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Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Winner of over 100 international awards, including 24 for Best Musical, Matilda has been delighting audiences in London’s West End for over a decade.
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Booking until May 2025
My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

Find your spirit with the “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) My Neighbour Totoro, as this five-star, award-winning production returns to London’s Barbican for a strictly limited 18-week season from 21 November 2023.

This “utterly beguiling” (The Stage) staging of the celebrated 1988 animated feature film is brought to you by the RSC and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi, in collaboration with Improbable and Nippon TV, and adapted by Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer).
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Barbican Theatre
London
Until 23 March 2024
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Until 23 March 2024
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

On Midsummer’s Night, the real and fairy worlds collide.

Four young lovers, faced with the prospect of unhappy marriage or worse, flee the court of Athens and stumble into an enchanted forest. Nearby, a group of amateur actors rehearse a play to celebrate an upcoming royal wedding.

As these mere mortals cross paths with a warring fairy King and Queen, chaos reigns in the natural world. The lines between reality and illusion start to blur and no-one but mischievous Puck knows what is true and what is magic.

Let Shakespeare’s captivating comedy transport you from deepest midwinter to the most magical of midsummer nights.
Director Eleanor Rhode (King John) returns to the RSC with a Dream that is both epic and intimate, and completely full of wonder.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 30 March 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 30 March 2024
Ben and Imo

Ben and Imo

Mark Ravenhill

The 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is fast approaching. To mark the occasion, Benjamin Britten has just nine months to write a new opera about her predecessor Elizabeth I.

Into the world of the disheartened composer enters the exuberant and passionate Imogen Holst, daughter of Gustav and an
accomplished musician in her own right. Her candid and can-do attitude proves to be the perfect foil for the capricious and often maddening Britten, and what begins as an arrangement of practical support turns into a bond that not only sees Gloriana to its premiere but endures throughout the rest of their lives.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 6 April 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 6 April 2024
First Encounters: Romeo & Juliet

First Encounters: Romeo & Juliet

William Shakespeare

A gatecrashed party. A chance meeting. Love at first sight.

When Romeo meets Juliet, the world around them melts away. But then reality kicks in; their families are enemies, and they will never be allowed to stay together. With the world against them, they hatch a plan to escape the lives they were born into. But fate has other ideas.

Following the success of last year’s sell out Twelfth Night, the latest in our series of First Encounters productions makes Shakespeare’s star cross’d lovers relevant for a new generation of theatregoers.

This 90-minute version of Romeo and Juliet uses an edited version of the original language to create the perfect first introduction for young people aged 7-13 and their families.

As well as two weeks’ of performances for schools and family audiences in Stratford-upon-Avon, this production also tours to schools and theatres around the country from January to April 2024.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
21 - 30 March 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 21 to 30 March 2024
Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare

‘These are barren tasks, too hard to keep.’

Taking an oath to isolate themselves from the trivial distractions of women and love, four men think a spell of celibacy, study and self-improvement is the key to maxing out their potential. But when a Princess and her three companions arrive on a diplomatic mission, the allure of abstinence begins to evaporate. Something’s got to give…

Bask in the idealism and excesses of youth in this sharp, playful and refreshingly contemporary take on Shakespeare’s vibrant comedy, with
Luke Thompson (Bridgerton, A Little Life) who makes his RSC debut as Berowne.

Emily Burns, Associate Director of National Theatre and of The Bridge, directs in her RSC debut. Other work includes the acclaimed Jack Absolute Flies Again and the forthcoming Dear Octopus both at the National Theatre.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 April - 18 May 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 11 April to 18 May 2024
The Buddha of Suburbia
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH WISE CHILDREN

The Buddha of Suburbia

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY HANIF KUREISHI
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY EMMA RICE,
WITH HANIF KUREISHI

‘My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred. Almost.’

South London in the late seventies. High unemployment, high inflation, food shortages and strikes. But despite the winter of discontent, 17 year-old Karim’s life is about to explode into glorious technicolour as he
navigates a path to enlightenment. Or at the very least, Beckenham.

Hanif Kureishi and Emma Rice adapt Kureishi’s award-winning 1990 novel, which was later turned into an acclaimed TV series. On stage it becomes an irresistible, heart-breaking and joyful exploration of family, friends, sex,
theatre and, ultimately, belonging.

Age guidance 13+
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
18 April - 1 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 18 April to 1 June 2024
English

English

BY SANAZ TOOSSI

‘In this room, we are native speakers. We think in English. We laugh in English. Our inhales, our exhales - we fill our lungs in English.’

A classroom in Iran. Four adult classmates grapple with learning English as a foreign language. As they attempt to perfect their
accents, pronunciation and vocabulary, they realise that there is more to their lives than can ever be uttered through language.

This comic and deeply moving play by Sanaz Toossi won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2022. This is its European premiere.

Playwright and Director Diyan Zora directs. Recent work includes Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles (Chichester) and Tom Fool
(Orange Tree Theatre).

English is presented in association with Kiln Theatre, London and will transfer there in June 2024.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
9 May - 1 June 2024
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Kiln Theatre
London
5 - 29 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
From 9 May to 29 June 2024
The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

William Shakespeare

‘Revenged I will be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings.’

Curtains are twitching and tongues are wagging in this fresh new production of Shakespeare’s suburban comedy.

When an out-of-pocket schemer arrives among the lawns and herbaceous borders of Windsor, he sets about seducing two well-to-do married women. It’s the perfect hustle. Surely one of them will fall for his irresistible charms? But in this neighbourhood, wives talk. And they’re about to play some tricks of their own...

Lies! Jealousy! Dirty laundry! The Merry Wives of Windsor is an uproarious tale of mischief and double-dealing where the women get the last laugh. What goes on at Number 22 is absolutely everybody’s business.

Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble Kinsmen, All’s Well That Ends Well for the RSC, Arabian Nights at Bristol Old Vic) returns to direct.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
5 June - 7 September 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 5 June to 7 September 2024
King Lear
UZHHOROD THEATRE COMPANY

King Lear

William Shakespeare

‘A powerful transformation of society is taking place - we are changing, the world is changing. The Shakespearean spirit has given us the strength to continue, we do not give up.’

When Russia invaded Ukraine, thousands of people found refuge in the small town of Uzhorod in western Ukraine. Local director Vyacheslav Yehorov saw the parallels between the refugees’ experience and the themes of King Lear, and involved them in the creation of his play.

The result is a compelling new production threaded through
with a haunting sense of loss. King Lear is performed in Ukrainian without surtitles.

2 performances only. All tickets £15.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
15 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
15 June 2024
Kyoto
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH GOOD CHANCE

Kyoto

BY JOE MURPHY AND JOE ROBERTSON
A GOOD CHANCE COMMISSION

‘It’s not a negotiation, it’s hand to hand combat.’

11 December 1997. The Kyoto Conference Centre. 5am.

The nations of the world are in deadlock. 11 hours have passed since the UN’s landmark climate conference should have ended. Time is running out. And agreement feels a world away…

Their prize: the world’s first legally binding emissions targets. Their obstacle: American oil lobbyist and master strategist, Don Pearlman.

From the writers and directors of the universally-acclaimed The Jungle comes this timely and fast-paced political thriller placing
you right at the heart of the historic 1997 Kyoto climate summit.

Global in scale and personal at heart, Kyoto is the breathless, gripping tale of a moment when finally, the impossible seemed possible.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
18 June - 13 July 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 18 June to 13 July 2024
The School for Scandal

The School for Scandal

BY RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN

‘There’s no possibility of being witty without a little ill nature.’

After Shakespeare but long before Bridgerton, there was The School for Scandal, Sheridan’s brilliantly biting comedy of manners in five acts. This new production — styled to the nines with period flair — promises an exuberant feast of big wigs and even bigger laughs.

1770s London, where the aristocracy’s morals have plunged lower than the necklines on the women’s gowns. The vicious Lady Sneerwell enjoys ruining reputations for pleasure, and her latest target is the young bachelor Charles Surface - why should this pretentious little rake inherit his uncle’s fortune? Together with Charles’ conniving brother Joseph, Sneerwell orchestrates an elaborate scheme of intrigue and infidelity that’s sure to ruffle all the right feathers — hopefully.

Tinuke Craig, Artistic Associate at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith directs. Recent work includes Jitney (at the Old Vic for Headlong), The Colour Purple (Leicester Curve) and Crave (Chichester).
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
2 July - 6 September 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 2 July to 6 September 2024
As You Like It

As You Like It

William Shakespeare

‘No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved’

You might not expect to meet your true love at a wrestling match, yet that’s exactly where Cupid takes aim at Rosalind and Orlando. But family feuds send them running in different directions.

A forest, several disguises and a lot of love poetry later, will they find their way back to each other? Love at first sight isn’t quite as straightforward as you might think...

Feel the wind through the trees of the Forest of Arden as you enjoy As You Like It in our outdoor venue The Garden Theatre. At just 1 hour 15 minutes long, this edited version is a great first
introduction to Shakespeare, or just a lovely way to see his timeless comedy in the glorious surroundings of the Swan Theatre Gardens.
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The Holloway Garden Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
18 July - 1 September 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 18 July to 1 September 2024
Pericles

Pericles

William Shakespeare

‘O you gods! Why do you make us love your goodly gifts, And snatch them straight away?’

When Prince Pericles solves a riddle set by the King, he knows the answer could get him killed. Fleeing for safety, he finds himself swept away on an epic voyage that will see him battle princes, marry his true love and become a father. But this is also a journey of storms and shipwrecks, abduction and devastating loss. Adrift in an ocean of grief, will Pericles ever see his family again?

Shakespeare’s stirring tale of love, hope and miracles marks the RSC debut of Tamara Harvey, our Co-Artistic Director.

Known for his television work including How to Get Away With Murder as well as his acclaimed stage work including Red, Romeo
in Romeo and Juliet (Globe) and Orlando in As You Like It (Soho Place), award-winning actor Alfred Enoch plays the title role.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
26 July - 21 September 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 26 July to 21 September 2024
Romeo & Juliet
NORTHERN BALLET

Romeo & Juliet

MUSIC BY SERGEI PROKOFIEV

With glorious dancers, eye-catching sets and Prokofiev’s timeless music this is ballet at its most dramatic, romantic and intense.

Adapted by Christopher Gable and Massimo Moricone, Romeo & Juliet is one of Northern Ballet’s most beloved and critically acclaimed productions. Every leap, every turn, every heartbeat
breathes new life into Shakespeare’s masterpiece and invites you to rediscover the iconic love story like it’s the very first time.

Don’t miss this chance to see ballet on our main stage for the first time in decades.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
19 - 28 September 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 19 to 28 September 2024

Events

The Play's The Thing

The Play's The Thing

Free exhibition.

Step inside and let your imagination fly as you discover over 100 years of theatre-making magic.

Containing items from the RSC Collection, one of the most significant Shakespeare and theatre collections in the world, and curated in collaboration with three Stratford-based community organisations (GAGA Yarn Bombers, Welcome Here, and second-year fashion students at Stratford-upon-Avon College) our free The Play's The Thing exhibition offers a unique insights into the history of theatre-making in Stratford-upon-Avon, viewed through a contemporary lens. No booking required.
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Director Talks

Director Talks

We offer talks with members of each production's creative team, revealing some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships this is a fascinating insight into the creative process.
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Creative Team Talk: Ben and Imo
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
28 February 2024
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Director Talk: Love's Labour's Lost
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
17 April 2024
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Creative Team Talk: The Buddha of Suburbia
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
29 April 2024
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Creative Team Talk: English
The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
14 May 2024
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Director Talk: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 June 2024
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Creative Team Talk: Kyoto
The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 June 2024
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Director Talk: The School for Scandal
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
8 July 2024
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Director Talk: Pericles
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
6 August 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 28 February 2024
Poirot and More, A Retrospective

Poirot and More, A Retrospective

Poirot and More, A Retrospective looks back fondly at David’s illustrious career, bringing to life some of his most beloved characters and performances to an intimate audience. Geoffrey Wansell, journalist, broadcaster, biographer and co-author of Poirot and Me, also joins David as interviewer in this unmistakably unique event. Remember and experience live some of David’s most acclaimed characters and performances and join us in conversation with the actor behind the characters that have delighted audiences on stage and screen over a career spanning five decades.

Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes including an interval
Poirot and More, A Retrospective
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
3 March 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
3 March 2024
A Midsummer Night's Dream Live

A Midsummer Night's Dream Live

A Midsummers Night Dream Live Lesson

Weds 14th March 10.30am -11.10am

A 40min FREE online lesson, exploring how RSC directors and actors approach key scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This Live Lesson is aimed at KS2 and 3 students and will give an insight to the story and characters of a Midsummers Night’s Dream through exploring the current productions staging and performance choices. Students will see a director work with actors from the production on key scenes as well as be able to take part in activities in their classroom. A great insight for students into the play and the process actors take when working on Shakespeare’s text.
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14 March 2024
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ONLINE
22 March 2024
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Online
Selected dates, next: 14 March 2024
PATRON EVENTS

PATRON EVENTS

PATRON EVENT – JOIN TODAY

Our Patrons are invited to a range of exciting events where they can learn more about the RSC's creative processes, our ground breaking education work and how their support directly impacts the RSC and our communities.
Patrons: Your Year Ahead
Stratford-upon-Avon
15 March 2024

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Seasonal Streaming: Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing) (2014)
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19 April 2024

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Patrons' Afternoon Tea
Stratford-upon-Avon
20 April 2024

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Behind the Scenes: The Buddha of Suburbia
Stratford-upon-Avon
31 May 2024

Join as a Patron and help to support our work and receive a range of benefits including exclusive Patron events, priority booking ahead of the public and regular behind-the-scenes updates.

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Patron.

If you are a Patron please login to access the Patrons’ Room and book your events

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Bronze Patrons on 1 Jan

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Showcase Day
Stratford-upon-Avon
8 June 2024

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Showcase Day: Member Session
Stratford-upon-Avon
8 June 2024

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Patrons' Drinks: Kyoto
Stratford-upon-Avon
20 June 2024

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Patrons’ Drinks: The School for Scandal
Stratford-upon-Avon
5 July 2024

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Open Set Changeover: The School for Scandal to The Merry Wives of Windsor
Stratford-upon-Avon
20 July 2024

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Patrons' Summer Party: Pericles
Stratford-upon-Avon
16 August 2024

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Seasonal Streaming: Othello
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6 September 2024

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Selected dates, next: 15 March 2024
RSC Friends Events

RSC Friends Events

FRIENDS EVENTS – JOIN TODAY

Join the RSC Friends for access to special events including Q&As with actors and directors, and overnight literary-themed trips, plus festive gatherings and celebrations to mark Shakespeare’s Birthday, and opportunities to volunteer and fundraise.
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In Conversation: Mathew Baynton
Stratford Methodist Church
Stratford-upon-Avon
15 March 2024

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Reception for Shakespeare's Birthday
RST Upper Circle Bar, Level 2,
Stratford-upon-Avon
20 April 2024

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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 15 March 2024
Unwrapped

Unwrapped

Our Unwrapped demonstrations offer a peek into the rehearsal room, with the Assistant Director and members of the cast, often our understudies, looking at one or two particular moments from the play. They give an insight into how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with the actors and Assistant Director showing the type of exercises and discussion that took place during rehearsals.
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Unwrapped: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 March 2024
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Unwrapped: Love's Labour's Lost
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 May 2024
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Unwrapped: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
15 June 2024
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Unwrapped: Pericles
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
7 September 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 23 March 2024
Morton Hall

Morton Hall

In spring 2024 Morton Hall Gardens opens its gates to visitors for its annual Tulip Festival. Over 100 tulip varieties can be admired in borders, pots and as cut flowers, revealing the magic and splendour of this unique flower.
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Morton Hall Tulip Festival
Morton Hall Gardens
Redditch
4 - 6 May 2024
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Morton Hall Gardens Tours
Morton Hall Gardens
Redditch
4 - 6 May 2024
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Redditch
Selected dates, next: 4 May 2024
77th RSC Summer School

77th RSC Summer School

The 77th RSC Summer School will run from 12 - 16 August 2024 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover more about Shakespeare's plays, the 24/25 Season and the work of the RSC during a week of talks and workshops with actors, creatives and leading academics. All educators, theatre lovers and Shakespeare enthusiasts are welcome.
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77th RSC Summer School
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
12 August 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
12 August 2024

Tours

Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Guided tours will run daily and every 60 minute tour will include an element of the building that is not otherwise accessible to the public. Where possible, our guided tours will for the first time include access to our newly developed Costume Workshop.*

Tickets cost £13.50. Up to 4 children go half price with every full price paying adult.

For Group bookings, please contact the Box Office on 01789 331111 (Monday - Friday, midday - 6pm excluding bank holidays)

*We will make every effort to include access to the auditorium or costume workshop areas as part of the tour, however please note that as a working theatre company routes may change due to other activity taking place and so this cannot always be guaranteed.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 30 March 2024
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Selected dates from 22 February 2024
Touch Tour: Dream

Touch Tour: Dream

Touch Tours are offered to visually impaired patrons attending an audio described performance on the same day.
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1 - 28 March 2024
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1 May - 12 September 2024
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Touch Tour Insight Talk

Touch Tour Insight Talk

26 - 28 September 2024
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Selected dates from 26 September 2024

Podcasts

Interval Drinks Podcast
Join us for a G&T or your tipple of choice for our podcast series as current RSC artists talk to the people who inspire them.
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The 37 Plays Podcast
Playwright Mark Ravenhill discusses playwriting tips with a different guest writer for each episode, and finds out what sparked their interest in writing. Part of 37 Plays, a new national playwriting project led by the RSC and our partner theatres.
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