Join today from £20 to be among the first to book for our 2024 - 25 season.

Public Booking is now open for the next six shows in the first season from our Co-Artistic Directors Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey, including shows across the festive season.

As well as two of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, this booking period includes a festive Shakespeare treat, a retelling of a classic fairy tale and a story from one of Shakespeare's contemporaries. You will also be able to book for The Two Gentlemen of Verona performed by our Next Generation company.


A pair of hands puppeteering a woman with short blond hair and wearing a dark blazer and knee length skirt

The new Real

By David Edgar
Presented in association with Headlong

At a time of epoch-changing elections on both sides of the Atlantic, Holly Race Roughan (Artistic Director of Headlong) directs The New Real, David Edgar’s epic, panoramic play about how the political fault-line was redrawn. An origin story, for right now.

The Other Place, 3 October - 2 November 2024

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John Douglas Thompson as Othello stood to the left of Will Keen as Iago. They are lit in green light and stood against a dark red background


By William Shakespeare

Othello is at the peak of his powers: not only Venice’s greatest general, but now husband to the noble and beautiful Desdemona. But he does not know that in passing over his servant Iago for promotion, he has created a deadly – and brilliant – enemy. John Douglas Thompson takes the title role opposite Will Keen as Iago.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 11 October - 23 November 2024

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A young child’s hand reaching up from the bottom left to ribbons dangling from a pair of red ballet shoes

The red Shoes

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world, or so they say.

This Christmas, get up close to the magic as playwright Nancy Harris brings Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairy tale into the 21st century in the intimate surroundings of the Swan Theatre.

Swan Theatre, 7 November 2024 - 19 January 2025

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A person and a Christmas tree combined – a pair of hands sticks out from the mid-section of the tree holding a string of Christmas lights and their feet coming out the bottom instead of a trunk

twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Prasanna Puwanarajah returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s bittersweet winter masterpiece: a freewheeling miracle of farce, longing, love and life.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 5 December 2024 - 18 January 2025

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Luke Thallon as Hamlet, lit in a blue light and looking out to the left and stood against a yellow background


By William Shakespeare

Grief can play tricks on the mind, even conjure ghosts. But when Hamlet’s dead father appears to him one night, he signals murder, not madness.

Following their hugely successful recent collaborations on Cold War and Patriots, multi award-winner Rupert Goold, directs Luke Thallon as Hamlet in this new production of Shakespeare’s family saga.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 8 February - 29 March 2025

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Daniel Evans as Edward II embracing and kissing another man, both wearing dark blazers. Daniel also has a royal light blue sash and the man he embraces has gold aiguillette cord associated with military dress uniform

Edward II

By Christopher Marlowe

The King is dead, long live the King. And his boyfriend. When Edward II insists on ruling with the man he loves by his side, the Palace refuses. The establishment conspires to restore the natural order, plunging the country into a civil war and threatening the very existence of the monarchy. Better a dead king than a gay king.

Double Olivier Award-winner and RSC Co-Artistic Director Daniel Evans returns to the stage in Daniel Raggett’s production of Marlowe’s violent and tender play.

Swan Theatre, 21 February - 5 April 2025

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By William Shakespeare
A Next Generation production

A fresh air approach to Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy – where first loves, betrayal and a dog all collide in music and mayhem. This production is created and performed by the RSC Next Generation Act Young Company, made up of 24 young people aged 13-18 from across England. They are supported by behind-the-scenes creatives drawn from our Next Generation Direct and Backstage programmes.

The Holloway Garden Theatre, 22 - 24 August 2024

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Dee Ahluwalia as Karim, wearing a pair of bright blue briefs and doing a head stand with knees bent and feet touching in a yoga-style pose. The background is warm with yellows and golds in a 70s style pattern

The Buddha of Suburbia

A co-production with Wise Children
Based on the novel by Hanif Kureishi
Adapted for the stage by Emma Rice, with Hanif Kureishi

The RSC and Wise Children’s production of The Buddha of Suburbia transfers to London’s Barbican from 22 October for a limited four-week season.

Director Emma Rice brings her unique and joyful style to Hanif Kureishi’s award-winning 1990 novel, exploring family, friends, sex, theatre and, ultimately, belonging, in a production that will you leave you ‘on a rare high’ (Telegraph).

Barbican Theatre, London, 22 October - 16 November 2024

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

Director Eleanor Rhode returns to the RSC with a ‘joyous’ (Times) Dream that is magical, mischievous and full of wonder.

With Mathew Baynton (Ghosts, Horrible Histories) returning as Bottom, this hilarious production of Shakespeare’s captivating comedy will transport audiences from deepest midwinter to the most magical of midsummer nights.

Barbican Theatre, London, 3 December 2024 - 18 January 2025

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Season Supporters: Backstage Trust, Miranda Curtis CMG

Othello is supported by RSC Production Circle Member Peggy Czyzak-Dannenbaum

The Holloway Garden Theatre is generously supported by Charles Holloway OBE

Next Generation’s The Two Gentleman of Verona is supported by the Halabi Thomaz Foundation

The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

New Work at the RSC is generously supported by Hawthornden Foundation and The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust