Shakespeare's Birthday Reception - Buy tickets
Saturday 25 April, 9.30am
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Once again it's time for us to celebrate William's birthday with toasts, readings and, of course, cake! Please join us in the Upper Circle Bar to start the weekend of special events in Stratford. There will be plenty of time to gather at the Friends' flag afterwards – do wear a sprig of rosemary if you can.

Tickets: £7.50/£8.50 Guests (one per Friend)
Booking closes at 9.30am on 21 April

Harriet Walter - Buy tickets
Saturday 2 May, 10.30am
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

Harriet Walter has performed extensively on stage and screen and has been an Associate Artist of the RSC since 1987. This season she returns to play the part of Linda Loman in Gregory Doran's production of Death of a Salesman and we are thrilled that she has accepted our invitation to speak to the Friends on the day of the final performance in Stratford-upon-Avon. There will be plenty to talk about – Harriet is also a writer and has a keen interest in photography (see her book 'Facing It – Reflections on Images of Older Women').

Tickets: £6 Friends/£7 Guests (one per Friend)/£2.50 under 18s and RSC Key Members
Booking closes at 10.30am on 30 April

Chawton House Library and Jane Austen Museum - Buy tickets
Friday 12 June
Depart from RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon 8.15 am,
return approx. 5.30pm

Chawton House Library, near Alton in Hampshire, was the home of Jane Austen's brother, Edward Austen Knight. It is now beautifully restored, with a collection of women's fiction from 1600-1830. Not open to the general public, the house, gardens and the church are a rare treat, and RSC Friends will also be shown theatrical portraits on the tour. In the afternoon we will visit Jane Austen's house in the village of Chawton, where she wrote many of her works.

The ticket price includes all transport by minibus, entrance, refreshments and tour of Chawton House and entrance to Jane Austen Museum, but does not include lunch. Please note this trip will involve stairs, uneven floors and some walking.

If we do not get the number required to make this trip viable, a full refund will be made to ticket bookers. We would like to run more events like this, to places connected with writers inspired by Shakespeare. Please be bold and make this pilot event a success!

Tickets: £45 Friends/£48 Guests
Booking closes at 10am on 21 April

Matthew Kelly - Buy tickets
Friday 19 June, 4pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

Matthew Kelly is very well known as a television presenter and participant in all kinds of entertainment on our screens and has also had a distinguished career on stage, including Of Mice and Men for which he received a Laurence Olivier award for Best Actor in 2004. We are delighted that he is now making his RSC debut as part of the Swan Company this summer and even more delighted that he has agreed to come and speak to the Friends.

Tickets: £6 Friends/£7 Guests (one per Friend)/£2.50 under 18s and RSC Key Members
Booking closes at 4pm on 17 June

Man's Best Friends
Our dog walk will resume on 15 April and continue until 21 October, meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. Gather outside the Butterfly Farm gates at 10am, and take routes to suit you and your dog ending at the theatre for coffee outside. Or just meet us for coffee at 10.45am – everyone is welcome!

RSC Friends' Discussion Group
Viv Graver, an RSC Friend based in Stratford-upon-Avon has established an informal discussion group in response to the season's plays. If you would be interested in joining the group please email her at and she will let you know when and where the next meeting will be taking place.


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