See David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress on stage for the first time in a musical, alongside Shakespeare and two brand new plays in the Swan Theatre.

Public Booking is now open for our exciting next season of plays, opening from September 2019.

The Boy in the Dress will premiere in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in November. This brand new musical based on the best-selling book by David Walliams, is directed by Gregory Doran with script by Mark Ravenhill and all new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.

Our season of plays in the Swan theatre explores contemporary issues of nationhood:

  • King John – Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production directed by Eleanor Rhode.
  • A Museum in Baghdad – Hannah Khalil’s new play explores what it means to try and create a nation and why a country’s treasures matter when people are dying.
  • The Whip – this compelling new play by Juliet Gilkes Romero asks what is the right thing to do, and how much it must cost.

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First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

A new production of The Merchant of Venice for young people, directed and edited by Robin Belfield. The show will tour schools and regional theatres across England. Adobe will co-present the tour which includes a digital learning experience through Adobe Spark and Creative Cloud. 

Live at The RSC: Stand Up Comedy

We bring together some of the biggest names in UK stand-up comedy, in association with Underbelly, as part of a fortnight of live performance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage from 12 to 21 September. We will announce further details of acts soon.

Our Winter 2019 season opens in September, with public booking now open.