The Play's The Thing

The Play's The Thing

Secrets and Stories from

the world’s most famous theatre company

In autumn 2016 we open a major new exhibition celebrating the magic of Shakespeare on stage.

  • Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre


    22 Oct 2016 - 11 Feb 2017

Next performance:

22 October, 10:00AM

Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre

A brand new exhibition full of treasures from our archives and museum collection, including rarely-seen props, exquisite costumes and original set designs.

Discover the secrets and stories from more than 100 years of theatre-making and enjoy hands-on activities and digital interactives to spark your imagination.

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


As part of the Swan Wing redevelopment, on the 23 of April 2016 we reopened the Swan Café Bar which features 20 stories and objects from the RSC Collection. 

The newly restored Swan Café Bar
© RSC – Image Licensing


The refurbishment of the Swan Wing and The Play’s The Thing have 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.