Opened in 1986, the Swan Theatre is a favourite space for many actors, directors and audiences. An intimate theatre, it seats 426 people on three sides of a deep thrust stage.

Our theatres

We're delighted that we have been able to open our new outdoor Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre and we plan to open the Royal Shakespeare Theatre fully this autumn. However, the Swan Theatre and The Other Place both remain closed, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is currently only open for access to the facilities around performance times.

We regularly stage the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries in the Swan Theatre, as well as plays by later writers, such as Restoration playwrights, and new work by today's writers. 

Audience members entering the Swan Theatre
Audience members queuing to go into the Swan Theatre
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The Swan Theatre shares its front of house space with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, with audiences enjoying the same foyer, Box Office, bars and restaurant.

SEATING PLAN

Take a virtual tour of the Swan Theatre

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