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 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.

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Saturday 12 January 2019, 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.

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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.