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Plays

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

CHARLES DICKENS
A NEW ADAPTATION BY DAVID EDGAR

The smash hit of Christmas 2017 returns to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This festive tale of redemption and compassion is one of the most loved short stories ever written, adapted by one of our greatest living writers.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 December 2018 - 20 January 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 4 December 2018 to 20 January 2019
The Comedy of Errors: First Encounters

The Comedy of Errors: First Encounters

William Shakespeare

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors is a twin-tastic 90 minutes of comic confusion and mistaken identity aimed at 7 to 13 year olds, but hugely entertaining whatever your age.
Young performers from across the country join a professional cast in this unique collaboration between the RSC, our Regional Theatre Partners and Associate Schools.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
19 October - 2 November 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 19 October to 2 November 2018
Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Adapted by James Fenton from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote takes up his sword and embarks on a quest of his own. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, his calamitous adventures seem further and further away from his books’ romantic ideal. Cervantes' comic novel is newly adapted for the stage by James Fenton and directed by Angus Jackson.
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Garrick Theatre
London
27 October 2018 - 2 February 2019
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London
From 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019
Finding Joy

Finding Joy

Joy is 83 today: she's feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead?

Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning Finding Joy is about family bonds, facing things together, and looking for the joy wherever it can be found.

Suitable for 12 years up and accessible for hearing and deaf audiences alike.
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
9 - 10 November 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 9 to 10 November 2018
IMPERIUM I: CONSPIRATOR

IMPERIUM I: CONSPIRATOR

BASED ON THE CICERO TRILOGY BY ROBERT HARRIS ADAPTED BY MIKE POULTON

Mike Poulton turns his pen to the thrilling world of power politics in the ancient Rome of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy. Gregory Doran directs Richard McCabe in the epic title role.
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Gielgud Theatre
London
Until 8 September 2018
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London
Until 8 September 2018
IMPERIUM II: DICTATOR

IMPERIUM II: DICTATOR

BASED ON THE CICERO TRILOGY BY ROBERT HARRIS ADAPTED BY MIKE POULTON

Mike Poulton turns his pen to the thrilling world of power politics in the ancient Rome of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy. Gregory Doran directs Richard McCabe in the epic title role.
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Gielgud Theatre
London
Until 8 September 2018
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London
Until 8 September 2018
Macbeth

Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 18 September 2018
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Barbican
London
15 October 2018 - 18 January 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 18 January 2019
Matilda The Musical
Roald Dahl's

Matilda The Musical

Book: Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

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 85 international awards, including 16 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 OCTOBER 2019

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UNTIL AUGUST 2019

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

William Shakespeare

John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 22 September 2018
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Barbican
London
7 December 2018 - 5 January 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 5 January 2019
MISCHIEF FESTIVAL OCTOBER

MISCHIEF FESTIVAL OCTOBER

David Edgar

David Edgar returns to the RSC with a new version of his award-winning 1983 play, Maydays plus three performances of his new one-person show, Trying It On.
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Maydays
Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
27 September - 20 October 2018
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Trying It On
Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
18 - 20 October 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 27 September to 20 October 2018
Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 21 September 2018
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Barbican
London
2 November 2018 - 19 January 2019
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On Tour
Various Venues
From 29 January 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London, On Tour
Until 19 January 2019
Tamburlaine

Tamburlaine

Christopher Marlowe

One of the first big hits of the English stage, Tamburlaine is a portrait of power at its most charismatic and violent. Michael Boyd returns to the RSC for the first time since leaving as Artistic Director in 2012 to direct this ambitious epic.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 1 December 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 1 December 2018
Tartuffe

Tartuffe

MOLIÈRE
A NEW VERSION BY ANIL GUPTA & RICHARD PINTO

Moliere’s classic is brought bang up to date in this brand new version by BAFTA and Emmy-Award winning writers,
Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto (The Office, Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42).

Tartuffe has the gift of the gab. A spirituality. A certain aura about him….that comes only when you’ve got Allah on your side,
hundreds of Twitter followers and access to the family’s bank account.

Watch the lies and deceit unfold in this wickedly hilarious Brummy satire of faith, family and #fakingit.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
7 September 2018 - 23 February 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 7 September 2018 to 23 February 2019
Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens

William Shakespeare

Poignant, funny and bitter, this a rare chance to see Shakespeare's most modern creation: a story of how the world moves from privilege to poverty with heart-breaking speed. Simon Godwin returns to direct Kathryn Hunter as Timon in Shakespeare’s sharp satire on wealth, greed and betrayal.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
7 December 2018 - 22 February 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 7 December 2018 to 22 February 2019
Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

William Shakespeare

Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences. Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
12 October - 17 November 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 12 October to 17 November 2018

Events

Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group

10.15 – 10.55am

Take part in our Shakespeare-inspired, baby sensory sessions. The term will feature a play or theme from Shakespeare and each week will explore different textures, colours and sounds at your child’s pace. Our practitioners will use an exciting range of multi-sensory experiences, including music and dance to encourage exploration and spark imaginations.

Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer.
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Baby and Toddler Group (6 - 18 months)
10 September 2018 - 4 March 2019
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Baby and Toddler Group (18 months – 4 years)
10 September 2018 - 4 March 2019
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Selected dates, next: 10 September 2018
Bright Smoke: Bridget Minamore and Shruti Chauhan

Bright Smoke: Bridget Minamore and Shruti Chauhan

7.30-9.30pm
Join some of the country’s top poets and performers for our free monthly poetry night at The Other Place. Internationally renowned writer, poet and journalist Bridget Minamore will be joined by emerging poet and performer Shutri Chauhan.
FREE, no booking required
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
13 September 2018
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13 September 2018
Bright Smoke: Inua Ellams and Malakaï Sargean

Bright Smoke: Inua Ellams and Malakaï Sargean

7.30-9.30pm
Join some of the country’s top poets and performers for our free monthly poetry night at The Other Place. Inua Ellams, poet, performer and playwright, well known for his sell out production The Barber Shop Chronicles for the National Theatre, will perform alongside emerging artist and alumni of the Barbican Young Poets collective, Malakaï Sargeant.
FREE, no booking required
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
8 November 2018
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8 November 2018
The Dell
Various Theatre Groups

The Dell

Come and enjoy free open air theatre at The Dell, our outdoor stage in Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Every weekend throughout June, July and August, you will find free performances of Shakespeare by professional companies, amateur theatre groups or schools and colleges.
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Much Ado About Nothing, Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group
18 August 2018
This Rough Magic, Shakespeare Live
19 August 2018
Othello and Much Ado About Nothing, BMH Productions
25 August 2018
Titus Andronicus, The Fool’s Men
26 August 2018
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Selected dates, next: 18 August 2018
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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Director Talk: Tamburlaine
22 August 2018
Writer and Director Talk: Tartuffe
17 September 2018
Creative Team Talk: Maydays
1 October 2018
Director Talk: Troilus and Cressida
17 October 2018
Writer & Director Talk: A Christmas Carol
10 December 2018
Director Talk: Timon of Athens
12 December 2018
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Selected dates, next: 22 August 2018
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
All day, every day
Explorer Passes

Explorer Passes

Experience the very best of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Purchase one of our new Explorer Passes and enjoy the stunning views of Shakespeare’s home town from the top of the Tower; take a journey through 100 years of theatre-making secrets at our new exhibition, The Play’s The Thing; and explore the public and private areas of our buildings on a guided Theatre Tour all on one day.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
31 March 2019
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31 March 2019
Live at the RSC: Awake, Arise

Live at the RSC: Awake, Arise

Join us at The Other Place for an evening of festive folk music. Five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists come together for an unmissable one-off collaboration. Awake, Arise celebrates the richness of our winter traditions and the joy music and song brings, even in the darkest of seasons. The line-up comprises award-winning trio Lady Maisery, and the musical partnership of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith.
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
16 December 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
16 December 2018
Live at the RSC: Faustus

Live at the RSC: Faustus

'One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands', Faustus, return to The Other Place for an evening of live music. The line-up brings together Benji Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose and Paul Sartin, three highly accomplished musicians, who between them have performed as part of Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band and the cast of War Horse (National Theatre).
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
17 November 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
17 November 2018
Play Cart

Play Cart

The Play Cart is full of fun activities for all ages to enjoy whilst visiting the theatre. From colouring to making masks, there's a new adventure to be made every time you come.
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Riverside Cafe, RST, Stratford-upon-Avon
All day, every day
Play On

Play On

A new live music night featuring local musicians performing in the foyer of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) studio theatre, The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon. Musicians, singers and songwriters will perform two 45-minute sets primarily of original music and representing a wide variety of genres. Performances will take place on the first Thursday of every month in Susie’s Bar at 7:30pm. Please see the below dates and times for further information.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
6 September 2018
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Selected dates, next: 6 September 2018
Post Show Talk

Post Show Talk

Stay on after the performance for this discussion with members of the acting company. Find out more about the show you’ve just seen and ask the actors your questions.

The Post Show Talk is open to ticket holders for that day’s performance and entry is free with your show ticket. The Talk begins a few minutes after the performance ends, and lasts approx. 30 minutes.

Find out when the Post Show Talks are happening by clicking the Find Out More link.
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RSC Friends Events

RSC Friends Events

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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RSC Friends: Niamh Cusack
17 August 2018
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RSC Friends: Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill
24 August 2018
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RSC Friends: Dresser Event
15 September 2018
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 17 August 2018
Spark Young Writers Group

Spark Young Writers Group

A writing group for young people aged 12 to 16 who are interested in creative writing, from poems and plays to stories or songs. The sessions will be led by prize-winning novelist Amanda Smyth.
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Spark Young Writers Group
8 September 2018 - 16 March 2019
Spark Young Writers Group
13 April - 8 June 2019
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Selected dates, next: 8 September 2018
Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Holiday Activities

Join us during the summer holidays for a variety of workshops and activities suitable for all the family.
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Baby and Toddler 6-18 mths
Until 31 August 2018
Baby and Toddler 18mths-4 yrs
Until 31 August 2018
Play in a Day: 11 - 12
21 August 2018
Discover: Speaking Shakespeare
22 August 2018
Explore: Voice
22 August 2018
Drop-In Craft Workshop
23 August 2018
Introduce: Timon of Athens
28 August 2018
Discover: Timon of Athens
28 August 2018
Blood Guts and Gore
29 August 2018
The Play’s The Thing Drop-In Activity
30 August 2018
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Selected dates, next: 17 August 2018
The Swirl, Free performances on the Bancroft Terrace

The Swirl, Free performances on the Bancroft Terrace

Free performances in our brand new Swirl outdoor theatre, with puppet theatre productions on Saturdays and Give it a Swirl - family-friendly shows inspired by Shakespeare’s plays - every Sunday.
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Hand to Mouth: Flights of Fancy
18 August 2018
Give it a Swirl – Salty
19 August 2018
Theatre of Widdershins: Tales of Three
25 August 2018
Give it a Swirl – What I found in the River
26 August - 2 September 2018
Noisy Oyster: Plain Bob
1 September 2018
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Selected dates, next: 18 August 2018
Theatre and Political Change

Theatre and Political Change

As part of our Mischief Festival, join us for a panel discussion exploring the ways in which theatre and the arts can reflect and effect change. Panellists include Maydays playwright David Edgar. Other speakers will be announced soon.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
6 October 2018
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6 October 2018
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: Tamburlaine
13 October 2018
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Unwrapped: Troilus & Cressida
3 November 2018
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Unwrapped: Tartuffe
10 November 2018
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Unwrapped: Timon of Athens
2 February 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 13 October 2018

Tours

Audition Tour

Audition Tour

Let us show you our best bits!
Take a whistle-stop tour of the RSC and experience the best of 2 of our most popular tours. Starting at TOP, our research and rehearsal hub, travel through the production cycle of a play from the page of a script to a production stage. Peek inside our vast Costume Store and try on some of those used in rehearsals, for the perfect photo opportunity. Your guide will then take you through our gardens to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre where they will divulge the stories behind the public areas and share behind the scenes secrets such as how costumes are made and how effects
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 18 August 2018
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Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

These guided tours explore both the public and private areas of the theatre. You will learn about origins of the RSC and its theatres in Stratford, as well as exploring a production in more depth to learn about the theatre making process.

We have a wide range of tours available including exclusive packages for groups on selected dates throughout the year. Why not combine your group tour with morning coffee, cream tea or a trip up the tower?
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 August 2018 - 3 February 2019
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Available on selected dates
From Page to Stage Tours

From Page to Stage Tours

The Other Place is the RSC’s engine room, home to our new studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and costume store. It's the place we rehearse, perform new writing, and undertake research and development for our new productions.

This fascinating new tour will take you on a journey from page to stage, following our actors and directors from the first day of rehearsals to the first performance. You'll discover how they use costumes and props in rehearsals to inform character development and get to look inside our store of over 30,000 costumes.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 30 August 2018
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Front of House Tours

Front of House Tours

Tour the Front of House areas of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and journey from the beginnings of the theatre in 1879 to the modern day. Hear behind the scenes secrets such as how costumes are made and effects are achieved.

We have a wide range of tours available including exclusive packages for groups on selected dates throughout the year. Why not combine your group tour with morning coffee, cream tea or a trip up the tower?
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
20 August - 6 October 2018
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Touch Tours: Stratford

Touch Tours: Stratford

Touch Tours are offered to visually impaired patrons attending an audio described performance on the same day.
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Touch Tours: Stratford
31 August 2018 - 16 February 2019
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Touch Tours: Barbican
14 November - 18 December 2018
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Tower Visit

Tower Visit

Rising 36 metres above the River Avon, the Tower offers an iconic anchor for our theatres while providing fantastic views of Shakespeare's home town.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 24 February 2019
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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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Every day
MAD KING FAT KNIGHT

MAD KING FAT KNIGHT

For the first time, we are hosting an exhibition of the works of art created by RSC Honorary Associate Artist Antony Sher.

Performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company for over 35 years, Sher has taken inspiration from the rehearsal room and on-stage performances, creating a captivating account of his experiences through compelling artwork.

With large scale oil paintings, drawings and doodles, the display of over 40 works of art offers a fascinating peek into the theatrical process, giving an insight into Sher’s preparation for two of his most memorable roles – Sir John Falstaff (Henry IV) and King Lear.
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PACCAR ROOM, ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE
FROM 19 MAY TO 23 SEPTEMBER 2018
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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