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

Friday 17 August, 4pm 
Niamh Cusack
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

We are delighted to announce that the current Lady Macbeth, acclaimed actor Niamh Cusack, will be our guest in August. A member of a great theatrical dynasty, Niamh has returned to the RSC this season – her previous work with the Company has included the other iconic female roles of Desdemona, Juliet and Rosalind. We are sure this will be an event to remember – early booking advised.


Friday 24 August, 4pm
Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill 
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

Not one but two speakers for our second event in August. Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill are currently playing the title roles in Romeo and Juliet and we are very pleased that they are meeting with us to discuss this exciting production directed by Erica Whyman. This is Karen’s debut season with the RSC but we have seen Bally previously in Stratford, most recently in Macbeth and Coriolanus.

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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!


Morton Hall Garden Public Open Day
Saturday 30 June and Saturday 11 August
10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Morton Hall Gardens near Inkberrow, Worcestershire, are located on the crest of a steep embankment and combine historic and new features in a collection of nearly 1,000 plant varieties. A broad expanse of parkland directly in front of the house boasts a range of mature specimen trees and spectacular flowers and plants.

The gardens will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays 30 June and 11 August in support of our Stitch In Time Campaign. On arrival, visitors will be given a map to explore the gardens and park at their leisure. We will set up an RSC Garden Café selling hot and cold drinks and a delicious range of freshly baked cakes. The café will be for cash sales only.

Visitor numbers are limited and advance booking is recommended. Free parking is available on site.

Tickets are now on sale and cost £7 per person (under 12s free), or £13 per person to include a drink and cake from the RSC Garden Café. Book online or call your Members’ Ticket Hotline.

Morton Hall Gardens, Morton Hall Lane, B96 6SJ

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Call Out for Volunteers

We are looking for 10 volunteers for a few hours on each date to help look after our visitors, collect any stray rubbish and assist with car parking. All our volunteers' will receive free entry to the gardens before or after your shift, and a drink and cake from the RSC Garden Café. Colleagues from the RSC will manage entry and café sales with a team from Morton Hall leading the car parking. To volunteer, please contact Helen Cave, RSC Head of Stakeholder Events, or 01789 272264.

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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