Workshops and Events for Young People

If you are inspired by theatre and all that makes it happen, then we have a lot to offer and take part in.

It doesn't matter what experience you have, our series of workshops will help you delve deeper into Shakespeare and discover more about how we create theatre. 

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Thursday 1 August

Thursday 15 August

10am - 4.45pm


£30 per person including show ticket

Explore: Performance Days

Take part in a 2 hour workshop with an RSC Director before seeing the show itself. After the matinee performance, you will get a chance to meet members of the company and ask them questions about the show.

Plan for the day:

10am - 12 noon: workshop with an RSC Assistant Director
12noon - 12.50pm: Lunch break - please bring a packed lunch
12.50 - 1.15pm: Walk over to the RST (performance tickets will be handed out at this point)
1.15pm - 4pm: Matinee performance
4 - 4.15pm: Quick break
4.15pm - 4.45pm: Q & A with members of the acting company in the Circle Bar

Participants can be collected from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Cloakroom in the main foyer area.

Ticket price includes the show ticket, workshop and Q&A. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water for the workshop. 

As You Like It Performance Day: Thursday 1 August
Arrive for the workshop at The Clore Learning Centre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon

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The Taming of the Shrew Performance Day: Thursday 15 August
Arrive for the workshop at The Other Place, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Thursday 8 August

10am - 12 noon


£10 per person

EXPLORE: Directing 

Join an RSC Assistant Director and learn the skills and techniques that a director would use to transform a script into a play.  Taking scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream, you'll work together on rhythm, character and staging.

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Open Set Changeover

Take your seat in the auditorium to watch our technical teams transform the stage from one play’s set to another in approximately 90 minutes, as our host talks you through the fascinating process. 

Wednesday 7 August, 3pm

Thursday 15 August, 4pm

Tuesday 27 August, 3pm

Please meet by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Cloakroom. 

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£6 per person

Scott Handy demonstrates rehearsal techniques on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.



Explore how to use your voice with a range of exercises and activities to take away with you. Working with an RSC Voice Practitioner and using speeches from Hamlet, you learn about projection, rhythm and how to deliver a speech.

This workshop will take place in the Gatsby Rehearsal Room, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Thursday 22 August

10am - 12 noon


£10 per person


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Explore: Clowning

Discover what makes you funny in this clowning workshop. Take inspiration from The Comedy of Errors with slapstick and double act work.

Exploring physical comedy, character building and nonsense with language through games and excesses specially selected for optimum silliness.


Thursday 29 August

10am - 12 noon


£10 per person


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10.15 - 11.15am


£5 per person

Unwrapped: An onstage demonstration

Join our actors and members of the creative team as they unwrap our plays and demonstrate some of the skills that go into making them.

Our Unwrapped demonstrations offer a peek into the rehearsal room, with the Assistant Director and members of the cast, often our understudies, looking at one or two particular moments from the play. They give an insight into how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with the actors and Assistant Director showing the type of exercises and discussion that took place during rehearsals.

Our next Unwrapped demonstrations are:

  • Saturday 13 July, Provoked Wife
  • Saturday 17 August, Measure for Measure