Skip to main content Skip to site map (in footer)

Royal Shakespeare Company *

The Royal Shakespeare Company is the world's leading classical theatre company. It is committed to presenting Shakespeare in a vibrant and living context and developing new writing alongside classical works. The company will be redeveloping its base in Stratford over the coming years.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £15,675,270
  • 2013-2014: £16,035,801
  • 2014-2015: £16,466,778

Video feed

Meet the actors - Antony Sher | Henry IV part I | Royal Shakespeare Company

DescriptionAntony Sher talks about the playing Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV Part I. Henry IV Parts I and II play at the Royal Shakespeare Company until the 6 September 2014 and then on tour until 24 January 2015. Find out more about the productions at http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-i/ and http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-ii/ The productions are also being broadcast live to cinema's worldwide on 14 May 2014 and 18 June 2014 respectively with further encore broadcasts. To find your nearest cinema go to http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/cinemas-and-tickets/

Meet the actors - Alex Hassell | Henry IV part I | Royal Shakespeare Company

Alex Hassell, who plays Prince Hal in Henry IV Part I and II, introduces his character and describes this complex 'superhuman' prince, who would one day become King Henry V. Henry IV Parts I and II play at the Royal Shakespeare Company until the 6 September 2014 and then on tour until 24 January 2015. Find out more about the productions at http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-i/ and http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-ii/ The productions are also being broadcast live to cinema's worldwide on 14 May 2014 and 18 June 2014 respectively with further encore broadcasts. To find your nearest cinema go to http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/cinemas-and-tickets/

Exploring the character of Moll Cutpurse | The Roaring Girl | Royal Shakespeare Company

Actress Lisa Dillon and director Jo Davies on the character of Moll Cutpurse; Mary Frith, who the play is based on.

The character of Alice Arden | Arden of Faversham | Royal Shakespeare Company

Sharon Small explores the character of Alice Arden and director Polly Findlay talks about her experience directing this classic play.

Show 21 more videos

What the audience thinks | Henry IV Part II | Royal Shakespeare Company

We asked audiences for their reviews of Henry IV Part II. Henry IV Part II plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon until 6 September before a UK tour and performances at London's Barbican. The production will also be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on 18 June 2014

Meet the actors - Antony Sher | Henry IV part I | Royal Shakespeare Company

Antony Sher talks about the playing Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV Part I. Henry IV Parts I and II play at the Royal Shakespeare Company until the 6 September 2014 and then on tour until 24 January 2015. Find out more about the productions at http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-i/ and http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-ii/ The productions are also being broadcast live to cinema's worldwide on 14 May 2014 and 18 June 2014 respectively with further encore broadcasts. To find your nearest cinema go to http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/cinemas-and-tickets/

Trailer | The Roaring Girl | Royal Shakespeare Company

Watch the trailer for The Roaring Girl. Playing in the Swan Theatre from 9 April - 30 September, The Roaring Girl is an anarchic city comedy with the quick-witted, cross-dressing Moll Cutpurse. Governess of the 17th Century London underworld. Jo Davies directs Lisa Dillon as the notorious Moll. To find out more visit http://www.rsc.org.uk/roaring

Gregory Doran's introduction to Part II | Henry IV Part II | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-ii/ Gregory Doran introduces Part II by exploring the language and imagery of the play.

What the audience thinks | Henry IV Part I | Royal Shakespeare Company

Audience reactions to Henry IV Part I, currently playing in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Henry IV Part I plays in Stratford-upon-Avon until 6 September, before a UK tour and performances at London's Barbican. The production will also be broadcast live to cinemas on 14 May. For more information visit http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-i/

Gregory Doran on Bolingbroke | Henry IV Part I | Royal Shakespeare Company

Gregory Doran speaks about the character of King Henry IV and his relationship with his son Prince Hal.

Broadoak College third year project | Learning and Performance Network | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/how-our-work-makes-a-difference/learning-and-performance-network.aspx Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College joined the Learning and Performance Network in 2010. In the third year of the project they worked with six local schools to explore Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet through film. This short film shows edited highlights and interviews from their completed film which was screened in the Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare on 23rd May 2013. http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/how-our-work-makes-a-difference/learning-and-performance-network.aspx

Trailer | Henry IV Parts I & II | Royal Shakespeare Company

Watch the trailer for Henry IV Parts I & II. Richard is dead. Henry is King. But England is not at peace. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 18 March - 6 September, followed by a UK tour and performances at London's Barbican from November 2014. Both plays will also be broadcast live to cinemas as part of Live from Stratford-upon-Avon. Henry IV Part I will be broadcast on 14 May, Henry IV Part II will be broadcast on 18 June. To find out more visit http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/henry-iv-part-i/

Regional Schools Celebration | Learning and Performance Network | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/how-our-work-makes-a-difference/learning-and-performance-network.aspx This short film features teachers and students from schools who have been involved in our Learning and Performance Network project (LPN). It includes footage of activities that make up Year 2 of the LPN and interviews with some of the people who have been a part of the programme. The film was created to be shown at the Regional Schools Celebration on 4 and 5 July 2011 in The Swan Theatre, at which twelve LPN schools performed their unique responses to King Lear and Hamlet. http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/how-our-work-makes-a-difference/learning-and-performance-network.aspx

A Journey with Shakespeare | Learning and Performance Network | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/how-our-work-makes-a-difference/learning-and-performance-network.aspx This five minute film charts the remarkable journey with Shakespeare of a class of 15 year olds from Queensbridge Performing and Visual Arts College in Birmingham as part of the RSC's national schools programme, The Learning and Performance Network. The film is a behind-the-scenes record of the impact on the students, their teacher and parents as they first encounter Shakespeare and The Winter's Tale, rehearse an extract for a local Shakespeare festival involving 5 other schools and then perform it on the stage of our Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It shows the impact on young people of making a deep connection to Shakespeare. Filmed and edited by Eelyn Lee Productions Ltd http://www.rsc.org.uk/education/how-our-work-makes-a-difference/learning-and-performance-network.aspx

Why are we doing this? | First Encounter: The Taming Of The Shrew | Royal Shakespeare Company

Meet director Michael Fentiman (and his cow), actors Katy Stephens and Forbes Masson and company stage manager Julia Wade ... they're just some of the people bringing our First Encounter: The Taming Of The Shrew production to young people in schools and theatres in England and the US. Why are they doing this show especially for young people? Find out in the film. http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/first-encounter-taming-of-the-shrew/

Gregory Doran introduces the RSC's new season | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/ A new season of moving and also funny plays that celebrate our role as a Company who create work by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and our contemporaries on an epic scale, but who also remain proudly rooted in the community of our Warwickshire home. http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/

Erica Whyman introduces the RSC's new season | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/ Deputy artistic director Erica Whyman introduces the RSC's new season for September 2014 - March 2015 and the Midsummer Mischief festival for summer 2014. A new season of moving and also funny plays that celebrate our role as a Company who create work by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and our contemporaries on an epic scale, but who also remain proudly rooted in the community of our Warwickshire home. http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/

Interview with Christopher Luscombe | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/ Director Christopher Luscombe introduces his productions of Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing). These Shakespearean comedies will play as a double-bill in The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Both plays will be also be broadcast live to cinemas and streamed free to schools. They will also share a setting based on a splendid country house just before and just after the First World War, designed by Simon Higlett. Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry will play the lovers in both productions. http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/

Erica Whyman and Phil Porter introduce the Christmas Truce | Royal Shakespeare Company

http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/ The Christmas Truce, a new play by Phil Porter, is based on real events in the First World War and draws strongly on Warwickshire history. It will be directed by Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman. It draws on true stories of soldiers in the Warwickshire Regiment and in particular, the experiences of local cartoonist, Bruce Bairnsfather, who worked at the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as an electrical engineer, and whose famous comic creation 'Old Bill' was hugely popular with the troops. http://www.rsc.org.uk/new-season/

What the audience thinks | Wolf Hall | Royal Shakespeare Company

'Every bit of it was wonderful' The audience of Wolf Hall says what they thought of the show. Our production of Wolf Hall, a new dramatization of Hilary mantel's novel by Mike Poulton, plays in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon until 29 March 2014. http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/wolf-hall/

What the audience thinks | Bring Up the Bodies | Royal Shakespeare Company

'I thought it was absolutely excellent' The audience of Bring Up the Bodies says what they thought of the show. Our production of Bring Up the Bodies, a new dramatization of Hilary Mantel's novel by Mike Poulton, plays in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon until 29 March 2014. http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/bring-up-the-bodies/

Open Stages Directors' Weekend | Royal Shakespeare Company

Find out what happened when directors from the RSC's Open Stages project came to Stratford-upon-Avon for the weekend to meet each other and share ideas. Open Stages is our project engaging with amateur theatre makers. Over the next two years we will be working with seven partner professional theatres to support 100 amateur theatre companies across the UK to produce their own RSC Open Stages Shakespeare production. The support includes • skills sharing events • workshops • master classes with RSC practitioners • director mentoring and showcases The amateur companies involved will be performing their productions between April 2014 and April 2015. http://www.rsc.org.uk/explore/projects/open-stages/

Learning to play the lute | Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies | Royal Shakespeare Company

Joey Batey, the actor who plays the young musician Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, is learning to play the lute. He let us film one of his lessons with RSC musician and company band member Nick Lee. Read more about Joey's journey to become Mark Smeaton at his blog on the RSC website: http://www.rsc.org.uk/explore/blogs/by/joey-batey/ http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/wolf-hall/

Trailer | Wendy & Peter Pan | Royal Shakespeare Company

The new trailer for Wendy & Peter Pan, by Ella Hickson and adapted from the novel by JM Barrie, which is now playing in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon until 2 March.

Arts Council England is not responsible for the social media content on this organisation's page

Contact details

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Southern Lane
Stratford-Upon-Avon
CV37 6BB

52.18877, -1.70548

  • 52.18877 -1.70548

View all National portfolio organisation and Major partner museums on our interactive map

Seen something out of date?
Tell us enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk