Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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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  • W JAM
    Cambridge, United Kingdom93 contributions
    Theatre Tour
    We booked a Behind the scenes tour as part of a family weekend away and it was superb. Depending on the production going on at the time the tours vary their stops, but we went backstage as it was a Sunday. Our guide was great with lots of knowledge and stories about events that happened at the theatre. very quickly he gauged our interests in the theatre and added in bits of info we would appreciate as backstage nerds Would highly recommend the tours as a nice way to spend a morning
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 3, 2020
  • Madcow20142014
    Redditch, United Kingdom246 contributions
    Boy in the Dress
    Wow..yet again a fantastic night at this grand theatre. The whole visit from start to finish was fantastic.. The play- the storyline, the small number of actors/actresses and the number of multi parts they played..the songs, music and scenery and not to forget the dog!! Were truly amazing... We have been fortunate to get seats on offer in the past. However on this occasion we had the option of £16 partially restricted view or £40... we went for the dearer seats and so glad we did. Due to the stage layout constantly changing with each play performed there you never know how restricted your view will be..not worth the chance..don't get restricted.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2020
  • Mandpb48
    Hastings, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Trip behind the scenes
    Well worth booking the discovery ticket you get a really good tour behind the scenes of both the RSC theatre and the Swan, the guide is excellent in his portrait of backstage life, you can really appreciate all the work that is put in for each performance. The tower is worth a visit go up in the lift but walk dow the stairwell the portraits of famous actors going back in time is well worth the walk down. All the staff are friendly and helpful a very enjoyable place to visit
    Visited January 2020
    Written February 10, 2020
  • Gary M
    Worcester, United Kingdom117 contributions
    Fantastic theatre
    I've been to quite a few theatres and this place has to be the best. Staff really friendly and helpful the theatre shop superb and reasonably priced (unlike some theatre's I could mention) there is a restaurant there but we didn't use it, also I counted 3 bars all reasonably priced. On the whole a superb evening the management and the whole team should give themselves a pat on the back...
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written February 21, 2020
  • theDiceThrower
    West Bridgford, United Kingdom210 contributions
    Great service.
    Booked for Boy In A Dress. Show was excellent, and as expected from the RSC. My review is really more about the staff service throughout our visit, from the gift shop to the interval drinks. Nothing was too much trouble, and I would recommend getting drinks on the third floor as much less busy. Only one point of caution is that there is only a twenty minute interval, which does make things tight with large numbers of children present.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 20, 2020
  • Harry
    18 contributions
    The Boy in the Dress
    Not our first visit- will keep coming back. Birthday surprise this time- front row seats. Excellent production, very faithful to book but with creative and original artistic choices in staging. Lovely to see so many engaged (and well-behaved) children in audience, being introduced both to the RSC and to the tolerant themes of the piece.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2020
  • Herbie B
    Coleorton, United Kingdom482 contributions
    The boy in the dress
    We visited the theatre for the first time to see the play the boy in the dress and had a fantastic time. The play itself was excellent and appeals to all ages. The place itself is well laid out. They have lifts to all levels which is great as one of our party struggles to walk upstairs. The eating in the the theatre is actually quiet comfortable. There are bars but if you want to take drinks in you can purchase plastic reusable cups for a pound and either keep them or take them back downstairs and get your money back. I would also recommend ordering drinks for the interval. These are left on specific shelfs so you can pick them up and don't have to queue up at the bar. the staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Visited December 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2020
  • 186400Caroline
    Warwick, United Kingdom2,377 contributions
    Watching magicians elephant
    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.
    Visited December 2021
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 2, 2021
  • Bazandcaf
    York, United Kingdom52 contributions
    Superb performance
    My group of 6 friends watched in awe as the superb actors made ‘The boy in a Dress’ come alive. From the first word to the last, we were captivated. The show is awesome & must be destined for the West End. Denis was played by an extremely talented young actor whose performance was faultless. Simply excellent!
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 25, 2020
  • Dugarry112
    Warwick, United Kingdom29 contributions
    New Years Eve Show
    Decided to try something different on New Years Eve. Really glad we did. Visited the RSC to see the Boy in the Dress by David Walliams. The venue is small but very well organised with a nice little bar and cafe right in the centre of Stratford. Parking was straight forward at Stratford Leisure Centre. Whilst ordering a drink before the show we were able to order our drinks for the interval. This all worked very well and the drinks were ready for us at the interval. Seats were mid-range and the view was excellent. The theatre really does feel like a throw back to Shakesperian times in its design internally. Show was superb with great songs and a modern storyline. Would highly recommend a visit
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 23, 2020
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Gary M
Worcester, UK117 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I've been to quite a few theatres and this place has to be the best. Staff really friendly and helpful the theatre shop superb and reasonably priced (unlike some theatre's I could mention) there is a restaurant there but we didn't use it, also I counted 3 bars all reasonably priced. On the whole a superb evening the management and the whole team should give themselves a pat on the back...
Written February 21, 2020
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theDiceThrower
West Bridgford, UK210 contributions
Feb 2020
Booked for Boy In A Dress. Show was excellent, and as expected from the RSC. My review is really more about the staff service throughout our visit, from the gift shop to the interval drinks. Nothing was too much trouble, and I would recommend getting drinks on the third floor as much less busy. Only one point of caution is that there is only a twenty minute interval, which does make things tight with large numbers of children present.
Written February 20, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Harry
18 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Not our first visit- will keep coming back. Birthday surprise this time- front row seats. Excellent production, very faithful to book but with creative and original artistic choices in staging. Lovely to see so many engaged (and well-behaved) children in audience, being introduced both to the RSC and to the tolerant themes of the piece.
Written February 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Herbie B
Coleorton, UK482 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited the theatre for the first time to see the play the boy in the dress and had a fantastic time. The play itself was excellent and appeals to all ages. The place itself is well laid out. They have lifts to all levels which is great as one of our party struggles to walk upstairs. The eating in the the theatre is actually quiet comfortable. There are bars but if you want to take drinks in you can purchase plastic reusable cups for a pound and either keep them or take them back downstairs and get your money back. I would also recommend ordering drinks for the interval. These are left on specific shelfs so you can pick them up and don't have to queue up at the bar. the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Written January 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

186400Caroline
Warwick, UK2,377 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bazandcaf
York, UK52 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
My group of 6 friends watched in awe as the superb actors made ‘The boy in a Dress’ come alive. From the first word to the last, we were captivated. The show is awesome & must be destined for the West End. Denis was played by an extremely talented young actor whose performance was faultless. Simply excellent!
Written February 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dugarry112
Warwick, UK29 contributions
Dec 2019
Decided to try something different on New Years Eve. Really glad we did. Visited the RSC to see the Boy in the Dress by David Walliams. The venue is small but very well organised with a nice little bar and cafe right in the centre of Stratford. Parking was straight forward at Stratford Leisure Centre.
Whilst ordering a drink before the show we were able to order our drinks for the interval. This all worked very well and the drinks were ready for us at the interval.
Seats were mid-range and the view was excellent. The theatre really does feel like a throw back to Shakesperian times in its design internally.
Show was superb with great songs and a modern storyline. Would highly recommend a visit
Written January 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

crystalbobbie
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK142 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Richard lll at the RSC
My first visit post lockdown and shielding as I am classed as clinically vulnerable. This was a big step. I found the booking online and printing your own tickets really easy and safe. I ordered my brochure and collected it from masked staff, no bar staff wore masks and very few visitors either, so it is not a covid respectful place to be. Your very close when you go to your seats and literally as visitors pass you they are really face close. I was happy to have my mask on. The drinks arrangement was good though, the ceilings high. We were in stalls f4 and 5. The sound sometimes was very hard to hear, at times and there was an awful racket of electronic sounding chatter just by us. The two men a couple of seats away got really cross got up snd told whoever it was off saying it was not on. I feel that for £65.00 a seat on this corner of the the theatre if a plays sound is going to be a struggle either get it fixed or cut the price. It’s not good. It’s as of one was on volume fade especially when the backs are too us. The play is fabulous, a superb production
the players really put you into the tragedy of the people who were lost to the bloody ambitions of Duke then King Richard.
I especially loved the shadow and Margaret, my skin did prickle a couple of times!!
We met in the foyer a lovely superfan from Ireland who has been to very many performances at the RSC. Which we thought was lovely.
I think for me covid aware is about 2/10 could do more especially given the huge rise at the moment.
Sound 6/10 for our seating area
Noise interference terrible.
Easy access etc did not use facilities.
I love the theatre. I am unsure about returning for a while yet.
Written July 3, 2022
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Amy
65 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Most recently, we came to Wars of the Roses and we were absolutely blown away - the standard of acting was so high, we absolutely cannot wait to return and see Richard III, as this actor in particular was the standout for me. The stage combat was so exciting and skilfully done, and the costumes and set pieces were fantastic.

Some people may say the recent productions aren’t ‘classic’ Shakespeare, but what’s wrong in finding new & fresh ways to bring us these plays that have been done over and over again?

Whenever we visit, the staff are so helpful and welcoming. The different price bands for tickets are very reasonable, and the restricted view seats are really good value for money. The restrooms are well maintained, although as always expect a long queue for the ladies!

The selection in the shop is great - a wide range to suit different budgets. The programmes are always worth a purchase. We’ll certainly keep coming to the RSC for many years to come.
Written June 13, 2022
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Hanna
13 contributions
Dec 2019
Enter through the secret door to a world of interactive, thoughtful interpretation that will please even those who are not so into Shakespeare or theatre. Loved by my 10year old but 7 year old dropped out half way through. Check out school holiday rates for a great and affordable outing for the family.
Written January 28, 2020
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