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 and we look forward to seeing what the next 100 years hold for our relationship with the audiences of the US.

Ariel on the floor looking down with Prospero crouched down over him
Mark Quartley as Ariel and Simon Russell Beale as Prospero in The Tempest currently screening across North America.
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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. 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. Donations in past have enabled us to 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.

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 played to packed houses until it closed in January 2017. 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.  

How you can support our work in America

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