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
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Current events

Saturday 23 September, 10.30am
James Corrigan
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

James Corrigan is one of the busiest Actors in the current company, playing Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Agrippa in Antony & Cleopatra.  He is also collaborating with students from University of Birmingham to put on a production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Dell – in a week!

Many of you will recall his wonderfully moving performance of the St Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V at our reception for Shakespeare’s Birthday so we are very much looking forward to meeting with him again in September.

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Friday 13 October, 4pm
Kim Hartman
Holy Trinity Parish Centre

Currently playing the prostitute Climax in Phil Porter’s hilarious Vice Versa and, at the time of writing this, in rehearsals for Dido, Queen of Carthage in which she will play the Nurse, Kim Hartman is in her debut season for the RSC. She has many theatre and television credits to her name and has also appeared in this summer’s hit film, Dunkirk. Kim is fondly remembered for her role as Helga in all 85 episodes of ‘Allo ‘Allo! We are very pleased that she has agreed to meet us in October and we’ll try to avoid jokes about the ‘fallen Madonna with the big boobies’!

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Thursday 14 December, 11am
Tour of Props Department
Timothy’s Bridge Road

Some of the Friends helped to cut up some ‘confetti’ last year for the production of Dr Faustus – this took place at the Props workshop in Timothy’s Bridge Road and it was suggested at that time that we might like to bring a group of Friends to see the place where a lot of the theatre magic begins. We are indebted to Alison Tanqueray for arranging for us to do this in December, once the final plays of the season are up and running.  If the tour is sold out quickly, we will arrange for another one to take place at noon. Please arrive punctually.

Please note that there are quite a few stairs to climb and no lift. Please do not wear high heels or open toed shoes. Due to space limitations, only one Guest is allowed per Friend.

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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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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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