The RSC's The Play's The Thing

A new exhibition reveals the secrets behind the world's most famous theatre company...

 

The RSC will open its first ever permanent exhibition devoted to the making of Shakespeare’s plays in 22 October. The new visitor attraction – The Play’s The Thing – will be in the Swan Wing, at the Company’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For over 400 years, Shakespeare’s plays have inspired audiences and theatre makers. From the eternal love affair of Romeo and Juliet and Titus Andronicus’s blood, guts and gore, to Macbeth’s witches and Shylock’s pound of flesh, The Play’s The Thing explores the imaginative ways in which Shakespeare’s stories, settings and characters have been interpreted for the stage.

This immersive exhibition highlights some of the RSC’s most iconic theatre productions and features treasures from the archive including rarely-seen props, exquisite costumes and original set designs.

Hands-on digital interactives transport visitors both behind the scenes and on stage at the RSC. Visitors will experience what it feels like to stand on stage, try on costumes made in the RSC’s costume workshops and get creative as set designers.

The family-friendly exhibition also reveals some of the RSC’s more gory theatrical secrets, including how a snapping carrot can replicate the noise of bone breaking, rice crispies and glue are mixed to make scabs and how soup is used on stage to represent vomit.

Many famous faces have performed at the RSC, and some of the highlights of The Play’s The Thing include costumes worn by David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Laurence Olivier, Paul Robeson and Vivien Leigh. 

Essentials

Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More

FROM TWITTER

RT @BhamCityCouncil: First UK day/nght test match success for Warwickshire County Cricket Club & Birmingham https://t.co/A6bHvxxzxj Great b…

RT @rockupadventure: #Birmingham Calling all Super Hero's. 26th Aug Book online https://t.co/s0oDcOgcFl. Climb with #Batman, have a photo w…

RT @birminghamcg22: All eyes on #Birmingham's @alex_stadium for Sir @Mo_Farah's final UK track appearance - and it's a 3000m win! 🥇 #brumbi…

RT @birminghamcg22: Overwhelming support for #BrumBid2022 today, including @Iwanrunner! #athletics https://t.co/s3IrK5esKq

Festivals & events

Sporting highlights

Culture

Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More

Music

A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More

Film

Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More

Dance

A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More

Shopping

Shoppinginbirmingham.com

Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More

Markets

Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More