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Winter 2019

Plays

Blindness and Seeing
A city’s inhabitants are suddenly overcome by an epidemic of blindness that spares only one woman. She becomes a guide for a small group of strangers in this dark, emotive parable by Nobel Prize winning Portuguese novelist José Saramago, adapted and directed by rising star Tiago Rodrigues, that questions the very nature of democracy.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
1 August - 26 September 2020
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 1 August to 26 September 2020
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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
1 May - 3 October 2020
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 1 May to 3 October 2020
Europeana
Compress 100 years of European history into a fast-paced, eclectic narrative and you have Europeana. This brand new adaptation of the colourful, satirical Czech novel is a breathless race through the chaotic kaleidoscope of 20th century history; a playful investigation of collective memory and our stubborn belief in progress.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
14 May - 25 July 2020
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From 14 May to 25 July 2020
First Encounters
A hilarious story of heartbreak, hoaxes and hidden identities. Our First Encounters give 7-13 year olds a fantastic first experience of Shakespeare and are also brilliant introductions for anyone new to his work. Using edited versions of the original language, they bring his texts to life on stage in just 90 minutes.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 - 26 September 2020
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 24 to 26 September 2020
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
29 October 2020 - 17 January 2021
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From 29 October 2020 to 17 January 2021
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 DECEMBER 2020

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Peer Gynt
Hungry and restless, Peer Gynt is addicted to instant gratification and driven by an increasingly desperate search for meaning. Acclaimed Swiss director Barbara Frey reimagines Ibsen’s epic European myth for the 21st century. This radical adaptation explores the achingly human questions we all grapple with today.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
1 May - 23 September 2020
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From 1 May to 23 September 2020
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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
15 August - 1 October 2020
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From 15 August to 1 October 2020
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
10 October 2020 - 2 January 2021
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 10 October 2020 to 2 January 2021
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
17 October 2020 - 2 January 2021
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From 17 October 2020 to 2 January 2021
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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 May - 2 October 2020
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On Tour
Various Venues
across the UK
27 January - 27 February 2021
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From 11 May 2020 to 27 February 2021

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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Director Talk: The Comedy of Errors
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 May 2020
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Creative Team Talk – Peer Gynt
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
7 May 2020
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Creative Team Talk – Blindness and Seeing
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
10 August 2020
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Director Talk - Pericles
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 August 2020
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Co-Director Talk: The Wars of the Roses
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 October 2020
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Creative Team Talk: The Magician’s Elephant
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
9 November 2020
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Selected dates, next: 4 May 2020
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
May Day at the RSC: The Askew

May Day at the RSC: The Askew

The Askew Sisters headline an evening of live folk music, food and dance in our May Day celebration at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon.
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May Day at the RSC: The Askew Sisters
Studio Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
1 May 2020
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Stratford-upon-Avon
1 May 2020
Morton Hall Open Gardens

Morton Hall Open Gardens

Alongside priority booking and more insight, Patrons benefit from access to special behind the scenes events.
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Morton Hall Open Gardens
Morton Hall Gardens
Redditch
2 - 4 May 2020

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Selected dates, next: 2 May 2020
PATRON EVENTS

PATRON EVENTS

PATRON EVENT – JOIN TODAY

Alongside priority booking and more insight, Patrons benefit from access to special behind the scenes events.
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Morton Hall Evening Recital
Morton Hall Gardens
Redditch
2 May 2020

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The Comedy of Errors Open Understudy Rehearsal
RST Upper Circle Bar, Level 2,
Stratford-upon-Avon
27 May 2020

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Theatre for everyone: An insight into Assisted Performances
Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 June 2020

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Showcase Day
Studio Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
18 July 2020

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Blindness and Seeing Patrons' Drinks
Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
9 September 2020

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Patrons' Evening
The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
18 September 2020

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Open Set Changeover
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
1 October 2020

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The Wars of the Roses: Open Understudy Rehearsal
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
10 November 2020

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Henry V Archive Screening
Studio Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
14 November 2020

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Patrons' Christmas Party
The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 December 2020

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Patrons: Your Year Ahead
Studio Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
9 January 2021

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Selected dates, next: 2 May 2020
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

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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Joseph Kloska
Stratford Methodist Church
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 July 2020

Booking is now open for RSC Friends.

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Stratford-upon-Avon
4 July 2020
Something Wicked: A Halloween Revel

Something Wicked: A Halloween Revel

The theatre is dark but the building is alive. Will you be able to survive the witching hour and last the night? Our popular Revels events return with the haunting Halloween Revel, inspired by our chilling past productions of the cursed Macbeth. With immersive pop-up performances, flash mobs, dancing, cocktail making, an escape room, haunted theatre tours and a sleepless sleepover, the Halloween Revels is a night you won’t forget. Over 18 Years Old ONLY
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Something Wicked: A Halloween Revel
The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
30 - 31 October 2020
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates, next: 30 October 2020
Spark Young Writers Group

Spark Young Writers Group

Spark Young Writers Group
The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
9 May - 13 June 2020

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Public Booking opens on 14 Jun

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Selected dates, next: 9 May 2020
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 – Projekt Europa
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
6 June - 19 September 2020
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Unwrapped – The Comedy of Errors
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
13 June 2020
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Unwrapped – The Winter's Tale
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
4 July 2020
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Unwrapped: The Wars of the Roses
Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
28 November 2020
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Unwrapped: Magician's Elephant
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
5 December 2020
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Selected dates, next: 6 June 2020

Tours

Audition Tours

Audition Tours

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
1 May - 25 August 2020
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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
3 May - 4 October 2020
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Selected dates from 3 May 2020
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
6 May 2020 - 31 March 2021
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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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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
30 May 2020 - 16 January 2021
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected dates from 30 May 2020
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
1 May - 4 October 2020
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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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Stratford-upon-Avon
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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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Stratford-upon-Avon
Every day
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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