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Monday 17– Friday 21 February 2020

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will have a whole host of exciting activities for young people based around its heart-warming new musical The Boy in the Dress this February Half Term.

Highlights include: 

  • Join Associate Choreographer Carl Harrison and spend the day learning the dance moves to Robbie Williams and Guy Chamber’s songs from The Boy in the Dress

  • Make a dress and eat it too with a biscuit decorating workshop led by the RSC’s own pastry chefs

  • Smash the stereotypes with artist Megan Clark-Bagnell in a day of creative-making that breaks all the rules and celebrates the differences in all of us

Dance Dance Dance Workshop, £10
Discover (8 – 12 year olds), Monday 17 February, 10am – 12pm
Explore (13- 17 year olds), Monday 17 February, 2 – 4pm
Clore Learning Centre
Spend the day learning the dances to our brand-new hit musical The Boy in the Dress in this workshop lead by Associate Choreographer Carl Harrison.

Please wear comfortable clothes that you can easily dance in and bring a bottle of water.

Backstage Discovery Tour, £9 adult £8 child
Monday 17 February, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 18 February, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Friday 20 February, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Meet by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Cloakroom
Suitable for ages 6+
Go behind the scenes of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres before heading to The Other Place where you can try on costumes and make something inspired by your tour.

Discover: Set and Costume Design, £4 adult £3.50 child
Tuesday 18 February, 11am – 12.30pm
Upper Circle Bar
Suitable for ages 8 - 12

Join RSC assistant designers to create your own costume and set design inspired by scenes from The Boy in the Dress.

Introduce: The Boy in the Dress, £3.50 adult £3 child
Tuesday 18 February, 11 – 12pm
Clore Learning Centre
Suitable for ages 4-8

Introduce your child to The Boy in the Dress through games and simple rehearsal techniques.

Biscuit Decorating, £2.50 per biscuit, £4 biscuit and hot drink
Tuesday 18 February, 2 – 4pm
Thursday 20 February, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Susie’s Cafe, The Other Place.
Suitable for all ages
Design and decorate your very own dress shaped biscuit with the help of our pastry chefs. No need to book, simply buy a voucher from Susie’s Bar at The Other Place.


Singing Workshop, £10
8 – 12 year olds - Wednesday 19
th February, 10.30am – 12.30pm
13 – 17 year olds - Wednesday 19
th February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Clore Learning Centre
Come and have fun learning some of the hit songs from The Boy in the Dress with Associate Musical Director Laura Bangay. Discover some of the voice warmups the cast do every night, and then sing your heart out. For young people to attend without their parents or carers.


Smash the Stereotypes
Thursday 20 February, 11am – 4pm
Upper Circle Bar
Suitable for ages 7+

Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?

Join Artist Megan Clark-Bagnall in a day of creative-making that breaks the rules and celebrates you!

The Play’s The Thing, £8.50 adult, £4.25 child
Kids go FREE during Warwickshire summer holidays
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Open all day
Suitable for all ages

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre making in our award-winning interactive exhibition.


Tower and Tours
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Suitable for all ages

Get closer to the world of theatre on a tour and enjoy spectacular views from our Tower.


Family Activity Trail, FREE
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Available all day
Suitable for all ages

Explore our building and discover all the fun things to do. Find our dressing up cabinet, amazing Lego mosaic, big bear, shining stars installation and peep holes mural.

FREE, pick up from leaflet racks in the theatre.


Rules Don’t Apply, FREE
PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Available all day
Suitable for all ages

 An exhibition of making, creating and fun! Inspired by The Boy in the Dress and co-created by artist Megan Clark-Bagnall and young people during October half-term, this lively and fun exhibition is full of activities for all ages.

The RSC is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

The Boy in the Dress is supported by RSC Production Circle members Elizabeth Boissevain and Andrew Jeffreys, Charles Holloway, Ms Teresa Tsai and Kathleen J. Yoh

The redevelopment of the Swan Wing and The Play's The Thing exhibition are generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund


Notes to Editors:

For more information about this press release please contact Emily Magdij on 01789 412657, 07920 541729 or


About Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world.  We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.  

Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage.  All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.  

We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre.  We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online.  Registered charity no. 212481

Arts Council England
 is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


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