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Address: Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB, England
Phone Number: 08448001110
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The RSC's recently transformed theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon...

The RSC's recently transformed theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon re-opened in November 2010. The new building include two theatres, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, both using a thrust stage. Tickets for RSC performances are available to purchase in advance on the RSC website. Visitors can also experience Theatre Tours, take a trip up the Tower for fantastic views of Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy free exhibitions. You can also book a table for lunch or dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar or enjoy a light bite in the Riverside Cafe. There is free public Wi Fi throughout the building.

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Superb performance, excellent food, friendly and helpful staff in both the restaurant and in the bookshop when I showed my Autism Awareness card. There must have been staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Superb performance, excellent food, friendly and helpful staff in both the restaurant and in the bookshop when I showed my Autism Awareness card. There must have been staff training because they put us on a table overlooking the river Avon and the quaint crazy golf course :) Lovely time, thank you xxxx :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can pretty much guarantee that any Shakespeare performance which you see here will be as good as any in the world. The atmospherics and acoustics are perfect and set, as it is on the river Avon you could last for more

Thank rlwoody
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We watched a performance of 'Love for Love' (written by Congreve, one of Shakespeare's contemporaries) at The Swan Theatre (within the RST complex). It was absolutely brilliant! The design of the theatre was evocative of Shakespearean times! Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the matinee of HENRY V at the RSC. I have not been for many years...so the refurbished theatre was all new to me. It was a wonderful afternoon. The proscenium is gone and the stage is surrounded on 3 sides by audience members; actors make entrances and exits down the aisles. The performance was thrilling (with the loudest... More 

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Brierley Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently attended for a performance of Henry V. Loved it! The performance was great and the venue is lovely. It was very busy as we attended a Saturday night performance but we didnt have to queue for very long at any point, staff were also helpful. Will definitely go again.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been hardcore fans of the RSC for almost ten years. Simply put, they offer the very best Shakespeare in England. The. Very. Best. The vast majority of their productions are just superb in terms of acting, direction, lighting, set, costume design, and music. They set extremely HIGH standards for Shakespearean and other Renaissance theatre.They keep the original language intact... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just love the new theatre..( getting old now) and so much less pretentious than in my youth. Of course Shakespeare is for all....the Coranation street of it's day and they have it so right now. Hope they do not price folks out tho as this theatre is important and prices keep rising. A couple of years back we went to... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place to see a Shakespeare play! Try to get as close as possible to the stage for the best experience. However if you are in the front row you could be picked on for audience participation. Having said that the seating is mostly good. The restaurant is also brilliant as the views are magnificent of Stratford upon Avon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the RSC, and its two theaters, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the Swan. The RST is the larger theater, and seats about 1,000 people. Seeing a Shakespeare play there is magical. The intimacy of the small theater, which has a thrust stage (seats surround it on three sides), coupled with the quality of the productions, make it the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked a Front of House Tour and I wasn't disappointed - it was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We went into the auditorium and saw all the technicians working like crazy to build the new set / stage for the forthcoming production of Peter Pan. It was fascinating to see the underneath of the stage -... More 

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