak directly to our world today will come to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this summer:

  • Richard III: the thrilling climax to Shakespeare's first great history cycle, directed by Gregory Doran with Arthur Hughes in the title role
  • All's Well That Ends Well: Director Blanche McIntyre explores themes of romantic fantasy, toxic masculinity and consent.

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First Encounters with Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

Touring to UK theatres and schools this autumn, Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity receives a 21st century update in a new production edited and directed by Robin Belfield, part of our 90-minute series targeted at ages seven to 13.

First Encounters Twelfth Night will be co-created with our partner theatres and associate schools, with a focus on environmental sustainability at its heart, including a set made from reclaimed and recycled materials.

TikTok Tickets

Any young person aged 14-25 or full-time students of any age can see our shows in Stratford-upon-Avon or London for £10 or less, from June this year.

TikTok Tickets cost just £10 (£5 for reduced-price previews), while state schools can also book £10 TikTok Tickets for group visits. Tickets will be available to book for Richard III and All’s Well That Ends Well from 7 March.

More about TikTok Tickets

37 Plays - Writing the stories of our nation

Anybody from anywhere in the UK can participate in 37 Plays, a nationwide search to capture the stories of today. Working with our 12 regional partner theatres, we’ve launched 37plays.co.uk to offer playwriting support and advice to those who are writing a play for the first time, as well as emerging and professional writers throughout 2022.

The site launches with resources on how to decide what to write your play about, and a new podcast series hosted by playwright Mark Ravenhill with contributions from some of the most inspiring voices currently working in the UK.

Visit 37plays.co.uk

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