As one of our Friends, you can enjoy special exclusive events such as Q&As with RSC actors.

Edward Bennett as Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost 2014
Love's Labour's Lost, 2014
Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC – Image Licensing

What and when

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, London and Newcastle.

Current events

Stephen Brimson Lewis
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Friday 18 November, 4pm

At the time of going on sale, we are eagerly awaiting what has been described as the most technologically advanced production ever staged by the RSC, in collaboration with Intel and in association with The Imaginarium Studios. Who better to talk to us about this exciting performance of The Tempest than its designer, Stephen Brimson Lewis?

We are delighted that Stephen has agreed to meet with us in November.

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Simon Russell Beale
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Friday 30 December, 4pm

Described as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation’, Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC this autumn after 20 years to play Prospero in Gregory Doran’s production of The Tempest and we are honoured that he has agreed to be our guest in December. Simon has an impressive collection of theatrical awards as well as Honorary Doctorates and was awarded the CBE for services to drama in 2003.  He is also known as an author and music historian so there will be plenty to talk about when he meets with us after Christmas.

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New Year Tea Party
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Saturday 7 January, 5pm

In a change from recent years, we are holding our winter social event at the beginning of the New Year and hope that many of you will be able to attend. This is a lovely informal occasion when we can meet together - these tea parties have usually been very popular with members of the acting Company who will be invited to join us. A delicious mix of sandwiches and cakes will be provided and be assured that this will be substantial enough to see you through one of the evening performances should you wish to book to see one on the same day.

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Christopher Luscombe
Stalls Bar, Haymarket Theatre, London
Saturday 14 January, 5.15pm  

The productions of Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (Love’s Labour’s Won) transfer to the Haymarket Theatre in December. These highly successful productions, with their Warwickshire setting in Charlecote Park and beautiful music, were greatly loved in Stratford-upon-Avon and the director Christopher Luscombe spoke to the Friends while the shows were here. We are very pleased that he will do the same for London Friends. This event is timed so that you can attend after the matinee, before the evening performance, between both or just drop in, and still have time to eat! 

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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). *Please note 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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