Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Hours, Address, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We create theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We perform Shakespeare’s plays, as well as works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and plays by today’s writers. We want as many people as possible to be able to access theatre at its best, so we bring our work to the widest possible audience.
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Eviee B
Barnsley, UK64 contributions
Dec 2021
The Magicians Elephant was incredible! One of the best new musicals to come out of the UK. Covid procedures were great and well adhered to by staff. The theatre is clean, and well laid out. Never queueing too long for the toilets either which is good. Fab layout - there are some seats with restricted view but they're always labelled as such when you book - so you really have no reason to complain (as I heard a few people doing while I was there). Lovely little touches in the foyer too incorporating the show making the whole experience a little more immersive. Looking forward to coming back!
Written December 20, 2021
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Margaret C
Birmingham, UK29 contributions
Dec 2021
We were so disappointed on being met on the theatre steps to be told due to covid the show was cancelled. I thought it would have been possible to use an understudy. We travelled on an hour journey but I imagine with others it would be much more. As the show finishes in January it will be a shame not to see it but time is short.
I know we are in strange times but feel surely even an hours notice would have been possible.
Written December 16, 2021
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Chris W
Worcestershire, UK11 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We visit theatres up and down the country a lot! The staff at the RSC Stratford were excellent but given that the theatre underwent a revamp not so many years ago, the main auditorium leaves a lot to be desired. The facilities are good but the seating is uncomfortable and many positions have pillars. We got back row circle seats and oh boy, you need to be very tall to clamber up onto them. On the night we went there were so many out of control, poorly supervised, very noisy and fidgety children (we were both Headteachers) that it tainted the whole experience and then, after the show, we sat in a taxi, watching the meter clock up money as two coaches (Fosters was one) sat on double yellow lines.
Written December 14, 2021
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186400Caroline
Warwick, UK2,275 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Not been to this theatre since it was remodelled its a lovely lay out comfortable seats great views of the stage. It was a cold day outside and freezing in the theatre not very nice.

We knew that this new musical was for families but thought as it was a matinee in term time there wouldn’t be too many children. What a mistake it was full of children and consequently as those in the stalls were primary school they simply did not stop fidgeting very annoying.

We were told before hand masks were mandatory in the theatre unless eating or drinking but people were not complying. The west end theatres ask for a COVID certificate to prove double vaccination perhaps the RSC should consider this.

The musical was good some great talent on stage, fantastic scenery but the music was not memorable. You didn’t want to rush out and buy the music to play again.
Written December 3, 2021
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Karen7
London, UK614 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
We were in the RSC on that grim night in March 2020 when the theatres had to close. I shed a tear then in sympathy for the staff and an uncertain future, then cried again last night after a wonderful night with the elephant! I'm normally a cynic, happier with handmaids than romcoms and yet I loved the play, loved the theatre, loved the rooftop restaurant and loved the friendly helpful staff
Cannot wait to return again soon to cute Stratford
Written November 28, 2021
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Madcow20142014
Redditch, UK234 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Been to this theatre many times. Extremely well laid out with good accessibility. However disabled viewers would only be able to sit in the Stalls as the teirs are really narrow to walk along.

Lots of families there, so quite a bit of noise e.g crisps, sweets but you could sense their excitement of seeing the elephant!!

I wondered if we ever would, think it was near the interval that we finally got to see it. Excellent job of building such a realistic puppet.

Drinks, ice cream and of course the shop.
Written November 10, 2021
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Brianthelion
Birmingham, UK2,125 contributions
Nov 2021
Here for the Magicians Elephant and despite the good reviews it just didn’t work for me. A rather dark tale and a slow start with uninspiring songs set the scene for act one. Some highlights but happy to get to the interval. Things do improve second half and the staging and the elephant itself are excellent. A few outstanding performances but as a whole nah. My seat on front row of circle very good.
However a special mention for the staff, a more charming, efficient and welcoming bunch would be hard to find.
Written November 5, 2021
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Lisa_and_PeterP
Wortham, UK165 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
My husband and I went to watch Comedy of Errors in the outdoor theatre with friends and it was brilliant.

Very impressed at safety precautions they put in place and staff are efficiently and friendly.

A fantastic space and would definitely return.
Written October 21, 2021
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Brenda B
birmingham2 contributions
Sep 2021
Visited the out door theatre on Fri 24th Sep. Very impressed. The show was fantastic, acting brilliant as always. The venue was great. Lovely to be by the river and the weather was kind to us. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and everyone seemed relaxed.
We had a meal first at the roof top restaurant which was a bit pricey but the food was delicious, service good and views from the restaurant brilliant.
Written September 28, 2021
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MELONS79
Stockport, UK157 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We watched The Comedy of Errors at the outdoor theatre. The staff were fantastic & was always there to tell you where to go for the bathroom, drinks, etc. We absolutely loved every minute of the show and will be back to watch the next show in November. Would highly recommend as going to the show really made our trip to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Written September 26, 2021
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