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Upcoming Events for Artists Circle Members

From discussions with RSC leadership, creatives and company, to double-bill weekends - enjoy these exclusive events in Stratford-upon-Avon and London to meet our closest supporters and gain a deeper insight into our work. Production Circle, Season Supporters and Major Gift Supporters are invited to join Artists Circle events.

REHEARSAL INSIGHT: THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA

Wednesday 27 March, 4-6pm, Clapham Rehearsal Rooms, London, free

Join Director Emma Rice in the rehearsal room and immerse yourself in the development of this co-production with Wise Children.

SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

Thursday 18 - Sunday 21 April, London and Stratford-upon-Avon, £945 / $1,200 per person

Performance tickets, return private bus travel between London and Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday morning and Sunday lunchtime, all meals, drinks receptions, theatre programmes, expert talks, and two nights' hotel accommodation in The Arden are included in the purchase price.

Book for the full weekend or select your highlights.

Join us in Stratford-upon-Avon and London for the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Weekend celebrations - a unique and specially curated weekend of activities to celebrate Shakespeare. Enjoy a weekend of performances, time spent with artists and creatives and special events.

Thursday 18 April

Begin your weekend in London with us watching a specially selected theatre performance with pre-show dinner at a select restaurant. We will be joined by an RSC creative offering an insight into the production you're about to watch. The RSC team will then host a nightcap following the performance.

Friday 19 April

Travel by luxury minibus to Stratford-upon-Avon and check into The Arden, a 4-star boutique hotel located just steps away from the RSC theatres.

On arrival, enjoy afternoon tea in the RSC's Rooftop Restaurant, followed by expert-led insights into Love's Labour's Lost and The Buddha of Suburbia. In the evening, as a close friend of the Company and to thank you for your support, you are invited to the highlight of the RSC year, the Artistic Directors' Celebration. Co-Artistic Directors Tamara Harvey and Daniel Evans will host their inaugural celebration, reflecting on the organisation they have inherited and the Company they want to create under their guardianship. You will be joined by RSC leadership and Board, creatives and Associate Artists for drinks, dinner and entertainment.

Saturday 20 April

Start the Birthday Celebrations by raising a glass to Shakespeare at the RSC Friends' annual toast before joining RSC leadership in the community parade to lay flowers of remembrance on Shakespeare's grave at Holy Trinity Church.

Enjoy a light lunch at The Arden Hotel before a matinee of Love's Labour's Lost in the RST. Dinner will be served in the RSC Rooftop Restaurant between performances, where you will be joined by fellow supporters, actors and directors. The day is rounded off with a Preview performance of The Buddha of Suburbia in the Swan Theatre.

Sunday 21 April

Join us for a service of remembrance at Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was baptised and buried. RSC actors will perform as part of a church service which is open to all visitors to the town.

You will then have the option to be transported back to London at midday.

MORTON HALL TULIP FESTIVAL

Saturday 4 - Monday 6 May, 10am - 5pm, Morton Hall Gardens, Redditch, £15

Enjoy a day in a beautiful garden and support costume-making at the RSC as Morton Hall Gardens welcomes visitors for its annual Tulip Festival. More than 100 tulip varieties can be admired in borders, pots and three cut flower marquees, revealing the magic and splendour of the queen of the spring flowers. All ticket sales support our costume-making, and original costumes will be on display showcasing the incredible skills of the RSC costume team. 

Artists Circle supporters can enjoy free guided tours on Saturday at 11am and 2pm, and on Monday at 11am.

LUNCH WITH KYOTO WRITERS

Thursday 23 May, 1-2.30pm, Oxford House, London, free

Meet writers Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy to hear how they are turning the landmark 1997 climate conference into a political thriller.

REHEARSAL INSIGHT: AS YOU LIKE IT

Wednesday 3 July, 4-6pm, Clapham Rehearsal Rooms, London, free

An opportunity to observe Director Brendan O'Hea in the rehearsal room for this new production of As You Like It.

SCHOOLS ON STAGE AND PERICLES REHEARSAL OBSERVATION

Tuesday 9 July, 2pm- late, Stratford-upon-Avon, Playmaking performance and rehearsal are free, The School for Scandal tickets from £70

Pre-show reception from 2pm, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Playmaking performance 3-4.30pm, RST

Pericles rehearsal insight 4.45-6pm, Ashcroft Room

Press: The School for Scandal 6pm- late, RST

Students at our partner schools from all over the country perform live on our main stage in this special and heart-warming showcase of their work with us over the last year. A member of the Learning Team will introduce the work at the pre-show reception and share how your support has brought these young people together. Afterwards, join our Co-Artistic Director Tamara Harvey in the Pericles rehearsal room for an exclusive insight into the development of the production, her first for the RSC. This is followed by the press night of The School for Scandal, including pre-show reception, interval drinks and post-show party.

NEXT GENERATION ACT: THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

Saturday 24 August, 1pm, The Holloway Garden Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Our Learning team will meet you before a performance by our Next Generation Act company, to share details of our youth talent development programme.

VISIT CUNARD’S QUEEN MARY 2

Wednesday 11 September, Queen Mary 2, Southampton, free

Join us aboard the Queen Mary 2 to celebrate the partnership between Cunard and the RSC, and enjoy a performance of Cunard's exclusive production Boundless as the Sea.

ARTISTS CIRCLE DOUBLE SHOW DAY

Saturday 21 September, 1.15pm - late, Stratford-upon-Avon, tickets from £65, dinner included

Join fellow Artists Circle members for a double bill of shows, starting with a matinee of Northern Ballet's Romeo & Juliet in the RST, followed by dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant with RSC leadership and artists before the last performance of Pericles in the Swan Theatre, which is Co-Artistic Director Tamara Harvey's directing debut for the RSC.

Actor availability and rehearsal opportunities are scheduled with every intention to proceed as stated. As freelance professionals and a working theatre, availability may change at the last minute.

Press Nights

Press night attendance is available to Artists Circle Members and Major Supporters with the purchase of a performance ticket. In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, we will welcome you to pre-show and interval drinks. In the Swan Theatre and The Other Place, there will be interval drinks only, and in The Holloway Garden Theatre there will be pre-show drinks only. London press nights will include pre-show receptions and interval drinks. New for this season, members of the Artists Circle are invited to attend the after-show party for all press nights. 

  • BEN AND IMO

    Thursday 29 February 2024, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

    Thursday 18 April, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA

    Tuesday 30 April, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • ENGLISH

    Wednesday 15 May, The Other Place, Studio Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Thursday 6 June, Kiln Theatre, London

  • THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

    Wednesday 12 June, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • KYOTO

    Tuesday 25 June, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL

    Tuesday 9 July, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • AS YOU LIKE IT

    Wednesday 24 July, The Holloway Garden Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • PERICLES

    Wednesday 7 August, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Upcoming Patrons' events

Our Artist Circle members and Major Supporters are also welcome to attend Patrons events throughout the year, including the Patron's Summer and Christmas Parties. Events can be booked online or by contacting a member of the Major Giving team.

  • Patrons’ Drinks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • PATRONS: YOUR YEAR AHEAD

  • Seasonal Streaming: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) (2014)

  • Patrons’ Afternoon Tea

  • Interval Drinks: Love’s Labour’s Lost

  • MORTON HALL TULIP FESTIVAL AND PATRONS’ TOURS

  • Benefactors’ Circle Insight: RSC Collection and Community

  • Behind the Scenes: The Buddha of Suburbia

  • Showcase Day

  • PATRONS' DRINKS: KYOTO

  • PATRONS' DRINKS: THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL

  • Open Set Changeover: The School for Scandal to The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Patrons’ Summer Party: Pericles

  • Seasonal Streaming: Othello (2015)

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