From new shows to Shakespeare's birthday, April is a busy month at the RSC.

See two new shows and a live podcast in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Henry VI: Rebellion opens on 1 April, followed by Wars of the Roses on 11 April. Covering the second and third parts of Henry VI, these plays hurtle through one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Mark Quartley reprises his role as the titular king from his performance in our Henry VI Part 1: Open Rehearsal Project last year, with Arthur Hughes taking on the part of the Duke of Gloucester ahead of starring in Richard III this summer.

On 24 April, you can also join us for a live recording of The Guilty Feminist podcast, hosted by Deborah Frances-White. Special guests Sophie Duker, Jessica Fostekew, Celya AB and Jess Robinson will examine our noble goals as 21st century feminists - and our hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine those goals.

Deborah Frances-White of The Guilty Feminist podcast.
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Make a day of it

Our theatre tower is now open daily, boasting panoramic views of Stratford-upon-Avon and beyond. Our theatre tours are also starting again later this month, but are available to book now. For the first time, the tours will include access to our newly developed Costume Workshop, and each tour will include an element of the building that is not otherwise accessible to the public.

The Riverside Cafe is also open for drinks, sandwiches and snacks, or take in the view with a meal at our Rooftop Restaurant.

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday

Join us on Saturday 23 April for free activities and performances to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday:

  • Get an insight into how a scene goes from page to stage with actors and creatives in Unwrapped: Henry VI
  • Watch our free performance of Out of the Deep Blue by Autin Dance Theatre, featuring a 13-foot-tall puppet
  • Visit Room for the Soul, an art installation in our new Dell Forest Garden

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Enjoy our shows on the BBC

Our recent production of Much Ado About Nothing will be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 3 April at 8pm, before moving onto iPlayer. One of Shakespeare's best-loved romantic comedies, this Afrofuturistic show is full of dastardly plots, hilarious slapstick and some of Shakespeare’s wittiest dialogue.

This month, our 2021 production of The Winter's Tale will be coming off BBC iPlayer. Catch Erica Whyman's modern interpretation before it leaves, or enjoy the spectacle on the big screen at selected cinemas.

Woman in a gold dress with flared skirt and flowers coming out of her shoulders stands with one hand on her abdomen
Much Ado About Nothing (2022).
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Delve deeper into our work

We have Director Talks on both Wars of the Roses and Rebellion this month. Join Owen Horsley on 18 and 19 April to hear about the influences and decisions that went into making the productions.

Students can explore the different interpretive choices available when putting on a performance with our Henry VI: Rebellion Insight Session on 28 April.

Patrons this month can join us for a special Patrons' Afternoon Tea for Shakespeare's birthday, followed by a birthday streaming of The Merry Wives of Windsor on 24 April.