Waterside Stratford-Upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 6BB
Following a massive £112m transformation, Stratford-upon-Avon's main theatre reopened its doors in November 2010 to great acclaim. A Grade II listed building, it retains many of the art deco features of the original building, which dates from 1932, with the addition of some modern contemporary twists. The main 1040-seater auditorium has an intimacy that was missing before, with the stage projecting into the seating, and the audience curling around the stage on three different levels, it doesn’t matter where you’re sitting, you feel like you’re part of the action. Even if you’ve not managed to book tickets to a show in advance, it’s always worth dropping into the helpful box office (located in the theatre shop) to check for late availability or return tickets.
Various theatre tours are available including:-
Behind the Scenes Tour - Explore the public and private areas of the theatre and learn about origins of the RSC and the theatre making process. Price – adults £7.50, under 18’s £3.
Front of House Tour – Go on a journey to learn about the humble beginnings of the theatre in 1879 through to it’s recent transformation. Learn behind the scenes secrets as to how costumes are made and how effects are achieved. Price - adults £5, under 18’s £2.50
Aimed at junior visitors (6-12 year olds), Family Tours explore the RSC plays, the theatre making process and Shakespeare. Uncover some behind the scenes secrets - how costumes are made and effects achieved, and get your hands on some of their props! Price – adults £6.50, under 18’s £3.
After Dark Tours - Learn about the grey lady and other RSC phantoms on a post performance ghost tour. After the evening performance, when the theatre has emptied, you’ll get the opportunity to explore all areas of the theatre. Listen for the sound of footsteps in empty rooms and look out for strange figures alleged to have been seen going in and out of the Scott Bar. Price – adults £6.50, under 18’s £3.
See the RSC website for further information, dates and availability.