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Two brand new events come to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this January.

  • Home Sweet Home, Reimagine Stratford-upon-Avon in miniature and join the town’s smallest suburb, from 25 – 27 January. Free.
  • RSC Nights: The Winter Revel, Revel in live music, dancing, feasting and creativity at our late-night winter party, 26 January. £16 if booked before the New Year, then £18.

Home Sweet Home: Through the Keyhole

Friday 25 January 2019 10am-5pm
Saturday 26 January 2019 10am-4pm
Sunday 27 January 2019 11am-4pm
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Box Office 01789 331111

Become a resident of Stratford-upon-Avon’s smallest suburb with a free upcoming live art installation at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Home Sweet Home celebrates individuality and community by asking people to join them in re-imagining Stratford-upon-Avon in their image.

Flat-packed cardboard houses and plots of land in a miniature Stratford can be built, decorated, and placed around local landmarks, with participants choosing street names and functions of buildings for the community. From schools to night clubs, factories to cinemas, the town will be defined by the people who build it. Individuals, groups and families are all welcome, and the event is suitable for all ages. On the final afternoon there is a street party for neighbours where they can raise a glass and celebrate the formation of their own unique community.

Then, from Friday 8 February, the community becomes an exhibition, telling the stories behind the properties and how the town was built. Guests to the exhibition will be offered the opportunity to submit planning applications to build new buildings or change the use of the existing properties.

Home Sweet Home: Through the Keyhole is conceived and directed by Abigail Conway and Lucy Hayhoe. It runs in the PACCAR Room, second floor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre between 25-27 January 2019, then from 8 February. Open daily from 10am. Free. There are a limited number of properties, so it is recommended to book a ticket in advance. Properties can be made individually, in pairs or in groups.

RSC Nights: The Winter Revel
Saturday 26 January 2019 7.30pm-11pm
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon  
Box Office 01789 331111

Explore the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) after dark and revel in live music, dancing, feasting and creativity at their late-night winter party this January.

The Winter Revel is the RSC’s first ever late-night festival, inspired by themes of transforming identity. Circus acts and pop-up performances will transform the building, with cocktails and international street food on offer until late, and a silent disco taking over the top of the tower.

Revellers will also have a chance to participate in the RSC’s Home Sweet Home live art exhibition, adding their own unique buildings to a cardboard town built by the community.

Inspired by Kimberly Sykes riotous and exhilarating direction of As You Like It, the RSC invites everyone to join them in the New Year and dare to change their state of mind.

RSC Nights: The Winter Revel takes place throughout the RSC building on Saturday 26 January, from 7.30-11pm. Tickets cost £16 if bought in December, and £18 after, and include food.

 Notes to Editors:

For more press information and photos please contact:
Emily Magdij
RSC Press Office
01789 412657, 07920 541729


Abigail Conway is a visual artist and creator of live art. Abigail works with material objects, craft and actions to create playful site-specific installations and immersive encounters for audiences. Her work crosses many disciplines, including; sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance.

Lucy Hayhoe is a live artist making installation based experiences and performances. Her work ranges from intimate encounters to large-scale installations. Hayhoe is interested in collective creation and open structures that encourage social engagement. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2006 where she studied Drama and Theatre Arts and is currently preparing to undertake an MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins in September 2017.  

About Arts Council England

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.

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

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