The Play's The Thing

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 new permanent exhibition.

  • Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

Now open daily in Stratford-upon-Avon from 10.20am.

Take a magical journey through 100 years of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Discover rarely-seen treasures from our museum and archive: exquisite costumes, amazing model-boxes and weird and wonderful props.

  • 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 
  • Dress up in the dressing room and take the Quick Change Challenge
  • Discover gory details of theatre-making through the A-Z of Shakespeare’s secrets and stories 
  • The story-generator - create quick and fun version of Shakespeare plays
  • Rarely-seen costumes and props from major moments from our history

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 TICKETS

Tickets are available as an annual pass, on request. Valid for 12 months from the date of your first visit.

  • £8.50 adult, £4.25 child. 
  • £4.25 for disabled people - if you require the services of a companion their ticket is also £4.25
  • £5 for 16-25 year olds - not available online
  • Under fives are free.
  • All kids go free on Sundays, and in the Warwickshire school holidays - not available online.

Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day, subject to availability, for general admission or a specific time slot. Tickets are sold online, by phone on 01789 403 493 or from our Box Office in the Colonnade.

Last entry is at 6pm (Monday to Saturday) and 4pm (Sunday).

PLANNED CLOSURE

The Play's The Thing will be closed from Monday 11 to Friday 22 September to bring in some new exhibits, reopening Saturday 23 September at 10am.