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.

On Sunday 9 September, the doors to The Play's The Thing will be opened for free as part of Heritage Open Days. Pick up your free ticket on the day. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.