From schemings and dealings in love, to the art of negotiating global consensus – June is a hotbed of activity on and off the stage...

June is in bloom, and there's so much afoot in Stratford and beyond! As we say farewell to The Buddha of Suburbia (see it until 1 June) and English departs for London, we welcome the start of our summer season with The Merry Wives of Windsor and Kyoto, as well as a very special King Lear, and a host of Free to See events.

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When an out-of-pocket schemer arrives among the lawns and herbaceous borders of Windsor, he sets about seducing two well-to-do married women. But in this neighbourhood, wives talk. And they’re about to play some tricks of their own...

Director Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble KinsmenAll’s Well That Ends Well) returns to direct Samantha Spiro (Sex Education, Game of Thrones) in Shakespeare's suburban comedy where women get the last laugh.

Want to find out more? Join our pre-show events to dive behind the scenes:

Director Talk11 June, 5.15pm

Unwrapped15 June, 10.15am

The Merry Wives of Windsor plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 5 June to 7 September.

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'It's not a negotiation; it's hand to hand combat.'

From the writers and directors of the universally-acclaimed The Jungle comes this new, timely and fast-paced political thriller placing you right at the heart of the historic 1997 Kyoto climate summit. As the world's powers battle to find common ground in face of seemingly impossible odds, one man is pulling strings to ensure consensus never happens.

Discover more at our Creative Team Talk on 24 June, 5.15pm.

Kyoto plays at the Swan Theatre 18 June to 13 July.

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When Russia invaded Ukraine, thousands of people found refuge in the small town of Uzhhorod in western Ukraine. Local director Vyacheslav Yehorov saw the parallels between the refugees’ experience and the themes of King Lear, and involved them in the creation of his play.

The result is a compelling new production of Shakespeare's tragedy, performed in Ukrainian and threaded through with a haunting sense of loss, reminding us how the works of Shakespeare continue to speak to us all and unite across borders and conflicts.

King Lear plays at The Other Place on 14 and 15 June.


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While there's still a chance to catch Sanaz Toossi's Pulitzer Prize-winning English at The Other Place until 1st June, if you miss it, never fear – from 5 June to 29 June, the play transfers to the Kiln Theatre in London.

Take your seats and marvel at this "masterful drama about language and belonging" (The Times).

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You’ve heard Shakespeare’s version. Now, Shakespeare’s ‘false’ women tell their true story of the Trojan war in this new adaptation of Troilus and Cressida by the MA Shakespeare and Creativity Students from the University of Birmingham.

Narrated by Helen of Troy, it unravels the stories of Shakespeare, Homer, and the Greek myths and Western literary canon creating a modern war tale of prophecy, love, betrayal, and revenge.

Helen / Cressida plays at The Other Place on 7 June.



Did you know you can explore our free exhibitions and the many artworks around our theatre foyers and walkways completely free of charge?

Visit our free exhibition, The Play's The Thing, and discover more than 100 years of theatre-making magic, marvel at Steven Follen's 'Starman' in For All Time, crafted from 2,000 handmade silver stars or explore Our Home, a vibrant mural by Vic Lee, showing the history of our town.

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Enjoy the sunshine as you watch the swans go by from our newly opened Riverside Terrace.

Open daily, tuck into breakfast from 9am, then from 11.30am you can enjoy the all day menu, featuring salads, meze platters, ice cream sundaes and more. 

Or if the heaven's should open, you can always head into our cosy Riverside Cafe - serving teas, coffees and soft drinks, and a wide ranges of cakes and sandwiches from 10am (takeaway from 9am).


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Join award-winning Designer Tom Piper MBE and find out what a designer is, how they work, and what's unique about Design for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

This Discover Day features a mixture of presentation, discussion and Q&A and is perfect for those wanting to find out more about how we bring shows to life on our stages.

Our next in the series, Discover Day: Design at the RSC, is on 22 June 2024

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