As You Like It bows out and Macbeth takes the stage in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, while Falkland Sound and The Empress look at more recent historical events in The Swan this August.

This month we say a fond farewell to one production and welcome a new Shakespeare favourite while offering two historical epics in our Swan Theatre. Meanwhile, our outdoor free theatre continues every weekend. For those with a detailed interest in theatre, our Summer School programme provides unparalleled access and insight.


Act now to book the final tickets to Omar Elerian's joyous production of As You Like It in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which finishes its run on 5 August. When a group of actors return to the rehearsal room after 40 years, memories are reawakened and old friends reconnect, but it's just the beginning of a journey full of surprises.


From 19 August Macbeth and his wife will seize power in the most brutal of ways. Award-winning director Wils Wilson directs Reuben Joseph, straight from London’s West End as the title role of the multi award-winning musical Hamilton, and Valene Kane as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this gripping, terrifying tale of our times.

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As You Like It bows out from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 5 August
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Macbeth opens in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 19 August

In our Swan Theatre this month, two plays focusing on historical events offer insights into other parts and cultures of the world and their intersection with Britain.


1982, The Falkland Islands are caught in the grip of a military power struggle after Argentinian forces invade. While the world watches on, the lives of those in the small community there are turned upside down and changed forever.


19th Century Britain, in the so-called "Golden Era" of Empire. Rani, a young ayah, arrives in England off a boat from India and is immediately rendered jobless and homeless. The Empress tells a sweeping epic story of the fate of Rani and others who took the same voyage.


Ac actor, Anyebe Godwin, sits on the floow with a book open in front of him. To his right there is a small plywood house model and an old grey telephone. He is looking away to his right.
Anyebe Godwin as "Jacob" in rehearsals for Falkland Sound
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A group of rugged sailors dressed in blue and white pulling on ropes
The Empress is at the Swan Theatre throughout August and September
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A man standing on the stage of the Swan Theatre. He is wearing black. Behind him a large circle is lit up in yellow and blue and a group of people are standing on a raised platform.
The Empress transfers to the Lyric Hammersmith from 4 October
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The Dell

Our free outdoor theatre shows at The Dell continue every weekend throughout August. 

Productions of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Two Gentlemen of Verona are just some of the offerings this month. Bring a blanket or chairs and your favourite tipple, no booking required.

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Free theatre is on offer every weekend in August at our Dell Theatre
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Summer School

Finally, if you love Shakespeare and have a deep interest in the decisions behind the productions, then you won't want to miss our 76th Summer School this August.

Featuring lectures and talks from actors, directors and leading academics, it's the perfect way to immerse yourself in theatre and develop your knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare's plays.

Running for four days from 29 August, this in-person experience can be booked by the day or for the whole event. If travelling to and staying in Stratford-upon-Avon isn't an option, individual sessions can be attended online.

Our 76th Summer School runs from 29 August to 1 September
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Finally, if you've got little ones with bundles of energy to burn off, why not join us for one of our many summer activities.

Every Wednesday through August we've nature-inspired outdoor play, suitable for all ages 5+. From willow weaving to adventure walks, there's lots to discover and enjoy. Some booking required, more about free summer activities for families.

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