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

Saturday 21 April, 9.30am
Shakespeare's Birthday Reception
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Celebrate the birth of Shakespeare with cake, Buck's fizz, tea or coffee. There will be readings and a chance to meet up with Friends and Company before watching the procession in the town and seeing Friends' flag being unfurled. We will let you know the position of the Friends' flag on the day so you can make your way to it after the reception and cheer us on. Tickets for Shakespeare's Birthday Reception are not available on the door, so do book as soon as you can.

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Friday 8 June, 4pm
Clarence Smith
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

Clarence Smith is currently reprising his role as Claudius in Simon Godwin's critically acclaimed production of Hamlet, which is currently on tour. He returns to Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer to play Albany in Gregory Doran's King Lear which - like Hamlet - will also have given American audiences the opportunity to see the work of the RSC. Clarence will be able to tell us about these experiences as well as his varied work on other stages, television and film. 

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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.

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