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Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre Tours

Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre Tours include an introduction to the colourful history of the company, an insight into the two theatres and a look at aspects of current productions.

As the Royal Shakespeare Company performs in a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include the opportunity to see backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or the Swan Theatre.

The backstage section of the tour offers a wonderful glimpse behind the scenes at one of the busiest theatres in the world. With the theatres always full of activity, tours will vary according to the access available on the day (so it won't always possible to visit the auditorium if the technical crew are setting up there).

Royal Shakespeare Company Address:
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Courtyard Theatre
Southern Lane
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6BB
England, UK

Royal Shakespeare Company Opening Times:
Tours run up twice daily at 1.30 pm (11.30am on matinee days) and 5.30pm Monday - Friday, with an 11.30am tour on Saturday and tours at 12.00pm and 1.00pm on Sundays.
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and cost £5.00 (£4.00 for concessions or groups of ten or more).

Advanced booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. To book, please call +44 (0)844 800 1114 or you can book online.
 
The RSC and the Swan Theatre
Opened in 1986, the Swan Theatre is architecturally connected to the back of its older counterpart and shares the same box office, address, and phone number. It seats 425 on three sides of the stage, as in an Elizabethan playhouse. The Swan presents a repertoire of about five plays each season, with tickets ranging from £10.00 to £36.00 ($19.00-$68.00). The Swan is a smaller and more intimate space than the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and stages plays by other distinguished playwrights, not just the Bard. Its plays, however, are just as professional as those staged at the bigger theater - in fact, many of England's most talented actors appear on the boards at the Swan.

Within the Swan Theatre is a painting gallery, which has a basic collection of portraits of famous actors and scenes from Shakespeare's plays by 18th- and 19th-century artists. It also operates as a base for guided tours, with lively running commentary through the world-famous theaters. Guided tours are conducted Monday through Saturday at 1.30pm and 5.30pm, and four times every Sunday afternoon, production schedules permitting. Tours cost £4 ($7.60) for adults and £3 ($5.70) for students, seniors, or children. Call ahead for tour scheduling, which is subject to change.

In 2007 the Royal Shakespeare Company embarks upon the transformation of its Stratford-upon-Avon home. The aim is to create the best modern playhouse for Shakespeare in the world. Whilst building work takes place on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre site the RSC will continue to perform a few minutes away from the main site in an exciting new 1000 seat theatre - The Courtyard Theatre. For full details of the RSC's productions and information on the project to transform the RSC's theatres visit www.rsc.org.uk

T  +44 (0)1789 403444

F  +44 (0)1789 262341

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