The Play's The Thing

Secrets and Stories from

the world’s most famous theatre company

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon with our award-winning interactive exhibition.

  • Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

Open daily in Stratford-upon-Avon from 10.20am

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon. On display are stunning costumes and props from our archives as well as a rare copy of Shakespeare's first folio.

Get hands-on with our interactive exhibits:

  • Director’s ‘desk’ – discover the inspiration behind some of our most acclaimed shows
  • Play Hamlet alongside actor Ewart James Walters, using state-of-the-art gaming technology 
  • Magic Costume Mirror – try on virtual costumes from our collection and take a photo 
  • Discover gory details of theatre-making through the A-Z of Shakespeare’s secrets and stories 

The exhibition starts on the ground floor of the Swan Theatre, by the entrance to the Swan Cafe, and continues up to the floor above.

 

The Play's The Thing will be closed between Thursday 15 November and Friday 30 November as part of a planned changeover. It will re-open on Saturday 1 December with new costumes and props on display.

HLF #thankstoyou week

As a charity that receives generous donations from the Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery players directly support the work we do at the Royal Shakespeare Company. To say a BIG thank you, we are offering free entry to The Play's The Thing .

Present a National Lottery ticket or Scratchcard to the Box Office between 3 and 9 December for free entry for one adult and up to two children*.

*Tickets can be collected at the Box Office in Stratford-upon-Avon on the day of your visit when you present a National Lottery ticket or Scratchcard. Free entry for one adult and up to two children to the exhibition per National Lottery ticket or Scratchcard. The Play's The Thing is open daily from 10.20am.