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“An English Tourist Destination Of The Highest Rank”

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Owner description: The RSC's recently transformed theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon re-opened in November 2010. The new building include two theatres, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, both using a thrust stage. Tickets for RSC performances are available to purchase in advance on the RSC website. Visitors can also experience Theatre Tours, take a trip up the Tower for fantastic views of Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy free exhibitions. You can also book a table for lunch or dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar or enjoy a light bite in the Riverside Cafe. There is free public Wi Fi throughout the building.
Reviewed 3 December 2013

I took the theatre tour about several days ago and passed a thoroughly fascinating hour or so being shown around the bits of the theatre you never give much thought to. It was amazing to see the main theatre with Richard II having moved on and Wendy and Peter Pan about to move in - there it was all dishevelled and disorderly and drilling and hammering and everything going on, with a great hole at the front of the stage area. And then there was all the technology which the deputy stage manager needs to be in control of when a play is actually taking place and a trip to the makeup area where Antony (you know, Cleopatra's little playmate) had just arrived to have his hair sorted out.
And on top of all that, lots of nice anecdotes about the history of the theatre. Great stuff and well worth the cost of the tour. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
A recent review (apparently now removed) seemed to think the whole place is a rip-off, but I don't agree. True, there are lots of temptations to spend money on in the gift shop but that is entirely a matter of choice. Myself, I just can't resist a little souvenir whenever I visit there, even if it's only a postcard or two. This theatre is iconic of course and any tourist in Stratford would be delighted to visit it and have a tour around it. If you visited Stratford and did not do so then it would be like visiting the Tower Of London and not going to see the Crown Jewels.
I think the theatre is wonderful in its magnificent high Art Deco style (funny to think that if the old one had not burned down when it did, the new theatre, when it eventually came along, would have looked wholly different. It's an ill wind....).
So 5 Tripadvisor spots for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as an English tourist destination of the highest rank.

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

I am fortunate to walk past this theatre most days and have visited many occasions from a theatre goer to popping in for coffee. As has been said there is something for everyone, lovely views from the tower, a interesting shop, exhibits from productions, and occasional varied exhibitions not to mention world famous productions ! . I have noticed it is child friendly, and staff seem keen to help you enjoy your visit. They have occasional workshops for children probably worth checking before you visit so see if you can take advantage of them. More than anything a perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by either outside on terrace or upstairs in restaurant/ bar inside or outside. It's situation next to river is hard to beat !

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We'll worth a visit,either to see a play or just to view Stratford from the tower,maybe take lunch in the restaurant overlooking the River Avon,there is something for everyone.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Not sure what to write here: am I supposed to put a critque of the play?? A & C is shakespeare!! So play was beautifully well written, set was perfect, acting left a lot to be desired as Cleo was mostly unintelligible and setting it in Haiti was a poor choice. Theatre itself has been revamped - on ines f original Globe: again, great to look at but not as comfy as it used to be - why can't they mix old style with new comfort so that everyone can see without being a giraffe or ostrich??? Will always go again of course!!! Ice cream was yummy. Staff lovely.

Thank jemsbabe
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Extraordinary Shakespeare and other productions plus great setting by river with excellent dining facilities, family activities, shop - everything you'd expect

Thank DianaE52
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