The Play's The Thing

The Play's The Thing

Secrets and Stories from

the world’s most famous theatre company

On 22 October, we open our first ever permanent exhibition devoted to the history of staging Shakespeare’s plays.

  • Swan Cafe / Bar, Swan Theatre


    22 Oct 2016 - 12 Feb 2017

Next performance:

22 October, 10:00AM

Swan Cafe / Bar, Swan Theatre

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. Get hands-on and celebrate the creativity behind the scenes.

  • See costumes worn by some of the greatest actors to perform on our stages
  • Generate your own Shakespearean plot
  • Race your friends in the quick-change costume challenge
  • Make Ariel fly
  • Experience what it’s like to play Hamlet on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage
  • Step inside the mind of a director
  • Visit the digital dressing room to try on costumes from our museum collection

Tickets: £8.50 adult, £4.35 child

The Play's the Thing, opens in Stratford-upon-Avon on 22 October 2016.

For more information about the accessibility of the exhibition visit our access pages.


The Play’s The Thing has been made possible through a £2.8 million award from the HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND, with generous support from the GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION, DCMS/WOLFSON MUSEUMS & GALLERIES IMPROVEMENT FUND, THE WOLFSON FOUNDATION and many other generous supporters.