Richard III continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and free open air performances come to The Dell.

Richard III continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Young Richard of Gloucester uses the chaos of the Wars of the Roses to begin his unscrupulous climb to power. Despite being manifestly unfit to govern, he seizes the crown as King Richard III. But how does he do it?

Richard III is a savagely comic analysis of the exercise of power, reminding us both of the dangers of tyranny and of our duty not to let it go unchecked.

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Arthur Hughes as Richard III, directed by Gregory Doran
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC Browse and license our images

Accessible performances 

We have three assisted performances for Richard III this month, with more later in the play's run:

  • 16 July, 1.15pm - Audio Described
  • 22 July, 7.15pm - Captioned
  • 27 July, 7.15pm - Signed, Post Show Talk, Socially Distanced Areas

To find out more about these performances and how to book, visit our Assisted Performances page.

Free outdoor performances at the Dell

From 2 July until the end of August, there will be free weekend performances in the Dell, situated in Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The shows will be suitable for all ages with running times from 55-90 minutes. Different theatre groups will perform each weekend, with their own takes on Shakespearean plays including Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

No booking is required, and visitors are welcome to bring their own food, chairs or blankets.

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Come and join us for weekend performances at The Dell.
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Everything to Everybody exhibition opens

This free exhibition celebrates one of the UK’s most important cultural assets: the Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library. The exhibition will tell visitors the story of a friendship that led to the creation of the first Shakespeare library in the world. The library is now home to thousands of items of Shakespearean history, including photos, music scores, programmes and playbills.

The exhibition is open every day from 22 July to 5 November 2022 at The Gallery, Level 3, The Library of Birmingham, with no booking required.

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Get involved online

If you want to enjoy our work from home, we have plenty of options for you in July:

  • Our Henry VI Part One rehearsal room performance is available to watch on Vimeo
  • Roy Alexander Weise's 2022 production of Much Ado About Nothing is on BBC iPlayer to catch up with
  • You can join our Richard III Unwrapped event on 23 July both online and in person, as actors and members of the creative team explore the play and the skills that have gone into making it
  • RSC Patrons can get an insight into designing My Neighbour Totoro for the stage with our online event on 14 July

Find inspiration for your writing

As our 37 Plays initiative continues, we have put more resources onto the dedicated website to help you with your writing. 

Listen to our podcast series, hosted by playwright Mark Ravenhill, download our resources packs and, most importantly, get started on your own writing submission for the project.

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