As Wars of the Roses finishes, Arthur Hughes prepares to take the throne as Richard III.

Richard III opens in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

With just a handful of performances left of Wars of the Roses, attention will soon turn to Gregory Doran's production of Richard III, opening 23 June. 

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.

You can also join us before the 29 June show for our Director Talk to find out more about the show and the creative decisions behind it.

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Watch Henry VI Part One online

Last year, we gave unprecedented access to our rehearsal room as Gregory Doran and Owen Horsley directed Henry VI Part One, with Mark Quartley in the title role. A full run through of the performance was broadcast live, with the production now available to catch up with on Vimeo.

The play marks the beginning of the histories cycle that culminates in Richard III, making this the perfect time to discover this thrilling story.

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RELAXED PERFORMANCE of Matilda The Musical

Following the sold-out success of the previous relaxed performances of Matilda The Musical, the next relaxed performance takes place at the Cambridge Theatre, London on Sunday 19 June at 3pm. Tickets are priced at the reduced rate of £15 - £45. Book online or call LW Theatres on 020 3925 2998. 

The performance will also be captioned and audio described, with an accompanying touch tour. We will release a visual story ahead of the performance.

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Tune in to our Interval Drinks podcast

We recently launched the second series of our Interval Drinks podcast with a fascinating chat between David Tennant and our current Henry VI, Mark Quartley. The show sees RSC artists talking to people who inspire them over an interval drink, with the most recent episode featuring Tinuke Craig meeting RSC director Aaron Parsons to explain what is similar about directing a Sarah Kane play about trauma and a pantomime.

Mark Quartley as Henry VI and David Tennant as Richard II.
Mark Quartley as Henry VI and David Tennant as Richard II.
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Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

From Wednesday 1 - Saturday 4 June, we have a variety of special events. Join us for family workshops in the Dell Forest Garden, at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall for a 'Memories of Her Majesty' exhibition, and in the Bancroft Gardens for a Picnic in the Park.

All events are free, with no booking required.

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The Dell Forest Garden.

Become a Patron

This month, Patrons have the chance to join us online for a Richard III workshop and in person in London for a rhetoric workshop. Plus, enjoy this year's midsummer seasonal screening, A Midsummer Night's Dream, either in person at the Studio Theatre or online.

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Join us for a theatre tour

Book now for one of our daily theatre tours. Join our experienced team of tour guides on an hour-long journey through the building’s public and behind-the-scenes areas, and discover the magic of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

You can also take a trip up the theatre tower for panoramic views of Stratford-upon-Avon and beyond, and stop off at the Riverside Cafe or Rooftop Restaurant for food and drink.