Royal Shakespeare Theatre

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The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, currently under redevelopment
RSC redvelopment, click to enlarge   RSC pre redvelopment, click to enlarge        

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Transformation Project gathers pace
Work on the Transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres is gathering pace as the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) gears up for the re-opening of its theatres later this year.

The RSC’s Transformation project will see the history of the theatre buildings retained, alongside the creation of an array of new public spaces, including a 1,000+ seat thrust stage auditorium at the heart of the project, designed to bring actors and audiences closer together. There will also be a Rooftop Restaurant which offers fantastic views across the River Avon and a new Theatre Tower with 32 metre high viewing platform offering wrap-around views of Stratford-upon-Avon, stretching as far as the Vale of Evesham.

It won’t be long until the RSC welcomes visitors back to explore both theatres with a series of preview events and activities at the end of November, which will help to test the building’s new spaces in advance of the first Shakespeare performances in the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres from February 2011. While the Transformation project is being completed, performances continue at the RSC’s temporary Courtyard Theatre, whereMatilda, A Musical will be playing throughout the opening period.

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