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Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

The home of the renowned British acting company devoted to William Shakespeare has restaurants, bars, guided tours and two main theaters.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is a celebrated acting group based in the 16th-century writer’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Although the company tours the United Kingdom and other countries, they perform around 20 productions annually in their hometown. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre share a foyer along the River Avon in the charming town near Birmingham. The complex also includes restaurants and bars. See a Shakespearean play or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater.

Look around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the main auditorium that holds 1,040 seats. Book a ticket to take an elevator up the 118-foot (36-meter) tower and enjoy panoramic views of Stratford-upon-Avon. Examine the artwork displayed on the walls as you descend the staircase. 

The Swan Theatre is a more intimate hall with just 450 seats. Three tiers of traditional wooden balconies surround the stage. Visit exhibitions held here that showcase photography, costumes and other memorabilia relating to the theater. F

ind out about the origins and stories behind the Royal Shakespeare Company on a behind-the-scenes tour. There are a number of different tours you can take for a fee, ranging from a tour of the theater to open-air tours of the town and an after-dark ghost tour.

Choose between several restaurants within the Royal Shakespeare Company complex for lunch or dinner. Book tickets to see a performance online or at the venue. The performances are not restricted to Shakespearian plays. Productions such as Les Misérables, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible have also been staged here. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company is based along the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Birmingham. The town is famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Come by train from Birmingham or London Marylebone. The last train back from Stratford-upon-Avon leaves just before midnight. If you choose to drive, there are several parking lots close to the complex that charge a fee. Most of the buildings and restaurants in the Royal Shakespeare Company complex open daily from morning until night.


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Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon £80
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon

Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon

4 CHAPEL STREET, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nash's House and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. New Place and Swan Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 12 minutes by foot.

    Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon £68
    Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon

    Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon

    Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Stratford-upon-Avon, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shakespeare Monument and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Guild Chapel and Stratford Butterfly Farm are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 16 minutes by foot.

      Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel £52
      Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel

      Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel

      Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nash's House and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. New Place and Swan Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        The Swans Nest Hotel £56
        The Swans Nest Hotel

        The Swans Nest Hotel

        Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shakespeare Monument and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Stratford Butterfly Farm and Guild Chapel are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 16 minutes by foot.

          Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel & Spa £96
          Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel & Spa

          Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel & Spa

          Clopton Bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stratford Butterfly Farm and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Shakespeare Monument and Swan Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 18 minutes by foot.

            The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon £55
            The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

            The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

            Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of American Fountain and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Birthplace Museum and Stratford-upon-Avon College are also within 10 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 5 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon £79
              Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon

              Hotel Du Vin Stratford Upon Avon

              7-8 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of American Fountain and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Birthplace Museum and New Place are also within 5 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 8 minutes by foot.

                The Arden Hotel £101
                The Arden Hotel

                The Arden Hotel

                44 Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Swan Theatre and Shakespeare Monument. Holy Trinity Church and Stratford-upon-Avon College are also within 15 minutes. Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is 14 minutes by foot.