What is it? The Royal Shakespeare Company has three theatres in Stratford. With a striking riverside location, the flagship Royal Shakespeare Theatre is where you can catch many of the Bard’s famous works while, next door, the more intimate Swan Theatre stages plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and later writers. Performing arts centre The Other Place (see below) is 100 metres away, on Southern Lane.
Why go? All the world’s a stage, but there’s no better place to watch Shakespeare’s plays than his hometown. Come early for a pre-theatre meal in the third-floor rooftop restaurant with remarkable views over the River Avon. If you’re just not sure about sitting through a full-on production, you can book a backstage tour to see behind the scenes of the world-class theatre, climb to the top of The Lantern for above-rooftop views over the town, or visit The Play’s The Thing, a free, permanent, and interactive exhibition about creative theatre processes.