Shakespeare in 2016

The landmark 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare means there are more reasons than ever to visit Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016.

The Play's the Thing

A new exhibition celebrating the magic of Shakespeare on stage, reveals the secrets and stories from over 100 years of theatre making in Stratford-upon-Avon. Full of treasures from our archive and museum collection, including rarely seen props, exquisite costumes and original set designs, the exhibition will also be packed with hands-on activities and digital interactives to spark your imagination. 
Opens October 2016

The Other Place Tour: From Page to Stage

This fascinating new tour will take you on a journey from page to stage, following our actors and directors from the first day of rehearsals to the first performance. You'll discover how we use costumes and props in rehearsal to inform character development, and look inside our store of more than 30,000 costumes.

David Tennant, seated, dressed as a jester in red and green
David Tennant in the 1996 production of As You Like It, which will be featured in The Play's The Thing exhibition.
Photo by Reg Wilson © RSC Browse and license our images

Making Mischief Festival

A festival of dangerous and exciting new plays at The Other Place. We asked our writers ‘What is unsayable in the 21st century?’ Our four Festival headliners respond to this challenge with daring explorations of language, race, gender and life in Britain today.
27 July - 27 August

Shakespeare Steps

A free self-guided tour for families to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous playwright. As you follow the route, you will find footsteps and speech bubbles painted on pavements that work as instructions for acting out a series of miniature dramas.
Until 30 October

Well Said exhibition

Shakespeare's most memorable and inspiring lines selected by famous writers, actors and poets and transformed into beautiful artworks in a free exhibition in the PACCAR Room.
Until 18 September

Shakespeare for young people

We’re offering schools and young people more ways into Shakespeare than ever before. Highlights of the year include:

Shakespeare Lives in Schools: A resource for all UK schools created with the British Council to connect RSC theatre-based approaches to learning with a thematic and cross curricular approach to teaching Shakespeare at KS2 and 3, also available internationally online at the British Council Schools Online site. 

Teaching Shakespeare: We’ve joined the Times Educational Supplement (TES), V&A, British Museum, BFI and Into Film to bring over 400 Shakespeare educational resources together and make them freely available online.

RSC Dream Team 2016: Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream we want schools all over the country to join our ‘Dream Team 2016’ and take part in any way they like – big or small.

RSC Playmaking Festival: As part of Dream Team 2016 in June/July we’re opening our doors to schools everywhere, inviting them to Stratford-upon-Avon to be part of our first schools’ Playmaking Festival.

BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize: We’ve teamed up with BBC Learning to host the first ever live Shakespeare lessons; one for primary and one for secondary schools. We also launched Which Shakespeare Character Are You? a BBC Bitesize interactive game for 7 – 11-year-olds.

Whose Culture? Celebrating 10 years of our Learning and Performance Network, in July we’re hosting a symposium, exploring what it really takes to unlock Shakespeare in primary and secondary schools.

A group of young people wearing black display clenched fists
Photo by Stewart Hemley © RSC Browse and license our images

Shakespeare in 2016 on the web

  • BBC Shakespeare Lives - a six-month online festival available to audiences in the UK and across the globe.
  • Shakespeare Lives - the British Council working with theatres, museums, educators and artists on a global programme of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work.
  • Shakespeare's England - a round-up of what's happening in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, including New Place and Shakespeare's Schoolroom.
  • Shakespeare 400 - a series of performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities in London and elsewhere, run by cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London to celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare.