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 6 January, 5pm
Twelfth Night Tea Party
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre


What better way to end the Christmas festivities than meeting up with Friends and RSC Company to celebrate Twelfth Night in style? You might even be able to book for one of the performances of Twelfth Night on that very day. These tea parties have proved to be popular in recent years with members of the Acting Company and they will all receive invitations.

This is a very informal event with delicious sandwiches and cakes served in the Upper Circle Bar.  
The sandwiches will include meat, fish and vegetarian options but if you require something which is 
gluten-free, do email Penny when you have booked on pj.kirkwood@btinternet.com.

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Friday 12 January, 4pm
Phil Davis
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Phil Davis has had a very extensive and varied career, as an actor, writer and director. His film credits include Quadrophenia and the award-winning Vera Drake, he has worked at both the Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre and is a very familiar face on our television screens. His television appearances are numerous and include two favourite Sunday evening shows, Sherlock and Poldark. This season Phil is treating us to performances as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He is no stranger to Dickens as you may remember him in the BBC version of Bleak House - ‘Shake me up Judy’!

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Friday 16 February, 4pm
Michael Cochrane
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Michael Cochrane is currently making his RSC debut as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and we are delighted that he is going to meet with us to talk about his long career on stage, film and television. Michael has often portrayed suave, upper class characters (you may remember him in Downton Abbey and the award-winning series The Crown, for instance) and his voice will be instantly recognisable to fans of The Archers in which he plays Oliver Sterling.

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Saturday 3 March, 11am 
The World of the Dresser
Studio Theatre, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon

Wardrobe Technician Holly Hogart and Junior Men’s Costumier David Wood will join us to speak about the world of running wardrobe. Find out about the world of the backstage quick-change and how the costumes are maintained throughout the life of a production.

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Friday 23 February, 9.55am 
Visit to the Garrick Club, London

The Garrick Club is a private members’ club which has the most comprehensive collection of theatrical paintings, drawings and documents in existence. David Garrick organised the first Jubilee in Stratford-upon-Avon, which encouraged theatre here. The Club has also had many famous literary members. Access is only by private guided visit so this is a very special event. Meet outside the Club at 9.55am. Coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please email Coreen on coreenturner@btinternet.comto say you have booked your ticket.

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Friday 6 April
Day Event at Renishaw Hall
Departing from outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8.30am

We will leave Stratford-upon-Avon by coach from outside the theatre and visit the home of the literary Sitwell trio at Renishaw. Osbert, Sacheverell and Edith were active on the literary scene in the early twentieth century. Their home is the beautifully set Renishaw Hall, which has an Italianate garden which won the Historic Houses award in 2015. It is also surrounded by informal gardens and woodland. There is a Museum, and we have a guided tour of the house (which is still lived in by Sitwells) as well as readings from Sitwell works. Price includes return coach fare, all entry fees, coffee and tea on arrival and departure. Lunch available. Please email Coreen after booking on coreenturner@btinternet.com stating if your ticket is as a HHA or RHS member (prices are different – click buy tickets button for more information).

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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 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.

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