Live performances come back to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as The Magician's Elephant opens this month.

Take your seat in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

From 18 October, we will be welcoming audiences back into our theatre for The Magician's Elephant.

Baltese is a town where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Then one day, a magician conjures an elephant from the sky. The creature’s appearance sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that it changes Baltese forever.

This brand new musical for all the family reminds us that even the impossible can be possible when we open our eyes and hearts to those around us.

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woman working on a giant elephant puppet with a detail from the elephant's face and eye
Our elephant in the making: see it come to life in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this autumn.

Treat yourself to a pre-theatre meal

The Rooftop Restaurant and Riverside Cafe will reopen with the rest of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for The Magician's Elephant.

Looking for a quick snack? Pop into our cafe on the banks of the Avon for a cuppa, sandwich and a piece of cake.

In Stratford for The Magician's Elephant? Book now for the Rooftop Restaurant and enjoy a two- or three-course meal before the show.

Come and see us in London...

Our two London shows continue this month.

The Mirror and the Light is the third and final part of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy and is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre. After his ruthless ascent from the gutters of Putney to the highest rank beside King Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell is vulnerable and his enemies are poised to strike.

Meanwhile at the Cambridge Theatre, our award-winning Matilda The Musical is back on stage. Seen by more than 10 million people worldwide, the show 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.

...and on tour

Now that The Comedy of Errors has finished its run in Stratford's Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, the show hits the road this month.

You can see the production of Shakespeare's fairytale farce at Theatre Royal, Nottingham from 22-24 October, then the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury from 27-30 October.

A man angrily instructing his bewildered servant as another servant intently listens to the conversation
The Comedy of Errors (2021).
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Tune in for our next Director Talk

Join us online at 5pm on Monday 25 October to delve into The Magician's Elephant with Director Sarah Tipple.

These talks are a chance to hear our shows' directors and/or writers in conversation, talking about some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships, this is a fascinating look into the creative process.

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Join us for Patron Events

Every month, our Patrons get access to exclusive events and behind-the-scenes insights into our productions and other work.

In October, this includes an online conversation with Kate DiCamillo, author of the original novel of The Magician's Elephant, and an in-depth look at Love's Labour's Lost, including a chance to watch a streamed version of the play.

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