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
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC Browse and license our images

Current events

Doors will open 20 minutes before events begin at the Stratford Methodist Church hall. 

Christmas at Susie’s Cafe Bar

Monday 16 December, from 3pm
The Other Place

On the afternoon of Monday 16 December, your three Friends’ organisers, Coreen, Penny and Valerie will be in Susie’s Cafe Bar at The Other Place ready to chat with any Friends who turn up. Take a break from the Christmas shopping, buy a coffee and join us for an informal get-together – it will be lovely to see you and we’ll have more time than we normally have at our usual events to get to know each other.

No need to book, but please let Penny know if you plan to attend

Overnight event to Haworth, Ponden and Shipden

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 April 2020
Depart Saturday 7.45am from Stratford Leisure Centre coach park, return Sunday 6pm
Tickets £210 Friends, £225 Guests. 

This event features a visit to the many refurbishments at Haworth Parsonage, home of the Brontë sisters, including an exclusive time with the principal Curator, and tea at the privately owned Ponden Hall, where the sisters read in the library which contained a First Folio Shakespeare, and is widely reputed to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Our celebratory three-course dinner will feature relevant readings as entertainment and our overnight stay in Halifax will take in a visit to the Piece Hall, known as Yorkshire's most important secular building. We visit Shipden Hall too, home of the famous diarist and feminist Anne Lister. 

Please note that there will be some walking, some cobbled streets and a short steep hill. Waterproof shoes and coats recommended! Book early, limited places.

Once you have booked this event, please email Coreen who will then confirm any additional information requirements, confirm hotel room details, menus etc. 

Tickets £210 Friends, £225 Guests. 

Book tickets by telephone 01789 331125
Booking closes on Saturday 30 November.
Price is inclusive of all meals (except for refreshments at motorway stops), travel, entry fees, accommodation and gratuities.

Dementia Friends

Many RSC staff members have attended sessions designed to make them more aware of the consequences of living with dementia. Last year, one of these sessions was also attended by most of the Friends who volunteer on the Information desk and you will probably note that they now wear a ‘Dementia Friend’ badge whilst on duty. 

We have been offered the opportunity to organise a session for RSC Friends in general. The session lasts for just an hour, would be held during the day and is very helpful and informative. If you are interested, please get in touch with Penny and she will liaise with RSC staff to arrange a date.

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 vkmerlinmews@talktalk.net 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.