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The Dell
Saturdays and Sundays throughout Summer 2020

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering amateur and semi-professional theatre groups, schools and colleges the opportunity to put on a play written or inspired by Shakespeare 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 Summer 2020.

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.

RSC Events Officer, Alexandra Murphy, said: “There’s something very special about performing outside in the heart of Shakespeare’s hometown. The Dell is a fantastic platform for bringing new interpretations of Shakespeare’s work to an audience of all ages, right on the banks of the River Avon. Every year audiences fall in love with the free productions and unique atmosphere that the talented amateur and semi-professional groups and companies bring to the RSC.

The RSC is a diverse and inclusive organisation, accessible, welcoming and truly representative of the population of the UK. It encourages applications from acting companies whose members have previously been under-represented within The Dell programming.

Two performance slots are available on Saturdays and Sundays at The Dell throughout July and August 2020.

Those interested in mounting a production should download The Dell 2020 Guidance Notes and Application Form, which are available from the RSC’s website

The closing date for applications is Monday 24 February 2020.


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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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