RSC America host the 2018 Shakespeare Birthday Gala in New York - Monday 23 April

Join RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Shakespeare’s Birthday for a celebratory dinner securing funds for future RSC tours to the US and recognising Sir Antony Sher, as he brings his King Lear to New York this spring.

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Sir Antony Sher in King Lear 2016
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Sir Antony is known as one of the finest classical actors of his generation. New York audiences may remember his Falstaff in the RSC’s residency of King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016. He played many of the great Shakespearean roles including Iago, Richard III, Shylock, Macbeth, Prospero and now Lear.

The Birthday Gala is a chance to:

  • Dine with the great Shakespearean actors of the future
  • Hear stories of Sir Antony’s career from RSC alumni, as he reminisces with Shakespeare scholar and author Professor James Shapiro
  • Bid for bespoke theatre experiences curated by RSC Associate Artists in a live auction
  • Raise a toast to Shakespeare himself


Includes all Knight’s table benefits plus:

  • RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and guest of honour Sir Antony Sher will be seated at your table
  • Recognition as The King’s Chair on the invitation, programme and menu for the evening
  • Access to purchase reserved tickets for the press performances of the RSC Season in the US:
    - King Lear at BAM on 12 April
    - Hamlet at the Kennedy Center on 2 May
  • A drawing penned by Sir Antony Sher himself on a page from his King Lear script


Includes all Shakespeare ticket benefits plus:

  • 10 places at the dinner with at least 2 members of RSC Company at your table
  • Recognition as a Knight’s Chair on the invitation, programme and menu for the evening
  • A personally dedicated copy of Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries by Sir Antony Sher for the table host
  • Concierge service from the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, for one year: the highest level of priority booking with a personal contact in the Development team, access to tickets for every press performance in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, personalised tours and a programme of insight events and open rehearsals that reveal the art of great theatre-making.



  • One place at the dinner with members of the RSC Company at your table
  • Access to purchase reserved tickets for the RSC season in the US*, which last year sold out months before opening in April:
    King Lear at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York on 21, 22 or 24 April 2018
    Hamlet at the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC on 3, 4 or 6 May 2018
  • A signed copy of Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries by Sir Antony Sher per couple

The Shakespeare Birthday Gala will take place at the New York Public Library on the evening of Monday 23 April 2018.

To reserve places, contact Nicola Clements by email at or call 011 44 1789 412605.

This event is a fundraiser for Royal Shakespeare Company America (RSCA), a US 501(c)(3) charitable organisation to secure future RSC tours to the US.


* performance tickets to subject to availability