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Plays

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

CHARLES DICKENS
A NEW ADAPTATION BY DAVID EDGAR

David Edgar, one of our greatest living writers, adapts Charles Dickens’ festive tale of redemption and compassion. One of the most loved short stories ever written, in one ghostly Christmas night, cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough?
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 4 February 2018
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The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi

John Webster

In an attempt to prevent the fiercely independent Duchess from marrying the man she loves, her corrupt brothers go on a disturbing quest to destroy her. Remarkable for its inventive and grotesque violence, yet full of dark humour, this violent revenge tragedy asks how anyone can survive in a world where masculinity has become toxic.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
1 March - 3 August 2018
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From 1 March to 3 August 2018
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The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich or The Beau Defeated

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich or The Beau Defeated

Mary Pix

Mrs Rich, a wealthy widow, aspires to rub shoulders with the great and good and perhaps even gain a title. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one after Sir John Roverhead! Mary Pix’s comedy of manners combines mischief-making and mind-bending plot twists with a distinctly female wit. Will Mrs Rich ever squeeze her way into high society?
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 March - 14 June 2018
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From 23 March to 14 June 2018
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Imperium Part I: Conspirator

Imperium Part 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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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 10 February 2018
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Until 10 February 2018
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Imperium Part II: Dictator

Imperium Part 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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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 10 February 2018
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Julius Caesar: First Encounters

Julius Caesar: First Encounters

William Shakespeare

This new version of Julius Caesar is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for 8 -13 year olds. A company of actors have travelled up and down the land performing their stories. Now they’ve arrived in your town to tell a tale of friendship and betrayal. Caesar, Rome’s leader, has returned from war strongerthan ever, but some of his followers
are questioning his power.

The plotting begins...

Part of our First Encounters with Shakespeare series, these engaging adaptations are 90 minutes long, use Shakespeare’s
original language and ask audiences to participate in the story. They are a fantastic first step into Shakespeare for children, families and schools.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
2 - 3 February 2018
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
22 - 24 March 2018
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From 2 February to 24 March 2018
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King Lear

King Lear

William Shakespeare

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age overtakes him, he divides his kingdom amongst his children. Misjudging their loyalty, he finds himself stripped of the trappings of state, wealth and power that had defined him.

Gregory Doran’s critically-acclaimed production returns to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for three weeks only, with Antony Sher reprising his role as King Lear.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 May - 9 June 2018
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From 23 May to 9 June 2018
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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
13 March - 18 September 2018
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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
4 August - 22 September 2018
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From 4 August to 22 September 2018
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Miss Littlewood

Miss Littlewood

Sam Kenyon

Joan Littlewood was the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre. Born into poverty, she raged her way to have a lasting influence on British culture. This new musical of Joan Littlewood’s life story, told with her own uncompromising candour, reveals a mighty love story at its heart.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
22 June - 4 August 2018
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From 22 June to 4 August 2018
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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
21 April - 21 September 2018
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From 21 April to 21 September 2018
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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heart breaking. Twins Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. Christopher Luscombe and the creative team that brought you the beautiful Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 & 2016) return with Shakespeare’s greatest comedy.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 24 February 2018
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Until 24 February 2018
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Events

Audience with Antony Sher

Audience with Antony Sher

Join us in conversation with Antony Sher about his new book, Year of the Mad King, an account of his experience playing King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company, followed by an exclusive book signing.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
7 June 2018
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7 June 2018
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Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group

Take part in our Shakespeare-inspired, stimulating free-flow sessions for young children to play and explore. The creative sessions will be held groups of up to 10 children, who will be encouraged to engage at their own pace. Our practitioners will use an exciting range of multi-sensory experiences, 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)
15 January - 4 June 2018
Baby and Toddler Group (18 months-4 years)
15 January - 4 June 2018
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David Baddiel My Family: Not the Sitcom

David Baddiel My Family: Not the Sitcom

David Baddiel brings his sold-out show to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for one night only. My Family: Not the Sitcom is about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
3 June 2018
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3 June 2018
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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: The Duchess of Malfi
7 March 2018
Director Talk: Macbeth
19 March 2018
Director Talk: Mrs Rich
2 April 2018
Director Talk: Romeo and Juliet
30 April 2018
Director Talk: King Lear
24 May 2018
Writer & Director Talk: Miss Littlewood
2 July 2018
Director Talk: The Merry Wives of Windsor
13 August 2018
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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
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February Half Term Activities

February Half Term Activities

Join us during February half term, for a variety of workshops and activities suitable for all the family.
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Blood Guts and Gore
19 February 2018
Play in a Day: 11-12 years
20 February 2018
Introduce: Macbeth
21 February 2018
Discover: Macbeth
21 February 2018
Voice Workshop
22 February 2018
Craft Day
22 February 2018
Play in a Day: 13-14 years
23 February 2018
Kate’s Storytree at The Other Place
23 February 2018
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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
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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: Tour of Props
14 December 2017
RSC Friends: Twelfth Night Tea Party
6 January 2018
RSC Friends: Phil Davis
12 January 2018
RSC Friends: Michael Cochrane
16 February 2018
RSC Friends: Garrick Club
23 February 2018
RSC Friends: World of the Dresser
3 March 2018
RSC Friends: Renishaw Hall
6 April 2018
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The RSC's Big Backstage W/end

The RSC's Big Backstage W/end

Big Amateur Backstage Weekend is for amateur who are involved in or would like to be involved in the technical or backstage side of theatre making including lighting, sound, design and stage management. Participants will have the opportunity to learn skills, techniques and ideas from the RSC’s highly skilled and experienced team in practical workshops. The weekend also includes a backstage technical tour of our theatres a ticket to The Play’s The Thing our brand new behind the scenes exhibition. Workshops choices include Stage management, Sound, Sound design, basic lighting, advanced lighting, production management, set design and set construction.
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The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
17 - 18 February 2018

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

Public Booking opens on 6 Dec

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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 professional writer Sue Brown.
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
13 January - 17 March 2018
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Twelfth Night Wassail and Ceilidh

Twelfth Night Wassail and Ceilidh

A wassail and ceilidh on the 12th night of Christmas to celebrate our new show.
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Twelfth Night Craft Activities
6 January 2018
Twelfth Night Wassail
6 January 2018
Twelfth Night Ceilidh
6 January 2018
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6 January 2018
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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 Christmas Carol
13 January 2018
Unwrapped: Twelfth Night
3 February 2018
Unwrapped: Mrs Rich
28 April 2018
Unwrapped: Romeo and Juliet
30 June 2018
Unwrapped: Macbeth
7 July 2018
Unwrapped: The Duchess of Malfi
21 July 2018
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Tours

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
Until 31 March 2018
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Curtain Call Tours

Curtain Call Tours

Join us straight after the show for this unique opportunity to absorb the after-show atmosphere of the theatre.

Follow in the footsteps of the actors you’ve just seen on the stage and discover the secrets behind the play. Step through the auditorium and right onto the stage, before journeying into the wings and exiting through the famous Stage Door.
Keep the buzz of the curtain call going as you delve straight into the world of the show you’ve just seen.

The tour lasts 45minutes and departs from the Cloakroom at approximately 10.45pm (subject to show finish times).
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
15 December 2017 - 17 February 2018
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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 18 December 2017
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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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Present your Tour ticket to the Box Office or Shop on the day of your visit and get a ticket for the Tower for just £1
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 31 March 2018
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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: Tour of Props
14 December 2017
RSC Friends: Twelfth Night Tea Party
6 January 2018
RSC Friends: Phil Davis
12 January 2018
RSC Friends: Michael Cochrane
16 February 2018
RSC Friends: Garrick Club
23 February 2018
RSC Friends: World of the Dresser
3 March 2018
RSC Friends: Renishaw Hall
6 April 2018
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Touch Tours

Touch Tours

Touch Tours are offered to visually impaired patrons attending an audio described performance on the same day.
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Touch Tours
12 January - 24 February 2018
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Touch Tours: Stratford
13 April - 22 September 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 25 February 2018
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Exhibitions

Early Graves

Early Graves

Artist Alan Kane has been making drawings for his own tombstone for some time, exploring his mortality with the intent to create something playful out of a difficult subject.

To create this new exhibition, young participants were asked to reflect on how they want to be remembered and chose text and images to be carved on their headstones. The results are both poignant and surprising.
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Paccar Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
FROM 27 OCTOBER 2017 TO 4 FEBRUARY 2018
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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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The Play's The Thing
Open 7 days a week

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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Education

GCSE Conference: Macbeth

GCSE Conference: Macbeth

This day is for Yr 10 and 11 English students who are studying Macbeth for GCSE. The day will start with a page to stage session with actors from the current company in the RST. The rest of the time will be spent in the Clore Learning Centre looking at the relationship between the play text and context, undertaking deep interrogation of structure, language and form and practically exploring the interpretative choices the play offers. Students then stay on to see the evening production.
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Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
22 March 2018
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22 March 2018
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Headteachers' Conference

Headteachers' Conference

We are building a strong evidence base that the dialogic and collaborative approaches employed in the real-world rehearsal processes of a theatre company can have a highly positive impact on confidence and enjoyment in working with Shakespeare, plus wider literacy skills and attributes for learning. We invite you to join our community of practice in Stratford-upon-Avon on 22 June 2018, where you will hear from fellow teacher and senior leaders, young people, education researchers and policy makers.
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
22 June 2018
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22 June 2018
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RSC Summer School

RSC Summer School

This celebrated week-long course delivered by the RSC and the Shakespeare Institute gives you an incredible opportunity to explore the plays of the 2018 Summer Season in depth with leading academics, actors and creative artists.
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The Shakespeare Institute
Stratford-upon-Avon
19 August 2018
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19 August 2018
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Sixth Form Conferences

Sixth Form Conferences

AS and A Level specific days to help your students with their work on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or Macbeth. Students can take part in practical and academic investigations designed to explore the language, structure and interpretive choices of each production.
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Sixth Form Conference: Twelfth Night
19 February 2018
Sixth Form Conference: Macbeth
18 September 2018
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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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Student Insight Session: A Christmas Carol
18 January 2018
Student Insight Session: Twelfth Night
8 - 22 February 2018
Student Insight Session: Macbeth
22 March - 28 June 2018
Student Insight Session: The Duchess of Malfi
25 April 2018
Student Insight Session: Romeo and Juliet
3 May - 21 June 2018
Student Insight Session: King Lear
7 June 2018
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Teaching Shakespeare Foundation Course

Teaching Shakespeare Foundation Course

A course for those new to teaching or new to using RSC rehearsal-based approaches to teach Shakespeare. It will help you acquire the knowledge, confidence and skills to begin using RSC approaches to bring to life Shakespeare’s plays in your classroom. This course is relevant to teachers of all ages and abilities, from early years to A-Level; no prior experience of Shakespeare is necessary.
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Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
29 June 2018
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Teaching Shakespeare Intermediate Course

Teaching Shakespeare Intermediate Course

A 3 day course (2 days; then 1 day) this is the Intermediate course for the Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare. Aimed at teachers with recent experience (within last 5 years) of at least 3 days’ training in RSC approaches (through the Foundation Course or other experience of working with us) it will help extend their repertoire and engagement in the evidence-base underpinning RSC approaches.
Clore Learning Centre
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 March 2018
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23 March 2018
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