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

Edward Bennett as Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost 2014
Love's Labour's Lost, 2014
Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC – Image Licensing

What and when

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, London and Newcastle.

Current events


Saturday 23 April 2016, 9.30am
Shakespeare Birthday Reception
The Other Place

In this very special year with so many events taking place in and around the theatre, we are delighted to announce that our reception is going to be held in the upper foyer area of The Other Place – a first opportunity for many of us to enter the space for quite some time. Start the day of festivities with us for birthday cake and Bucks Fizz or tea/coffee before going on to see other events taking place around the town. Please note that there are new arrangements this year for the procession. The representatives of the Friends who will join the main procession have already been agreed, but if you would like to process to the church, gather at the bottom of Bridge Street and not at the Friends’ flag. Parade marshals will be there to form up the second procession which you can join.

Tickets £7.50 Friends/£8.50 Guests (one per Friend)
Booking opens on Thursday 24 March and closes on Tuesday 19 April

Book Tickets

Friday 13 May 2016, 4pm
Rufus Hound
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

Not only is this a special anniversary year for Shakespeare, but it is also the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes, writer of Don Quixote, currently playing in the Swan Theatre.  We are thrilled that one of its leading actors, Rufus Hound, has agreed to speak to us in May. Rufus is very well known as a television presenter, comedian and actor, but this is his debut season with the RSC and we are very much looking forward to meeting him.

Tickets £6 Friends/£7 Guests (one per Friend)
Booking opens on Thursday 24 March and closes at 4pm on Wednesday 11 May

Book Tickets

Saturday 18 June, 10.30am
Ayesha Dharker
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

Ayesha Dharker was last seen in Stratford playing the role of Iago’s wife Emilia in last year’s production of Othello – before that she had been the most beguiling Shahrazad in Dominic Cooke’s Arabian Nights back in 2009.  We are very excited by her return to the RSC, this time to play Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and even more pleased that she has made time in her very hectic schedule (lots of extra rehearsals with the different groups of ‘Mechanicals’) to meet with the Friends.

Tickets £6 Friends/£7 Guests (one per Friend)
Booking opens on Thursday 24 March and closes at 10.30am on Thursday 16 June

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Man's Best Friends - dog walking group

Our regular dog-walking group in Stratford-upon-Avon, 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, 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 £6 for Friends, £7 for guests and £2.50 for guests aged 18 years or under* (unless otherwise stated). *Please note 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. For most events, Friends may only bring one guest.

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

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