As theatre returns to Stratford-upon-Avon, we take you through this month's events at the RSC.

Audiences sat in the theatre watching the company dancing on the stage, with view of the Swan Theatre lit up in the background
The Comedy of Errors in the Garden Theatre.
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Join us for live theatre

We're back for live, in-person performances with Phillip Breen's The Comedy of Errors in the new outdoor Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre.

Shakespeare’s fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, was originally due to play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre last year. Now it gets its time in the sun, with a cast including Jonathan Broadbent and Greg Haiste as the two Dromios.

Take part in our free family activities

Up until 20 August, we have a whole range of free, fun events for the family, including Wednesday craft activities on the Bancroft Terrace, Tuesday Comedy Time, and pop-up performances of Georgie The Knight around the town.

The events are all free and no booking is required.

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Grace Wylde, playing Georgie, sits on a stall as she gets measured for Armour by the Armourer, played by Ollie Lynes.
Pop-up performances will take place around the town centre.
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Get energised with our weekly warm ups

Start your Fridays like an actor in the rehearsal room, warming up your body and voice with these interactive sessions in the Garden Theatre. Tickets are £5 each or £15 for a family of up to 6 people.

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Celebrate our new Costume Workshop

Join us for Costume Day on Friday 20 August, as we host a free festival of costume making through the ages in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre.

There will be performances, workshops, exhibitions and activities for people of all ages, in honour of our newly reopened Costume Workshop on Waterside.

About Costume Day

Diners in the Rooftop Restaurant.
Join us for a pre-theatre meal in the Rooftop Restaurant.
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Enjoy the best of British food

Our Rooftop Restaurant is now open and welcoming visitors for pre-show dining ahead of The Comedy of Errors in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre. 

In a rush? Drop in at the Riverside Cafe for takeaway drinks, cakes, sandwiches and snacks from 10am Tuesday-Sunday.

Listen to some live music

On Thursday afternoons, enjoy a drink or an ice cream from the Riverside Cafe as you listen to a free music gig on our Bancroft terrace outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Musicians this month include local artist Levi Washington and acoustic pair Sugar Sweet Duo.

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Banner announcing 2021 Summer School
You can still book for our Summer School later this month.

Sign up for our 74th Summer School

Our week-long Summer School moves online this year, with a programme of talks, sessions with actors, insights and provocations from theatre makers, academics and reviewers, looking specifically at Henry VI, Richard III, and The Comedy of Errors. It includes sessions with: 

  • Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington
  • Academics Professor Michael Dobson and Dr Andy Kesson
  • Actors from the current company as well as Mark Quartley, Katy Stephens, Pippa Nixon, Jonathan Slinger and Aidan McArdle
  • Directors Erica Whyman and Iqbal Khan

Join us for the full week or book a day ticket, and find out more about these plays and our approach to Shakespeare in a changing world.

See the full schedule