As one of our Friends, you can enjoy special exclusive events such as Q&As with RSC actors.

The RSC Friends enjoy a lively programme of events, including Q&As with actors from the current RSC companies and day trips. Guests at past talks include Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Antony Sher. RSC Friends' events currently take place in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

King Lear is dressed in his finery sitting on his high throne
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Current events

The Garrick Club, London

Tuesday 16 April, 9.55am
15 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9AY

A rare opportunity to visit this historic Club in the heart of London's Theatreand and to see the best collections of theatrical paintings and memorabilia anywhere in the world. The tour starts with coffee in the Club's drawing room and continues for two hours with expert guide Sarah Hughes. Please arrive by 9.55 for 10am start.

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Shakespeare’s Birthday Reception

Saturday 27 April, 9.30am
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

It’s time for gardeners to prune their rosemary so that a sprig can be worn in memory of our beloved poet and playwright! As usual we will start the weekend of celebrations with a reception in the Upper Circle Bar where we will toast Shakespeare with Bucks Fizz, eat birthday cake and listen to readings by members of the acting company. Join us before going into the town to see the procession and the flags – including our own – unfurled.

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Oli Quintrell and Jon Ryan

Saturday 1 June, 10am
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

To thank us for our support of the Company’s work, we have been offered a very interesting event. Oli Quintrell and Jon Ryan are Production Video Technicians at the RSC and will be giving a talk and demonstration on the use of video in theatre.

Video has become an important part of the RSC’s designs over the last few years and the Production Video team are at the forefront of the use of this technology.

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Madresfield Court and Elgar's Birthplace

Saturday 15 June 
Depart 9.15am from outside the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

We visit Elgar's birthplace, accompanied as usual by Clive and Angela Depper, who will provide appropriate readings and background to both Elgar and Madresfield Court with its associations to Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead Revisited. 

Included in the price is return coach transport, coffee and biscuits on arrival at The Firs, a sandwich lunch and the tour of Madresfield. The Firs is a National Trust property, to which members are admitted free ( please bring membership card) and non-members pay £7.40. We arrive back in  Stratford at approximately 5.30pm.


*Due to some new regular bookings at the Parish Centre, our events may take place next door at the Methodist Church. Doors will open 20 minutes before the event begins.

Man's Best Friends - dog walking group

Our regular dog-walking group in Stratford-upon-Avon, meeting on the second 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, a 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.

Booking tickets

You need to be an RSC Friend to book for these events. Tickets for Friends' events are usually £6 for Friends, £7 for guests and £3 for guests aged 18 years or under (unless otherwise stated). We recommend RSC Friends' events are suitable for children aged 12 and above.

Please note guest tickets may only be purchased by current RSC Friends on behalf of their guest.

All profits from Friends' events go towards supporting our programme of activities or towards the cost of equipment required by our departments.