Stories of magic and music, our First Encounters: Romeo and Juliet tours to Stratford and the north of England, and a unique chance to take over our outdoor stage for a day.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Take a break from a wet winter and soggy spring to see the real and fairy worlds collide on a magical midsummer night in the forest. Mathew Baynton is Bottom in this ‘ravishing fusion flamboyance, surrealism and raucous fun’ (Guardian, 5 stars). Catch it before it ends on 30 March.

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Rosie Sheehy (Puck) standing side-on and centre stage, looking up at red lit-up lanterns. Puck has her arms wide open with palms upwards at head height. Smoke filters from the back of the stage lit in red light.
Rosie Sheehy as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Photo by Pamela Raith © RSC Browse and license our images

Want to explore the production further? Come to A Midsummer Night's Dream Unwrapped, a peek into the rehearsal room, with the Assistant Director and members of the cast looking at moments from the play.

Ben and Imo

In the Swan Theatre this month is the true story of the passionate partnership between two musicians: Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst. Mark Ravenhill’s powerful new play explores the brilliant yet often turbulent working relationship of two of the 20th Century’s greatest musical minds. Playing until 6 April.

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On the left-hand side of a wooden piano stands a man, he holds a musical score in his hands which he reads. Stood opposite him on the other side of the piano is a woman she is talking to the man about the score.
Ben and Imo with Samuel Barnett as Ben and Victoria Yeates as Imo
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC Browse and license our images

First Encounters: Romeo and Juliet tour

This 90-minute version of Romeo and Juliet, edited by Robin Belfield and directed by Philip J Morris, uses original language to create the perfect introduction for young people aged 7-13 and their families. See the show at:

  • The Studio, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 2 March
  • Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, 6-8 March
  • Middlesbrough Theatre, 15 March
  • Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20-30 March

More about the tour

Make a day of it

Come in from the cold and damp and enjoy a 60-minute journey around our buildings. Our guided tours run daily, led by our experienced tour guides, and every tour will be truly unique. 

If you visit from 9 to 17 March, we are giving a free guided tour to anyone with a National Lottery ticket, scratchcard or proof of play online, to say thank you to National Lottery players who help support venues like us.

Follow your tour with a delicious Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea - who can resist an 'iced “Puck” sponge'?

Mother's Day - 10 March

It's not too late to pick up a lovely gift in our bespoke RSC Shop Mother's Day collection, or to book a table in the Rooftop Restaurant. And don't forget we have some of the best cocktails in Stratford-upon-Avon. If you don't believe us, there's a great way for you (and your mum) to find out!

Afternoon Tea in the Rooftop Restaurant
Afternoon tea in the Rooftop Restaurant
Photo by Elin Englund © RSC Browse and license our images

What would you do with our stage for a day?

Are you a dance company that wants to put your work onstage in the great outdoors? A student group running a people’s assembly about something you care about? Maybe your community group has an idea for an interactive game?

We're looking for groups who can bring the Holloway Garden Theatre, in the Swan Gardens, to life in new and exciting ways this summer. Applications close at 9am on 8 March. Find out more about Open Stage 2024.

A Warm, Safe, Inclusive Space

Join us every Tuesday afternoon 2-5pm for our Warm Hub at The Other Place. With free hot drinks and snacks, each week will also include arts and craft workshops for adults and after school activities for children as well as a creative play space, and free WiFi. Children must be accompanied at all times. No need to book, please just come along.

Meanwhile in London...

My Neighbour Totoro

The Barbican bids farewell to our enchanting coming-of-age story on 23 March. Winner of six Olivier Awards and five WhatsOnStage Awards - catch it if you can!

Tickets for Totoro

Matilda the Musical

The multi-award winning musical, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl, tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Matilda tickets

Spring is coming!

Public booking is now open for our 2024/25 season of shows.

Book now for Love's Labour's Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The School for Scandal and Northern Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and for The Buddha of Suburbia, Kyoto and Pericles in the Swan Theatre. You can also get tickets for English playing at The Other Place and the Kiln Theatre, London, for King Lear (in Ukrainian) at The Other Place and for As You Like It in the Holloway Garden Theatre. Watch the season trailer below.

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