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 – Image Licensing

Current events

Booking for these events opens on 3 April.

Shakespeare Birthday Reception
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Saturday 22 April, 9.30am

It’s that time of year again when we meet to commemorate the birth of Shakespeare and to celebrate with birthday cake, Bucks 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 the Friends’ flag being unfurled – a great way to start the day’s festivities. 

We will let you know the position of the Friends’ flag on the day.

Booking closes Tuesday 18 April

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Josette Simon
Holy Trinity Parish Centre
Friday 5 May, 4pm

Josette is an award-winning actor with an impressive career in theatre, television and film.  As well as being awarded an OBE for services to drama in 2000, she has also received an honorary MA from the University of Leicester.

This season she returns to Stratford-upon-Avon – she has numerous previous RSC roles to her credit – to play Cleopatra in Iqbal Khan’s production of Antony & Cleopatra and we eagerly look forward to meeting her in May.

Booking closes on Wednesday 3 May

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Alex Waldmann
Holy Trinity Parish Centre
Friday 9 June, 4pm

You may remember Alex speaking to the Friends jointly with Pippa Nixon when they were appearing as Rosalind and Orlando in As You Like It – this season he has agreed to go it alone and join us during the time when he is playing Brutus in Julius Caesar.  

He has played many roles for the RSC since 2012 as well as performing in other companies so there will be plenty to talk to him about!

Booking closes on Wednesday 7 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 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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