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The Dell
Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering amateur and professional theatre groups, schools and colleges the opportunity to put on a play written or inspired by Shakespeare or David Garrick at The Dell, the Company’s open-air performance space on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon, on Saturdays and Sundays throughout June, July and August 2019.

The Dell provides a space for groups to perform an established piece of work, or to create a new one inspired by Shakespeare, and it has already seen over 300 groups perform on its stage since it launched 12 years ago. This year the RSC is also looking for works inspired by the works or performances of David Garrick and his Jubilee. A famous 18th century playwright, director and actor, Garrick also organised the Shakespeare Jubilee in Stratford-upon Avon in 1769. 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of this event, which was instrumental in promoting the town’s vital connection to Shakespeare and developing Stratford as a key destination for visitors.

RSC Events Officer, Alexandra Murphy, said: “With The Dell we have a fantastic platform for all kinds of theatre to perform to an audience of all ages right in the heart of Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. We welcome applications from amateur and professional theatre companies, community groups, schools and universities for their chance to take to our very special outdoor stage. Every year audiences love the free productions and unique atmosphere that talented companies and groups bring to The Dell. There is something very special about performing outdoors by the River Avon.”

Two performance slots are available on Saturdays and Sundays at The Dell between Saturday 1 June and Sunday 1st September 2019.

Those interested in mounting a production should fill in an application form, which can be downloaded from the RSC’s website -

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd February 2019.


For further information, please contact:
Emily Magdij, RSC Press and Communications Officer
01789 412657, 

About Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

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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