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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

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.

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
Until 1 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 1 June 2024
English

English

BY SANAZ TOOSSI

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 is the European premiere of Sanaz Toossi’s play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2022.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 1 June 2024
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Kiln Theatre.
London
5 - 29 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 29 June 2024
The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

William Shakespeare

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

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.
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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

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.

The result is a compelling new production threaded through
with a haunting sense of loss. King Lear is performed in Ukrainian without surtitles.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
14 - 15 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 14 to 15 June 2024
Kyoto
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH GOOD CHANCE

Kyoto

BY JOE MURPHY AND JOE ROBERTSON
A GOOD CHANCE COMMISSION

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.
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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’

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.
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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

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.
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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.

Every leap, every turn, every heartbeat breathes new life into Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

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

Visit our free exhibition and discover the stories behind the ever-changing world of the RSC.

Take the chance to see a First Folio from 1623, costumes worn by Ian McKellen and Alex Kingston or have a go at our quick change challenge and other interactive exhibits.

Open Daily
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Stratford-upon-Avon
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Discover Days

Discover Days

Discover Days are a chance to meet and find out more about the people who work across the RSC. From the history of our Collection to designing our shows there are a variety of talks and interactive sessions for you to be a part of and even opportunities to have a go yourself. Our Discover Days are perfect for lifelong learners and show audiences alike.
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Discover Day: The Buddha of Suburbia
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
25 May 2024
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Discover Day: Design at the RSC
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
22 June 2024
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Discover Day: Voice & Text
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
14 September 2024
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Discover Day: History & Heritage of the RSC
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 October 2024
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Discover Day
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
12 October 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 18 May 2024
Tweedy's Massive Circus
Join Tweedy for his very own MASSIVE circus. Well kind of.Unfortunately the tent has shrunk and Tweedy hasn’t a clue. Join the much loved star of Giffords Circus for over 15 years as Tweedy and his friends are finally ready to make their very own sophisticated circus show in their own ‘little’ big top. What could possibly go wrong? For ages 3 to 93.
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The Tiny Tent at RSC
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 May - 2 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 24 May 2024
May Half Term Activities

May Half Term Activities

Join us during May Half Term for a range of workshops and activities from storytelling to circus skills.
No experience necessary - suitable for beginners or those looking to improve skills.
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Act Shakespeare (The Tempest) Ages 8 - 11
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
28 May 2024
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Creative Upcycling
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
28 - 31 May 2024
Act Shakespeare (Macbeth) Ages 8 - 11
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
28 May 2024
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Act Shakespeare (The Tempest) Ages 11 - 14
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
29 May 2024
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Act Shakespeare (Macbeth) Ages 11 - 14
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
29 May 2024
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Making Monsters & Mischief Workshop: Masks, Puppets & Performance
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
30 May 2024
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Family Storytelling: The Tempest
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
30 May 2024
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Prop-Making & Performance Workshop: Daggers, Poisons & Other forms of Mayhem
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
30 May 2024
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Circus Skills Workshop: 8+
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
31 May 2024
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Make-Up: Blood, Guts & Gore
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
31 May 2024
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Circus Skills Workshop: 11+
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
31 May 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 28 to 31 May 2024
I, Malvolio

I, Malvolio

I, Malvolio is a charged and often unsettling rant from a man “notoriously wronged”, a man adrift in front of cruel spectators. It’s Twelfth Night told from the loser’s perspective. In a story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, Malvolio draws his audience into the madness of Shakespeare's play and makes it his own.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
30 - 31 May 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 30 May 2024
Helen/Cressida

Helen/Cressida

You’ve heard Shakespeare’s version. Now, Shakespeare’s ‘false’ women tell their true story of the Trojan war. Are you ready to listen?

This new adaptation of Troilus and Cressida, narrated by Helen of Troy, unravels the stories of Shakespeare, Homer, and the Greek myths and Western literary canon. HELEN / CRESSIDA weaves together a modern Trojan war tale of prophecy, love, betrayal, and revenge.

A performance devised, produced and performed by MA Shakespeare and Creativity Students from the University of Birmingham.


The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
7 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
7 June 2024
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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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: 11 June 2024
Introduction to People's Assemblies

Introduction to People's Assemblies

Want to make people-powered change? Ever run an event that has been dominated by a single voice? Do you get frustrated at not reaching a joint decision? Join this interactive workshop with artist and facilitator, Lisa Franklin, and learn how a people’s assembly’s democratic approach can enable you to affect change in your community.
Introduction to People's Assemblies
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
14 June 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
14 June 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: 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: 15 June 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: Daniel Evans
Stratford Methodist Church
Stratford-upon-Avon
28 June 2024

Booking is now open for RSC Friends - login or join now to book tickets..

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In Conversation: Alison Tanqueray
Stratford Methodist Church
Stratford-upon-Avon
5 July 2024

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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 28 June 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 31 July 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Available on selected dates

Learning

Student Insight Sessions

Student Insight Sessions

These pre-show sessions in the theatre invite students to work with members of the Acting Company and Creative Teams to explore how the production has gone from page to stage.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates from 21 November 2024