This month sees the return of our theatre tours, a fundraiser for Ukraine, and the always popular Patrons' Showcase Day.

Henry VI: Rebellion and Wars of the Roses continue in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Henry VI: Rebellion finishes its run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at the end of the month, while Wars of the Roses continues into early June.

Covering the second and third parts of Henry VI, these plays hurtle through one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Mark Quartley reprises his role as the titular king from his performance in our Henry VI Part 1: Open Rehearsal Project last year, with Arthur Hughes taking on the part of the Duke of Gloucester ahead of starring in Richard III this summer.

A man in armour sits in a wooden throne with bloodied soldiers around him.
Wars of the Roses.
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC Browse and license our images

Join us for a theatre tour

Our theatre tours are now back up and running. Our experienced team of tour guides will lead you on an hour-long journey through the building’s public and behind-the-scenes areas, sharing 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.

Make some room for the soul

Visit the Dell Forest Garden to discover a magical outdoor lounge, alive with the memories of residents of Stratford-upon-Avon. Artist Faye Claridge has worked with volunteers from Forest of Heart’s Green Therapy group to collect memories and co-create an atmosphere of wonder for The Dell.

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A red patterned sofa with plants as cushions under a tree with framed portraits of people that created the artwork.
Room for the Soul.
Photo by Faye Claridge © Faye Claridge Browse and license our images

Discover new volunteering opportunities

Join us in the Avonbank Gardens on Saturday 7 May to find out about the wonderful volunteering opportunities available around Stratford-upon-Avon. Try out some of the activities and talk to current volunteers about how to get involved.

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Book now for a special Ukraine fundraiser

Join us in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Sunday 8 May for a special fundraising event to support those affected by the war in Ukraine.

This one-off evening of words and music aims to show solidarity and support for those affected by the war in Ukraine, with proceeds donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine humanitarian relief effort.

The Orchestra of the Swan will provide the music for the evening, with readings from actors Jim Broadbent, Samuel West and Mogali Masuku.

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Headshots of Mogali Masuku, Jim Broadbent and Samuel West
Fundraiser for Ukraine actors: Mogali Masuku, Jim Broadbent and Samuel West.

Become a Patron

One of our most popular Patrons' events returns this month with the annual Showcase Day on 29 May. This year, the event will take the form of a mini rehearsal project with the opportunity to experience some RSC rehearsal room techniques and sessions on costume, lighting and more.

Patrons will also have the chance to learn more about the work of our Creative Placemaking and Public Programmes team with a special online insight event on 17 May.

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What's online

You can watch our 2022 production of Much Ado About Nothing on iPlayer and listen to our podcasts.

The Interval Drinks podcast sees current RSC artists meeting people who inspire them over an interval drink. The 37 Plays Podcast features playwright Mark Ravenhill discussing two playwriting tips with an invited guest writer and finding out what sparked their interest in writing. Both podcasts are available on a wide range of podcast platforms.