Our plays regularly tour to the US and are also shown in cinemas across the United States. Find out more and how to support RSC America.

We have a long history with America. There have been actors from Stratford-upon-Avon touring with a Shakespeare play since at least 1913 when the Stratford Players did a 25 city tour of the US. A century later, in 2013, our Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema broadcasts began. We look forward to seeing what the next 100 years hold for our relationship with the audiences of the US.

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The company of Henry V sitting on the floor in period costumes
Our 2015 production of Henry V
Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC – Image Licensing

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran

Our work in America

If, as he crossed London Bridge on his way to the theatre, Shakespeare glanced down into the pool of London he might have seen the many galleons and merchant ships preparing to sail to distant seas dotted with lush green spice islands. The taverns on the quayside would ring with mariners' yarns and tall tales from faraway places. Shakespeare was clearly fascinated by this brave new world, and America was a place of both mystery and endless opportunity.   

Our work with American actors, directors and playwrights has allowed us much more than an exchange of creativity, it allows us to celebrate Shakespeare as a precious shared asset between our two nations. Shakespeare is the English-language playwright and poet. It is this belief in his importance that underpins our commitment to his work, whether that is on stage or in the classroom, here in Stratford-upon-Avon or throughout the world.  

RSC Executive Director Catherine Mallyon

How you can support our work in America

The Royal Shakespeare Company is proud of its long and close relationship with America. 2013 marked 100 years since a Shakespeare acting company from Stratford-upon-Avon first visited American shores. It is a relationship which has continued to develop and over the past 50 years the RSC has visited over 40 US cities and found warm welcomes and made many friends and supporters. We are extremely grateful to RSC America for all their help and support. 

Through the dedicated work of our RSC America Board and US Advisory Council, we have established a core of American donors who make a crucial contribution to the on-going work of the company. Recent donations have directly enabled us to extend our Stand up for Shakespeare schools programme to the US, commission new plays by playwrights from around the world and to continue our Artist Development programme, which gives actors the opportunity to progress their stage skills through diverse training. Our wider range of work in the US includes our partnership with The Ohio State University and the New York Department of Education, which brought our First Encounter production of King Lear to over 1,000 New York City public school students through live performances and was made available to a further 1.1 million New York school children through a production film. 

In April 2013, we opened our production of Matilda The Musical at The Shubert Theater on Broadway with our producing partners, The Dodgers, and it continues to play to packed houses. And of course, each year we welcome thousands of American visitors to our productions and Shakespeare's home here in Stratford-upon-Avon. All our company, whether acting, directing, writing, or working as technical, front of house or administrative staff, collaborate to produce excellent, innovative and moving live theatre experiences and we are so pleased to share this with visitors from America and around the world. 

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