Royal Shakespeare Company

RSC logo.pngTo celebrate Shakespeare400, the Royal Shakespeare Company put on a number of performances, live broadcasts and events that brought the bard to the world. Highlights were: a new play for the nation, a tour to China, and an exhibition in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon that revealed 100 years of theatre-making secrets.  


The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing celebrated the magic of Shakespeare on stage, revealing secrets and stories from over 100 years of theatre making in Stratford-upon-Avon. The exhibition was full of treasures from the RSC archive and museum collection and included rarely seen props, exquisite costumes and original set designs. There were also hands-on activities and digital interactives to go along with the exhibition.

Laurence Olivier played Coriolanus in 1959, the production was directed by Peter Hall and designed by Riette Struge Moore and Boris Aronson. Photo by Gina Print @ RSC

The Other Place Tour: From Page to Stage

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The RSC took audiences on a journey from page to stage, allowing them to follow actors and directors from the first day of a rehearsal to the first performance. Audiences were able to look inside the RSC's store of more than 30,000 costumes to discover how costumes and props are used in rehearsals to inform character development.

Making Mischief Festival

The RSC's The Other Place held 'Making Mischief', a month-long festival that featured two new plays from RSC writers who focused on the question: ‘What is unsayable in the 21st century?’ and responded with daring explorations of language, race, gender and life in Britain today.


Shakespeare Steps

A free self-guided tour gave families an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the bard.

Well said exhibition

Shakespeare's most memorable and inspiring lines were selected by famous writers, actors and poets and transformed into beautiful artworks in a free exhibition.

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