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 15 September, 11am 
Dresser Event - Rescheduled
Studio Theatre, The Other Place

We were very disappointed when our Dresser event in March had to be cancelled due to weather conditions so we are particularly pleased that it has been possible to re-arrange this. Find out about the world of the backstage quick-change and how the costumes are maintained throughout the life of a production. Hopefully we will have sunshine in September and not snow!


Tuesday 25 September, 11am – 12 noon
Being Dementia Friendly
Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre 

Free, but numbers are limited so booking is essential

Following training for RSC staff and Friends’ Information Desk volunteers, RSC Duty Manager Michael Chakraverty is offering you the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. 

A Dementia Friend learns a little about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - and you get a lovely little badge!  By wearing the badge, you are letting those around you know that you have an understanding of dementia and how it can affect those living with the disease.  Seeing someone sporting the badge can make a big difference, setting people instantly at ease. 

If you would like to attend, please book via Penny Kirkwood or call 01242 581883

Saturday 27 October, 10.30am 
James Jones
Wesley Hall, Stratford Methodist Church*

James (Jim) Jones is one of the longest serving members of the RSC, having been its resident percussionist for 39 years. You will certainly have heard him many times and sometimes will have seen him on stage. Memorable productions include Nicholas Nickleby, Tales from Ovid, Michael Boyd’s Histories, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. This season, Jim is the Composer and Musical Director for Tamburlaine and we are sure he has a wealth of stories to tell about his fascinating career. 

Booking opens Friday 21 September

Friday 16 November, 4pm 
Mark Hadfield
Wesley Hall, Stratford Methodist Church*

Mark is a very familiar presence on RSC stages – his previous work includes Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This season he is performing in Tamburlaine, directed by Michael Boyd. Mark has had a great deal of experience with other companies too and has appeared on film and television (most recently spotted in an episode of Maigret). We are delighted that he has agreed to be our guest in November.

Booking opens Friday 21 September


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Saturday 15 December, 5pm 
Tea Party
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Our informal Tea Party has become a very popular event over the past few years, both with Friends and their guests, and the acting company who join us for delicious cakes and sandwiches between their matinee and evening performances. We look forward to seeing you on this festive occasion.

Booking opens Friday 21 September

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Friday 19 October, 5pm 
Shakespeare by McBean
The Other Place

An exclusive conversation with Adrian Woodhouse and RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to celebrate the publication of a major new book of Angus McBean’s iconic theatre photography.

Angus McBean worked at the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon between 1945-1962. This stunning new book, by Adrian Woodhouse, contains 350 images and covers all of Shakespeare’s plays, together with a chronicle of McBean’s life and career.

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*Due to some new regular bookings at the Parish Centre, our October and November events will 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.

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