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WHAT'S ONLINE

We are temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but you can share our love of Shakespeare online and enjoy our shows, features and other work even while the theatre is closed.

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Plays

The Magician's Elephant
A magician conjures an elephant from the sky, setting off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that it changes life in this quiet and lonely town forever. This brand-new musical for all the family reminds us all that even the impossible can be possible when we open our eyes and hearts to those around us.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
14 October 2021 - 1 January 2022
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 14 October 2021 to 1 January 2022
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty...
Winner of over 90 international awards, including 23 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical continues to delight audiences in London. Matilda began its first UK & Ireland Tour in March 2018.
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London

Cambridge Theatre
BOOKING UNTIL MAY 2021

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London, Other venues
Now showing
Shakespeare Snapshots

Shakespeare Snapshots

William Shakespeare

Join us for a series of free outdoor performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm throughout August. Featuring a mixture of socially-distanced speeches and scenes from Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, these fun, fast-paced, no-frills performances are the perfect re-introduction to live theatre, suitable for Shakespeare enthusiasts, newcomers and Stratford day-trippers.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 1 August to 30 August
The Winter's Tale
Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore. A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.
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UK venues
From 27 January to 27 February 2021
Unwrapped

Unwrapped

Events & Exhibitions

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: The Wars of the Roses
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
27 November 2021
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Unwrapped: The Magician's Elephant
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 December 2021
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 27 November to 4 December 2021
The Wars of the Roses: Part 1
The glorious Henry V is dead. The new King is weak, manipulated by those on his own side and threatened with civil war. Experience the thrill of rebellion, the brutality of battle, the tension of intrigue and ambition without boundaries as Shakespeare’s Henry VI takes you headlong through one of the most turbulent periods of English history.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 September 2021 - 1 January 2022
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 24 September 2021 to 1 January 2022
The Wars of the Roses: Part 2
King Henry VI is weak, manipulated by those on his own side and threatened with civil war. Experience the thrill of rebellion, the brutality of battle, the tension of intrigue and ambition without boundaries as Shakespeare’s Henry VI takes you headlong through one of the most turbulent periods of English history.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 October 2021 - 1 January 2022
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 4 October 2021 to 1 January 2022

Postponed

The Winter's Tale
Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore. A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
POSTPONED
The Comedy of Errors
A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? Do they really want to? The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
POSTPONED
Mischief Festival
A double bill of outlandish plays asking how we stretch and reshape ourselves when things go wrong. Ivy Tiller: Vicar’s Daughter, Squirrel Killer by Bea Roberts and O, Island by Nina Segal.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
POSTPONED
Pericles
Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) to direct Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation located in a familiar world of precarious journeys.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
POSTPONED

Cancelled

The Taming of the Shrew
We turn Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power, directed by Justin Audibert. Due to complete a UK tour, then tour to the US, Tokyo and Seoul - cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Worldwide
CANCELLED
Tartuffe

Tartuffe

MOLIÈRE
A NEW VERSION BY ANIL GUPTA & RICHARD PINTO

Molière’s classic relocates to modern day Birmingham in this version by BAFTA and Emmy-Award winning writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.
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CANCELLED
Europeana
This brand new adaptation of the colourful, satirical Czech novel is a breathless race through the chaotic kaleidoscope of 20th century history. Europeana is a playful investigation of collective memory and our stubborn belief in progress.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
CANCELLED
A Museum In Baghdad
In 1926, the nation of Iraq is in its infancy, and the remarkable British archaeologist Gertrude Bell is founding a museum in Baghdad. In 2006, Ghalia Hussein is attempting to reopen the museum after looting during the war. This new play explores what it means to try and create a nation – and why a country’s treasures matter when people are dying.
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London
CANCELLED
Peer Gynt
Hungry and restless, Peer Gynt is addicted to instant gratification and driven by an increasingly desperate search for meaning. But in a world where identity is commodity and greed is God, what really is the price we pay for individual freedom?
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Stratford-upon-Avon
CANCELLED
Blindness and Seeing
One afternoon, a city’s inhabitants are suddenly overcome by an epidemic of blindness that spares only one woman. A poetic and evocative vision for the future by Nobel Prize winning Portuguese novelist José Saramago, adapted and directed by rising star Tiago Rodrigues.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
CANCELLED

Events

Director Talks

Director Talks

We offer talks with members of each production's creative team. These pre-show, onstage events offer a chance to hear the director and/or writer in conversation, 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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Co-Director Talk:Wars of Roses
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
9 October 2021
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Creative Team Talk: The Magician’s Elephant
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
25 October 2021
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 9 October 2021
Dressing Up Box

Dressing Up Box

Dress-up with a range of special props from the RSC Costume Store. The permanent dressing-up box is based on the ground floor of the theatre and is for all ages.
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Cloakroom, RST, Stratford-upon-Avon
Temporarily Closed
Morton Hall Tulip Festival

Morton Hall Tulip Festival

We are thrilled to host the 2021 Tulip Festival at Morton Hall Gardens. A selection of more than 100 tulip varieties can be admired in borders, pots and as cut flowers, revealing the magic and splendour of this unique flower. Expert advice from Bloms Bulbs, winner of 68 Chelsea Gold Medals will be at hand. Away from the fireworks of tulips, gentle spring planting can be enjoyed in Morton Hall's peaceful woodland gardens. Longer walks lead through the Parkland Meadow where camassias and alliums stand out from a sea of wildflowers. Lunches and teas are served in a garden café inside a large marquee on the East Lawn. A selection of original costumes demonstrating the craftsmanship of the RSC costume department will be on display. All proceeds support costume-making at the RSC.
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Morton Hall Gardens
Redditch
1 - 3 May 2021

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UK venues
Selected dates, next: 1 May 2021
PATRON EVENTS

PATRON EVENTS

Alongside priority booking and more insight, Patrons benefit from access to special behind the scenes events.
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The Wars of the Roses Part 1 - Open Understudy Rehearsal
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
26 October 2021

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The Wars of the Roses Part 2 - Open Understudy Rehearsal
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
5 November 2021

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Patrons' Xmas Party Elephant
The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
3 December 2021

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Henry V Archive Screening
Studio Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 December 2021

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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 26 October 2021
RSC Summer School

RSC Summer School

ABOUT THE SUMMER SCHOOL 2020

We are very sad that we cannot run the Summer School in Stratford-upon-Avon this year, its 73rd year. However, we are planning a short online Summer School programme that will enable you to connect with RSC artists and Shakespeare Institute academics, available to anyone who wants to join us.

The programme will take place for one hour each day between 25 – 27 August 2020. You will be able to access the sessions through a link, which will be sent to all participants the week before the events. The programme aims to provide an insight into the productions that were due to open in 2020 and are now postponed to 2021.
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Live Streaming
Online event
25 August 2020

Booking is now open for Patrons, Members and Subscribers - login or join now to book tickets.

Public Booking opens on 11 Nov

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25 August 2020
Timon of Athens In Conversation

Timon of Athens In Conversation

Timon of Athens In Conversation
Live Streaming
Online event
24 September 2020

Priority Booking opens 10 August 2020

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24 September 2020
Timon of Athens streaming

Timon of Athens streaming

Timon of Athens streaming
Live Streaming
Online event
17 September 2020

Priority Booking opens 10 August 2020

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UK venues
17 September 2020
Unwrapped

Unwrapped

Events & Exhibitions

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: The Wars of the Roses
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
27 November 2021
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Unwrapped: The Magician's Elephant
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 December 2021
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 27 November to 4 December 2021

Tours

Touch Tour

Touch Tour

Touch Tours are offered to visually impaired patrons attending an audio described performance on the same day.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
13 November - 17 December 2021
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates from 13 November 2021

Exhibitions

For all time

For all time

For all time is a major artwork commission for the historic Swan Wing, by Brighton-based artist and designer Steven Follen.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Temporarily closed
My RSC Gallery

My RSC Gallery

Discover the winning entries of the My RSC Gallery art competition hidden in the walls of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, created by schools, RSC staff, actors and members of the public.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Temporarily closed
The Play's The Thing
Temporarily closed

The Play's The Thing

Exhibition

Experience the magic of Shakespeare on stage at our new family friendly exhibition. Full of treasures and jam packed with things to do, The Play’s The Thing reveals the secrets and stories from over 100 years of theatre making in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
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Stratford-upon-Avon
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