Performing Arts Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Inspire your students’ enthusiasm for theatre with a trip to the Great Bard’s birthplace. In addition to workshops led by actors and directors at the top of their field, there is a wide choice of fascinating activities and visits on offer:

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Excursions launched in 2016 to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death

  • Shakespeare’s New Place: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is re-imagining New Place as a major contemporary landmark attraction to unlock the heritage of Shakespeare’s last home. This unique heritage site will tell the missing story of Shakespeare’s mature years as a successful writer and citizen of his home town.
  • Shakespeare’s school room at King Edward VI School: Open to the public for the first time, students will have the chance to see how Shakespeare’s early life was shaped in the classroom.
  • New exhibition at the Swan Theatre: Immerse yourself in the RSC’s history and how it makes its world-famous productions.
  • New tours of the RSC’s extensive costume collection

Where to stay

A choice of two and three star hotels in Stratford.

RSC Tower

The 36-metre high Tower offers an iconic landmark for the RSC theatres and a fantastic view of Shakespeare’s home town. A lift takes you to the 32-metre high viewing platform. As you descend, you will see the exhibition installed in the walls.

Shakespeare Properties

Take a guided visit of up to five of Shakespeare’s properties. Each one offers a unique insight into his life and times. A guide will help your students form a picture of Shakespeare’s life and introduce them to the influences on his work.

Stratford Walks

Take an award-winning guided walk around the historic streets and explore Stratford, its history, attractions and fascinating relationship with Shakespeare. Hear informative and interesting stories of fires, flooding, the plague and mediaeval cures!

RSC Theatre Workshops

At the YHA Stratford, we can provide popular curriculum-linked workshops such as ‘An introduction to Shakespeare’, ‘Circus and Clowning’, ‘Improvisation’, ‘Playwriting’, and ‘An Inspector Calls’. Course content can be tailored to meet the needs of your group and to the length of your stay and are ideal for KS3 and KS4 groups.

Priority booking for all RSC productions

As associate members of the RSC, we can give you advance notice of productions – weeks before the general public . You can also benefit from a priority booking period, enabling you to book tickets before they are put on general sale.

Sample Itinerary

Day One

Arrive at the airport, meet your tour manager and transfer by coach to your accommodation in Stratford. Walk to a local restaurant for your evening meal. Enjoy the evening relaxing in your accommodation or exploring the town on foot.

Day Two

In the morning go on a RSC tour to explore the public and private areas of the theatre and take a RSC workshop in the afternoon. In the evening go to see an RSC show.

Day Three

Visit the Falstaff Experience, a museum that offers an informative, yet theatrical, glimpse into history, from the glorious to the ghastly. Take a guided walk around historic Stratford in the afternoon. Spend the evening relaxing in your accommodation.

Day Four

Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps, visiting Shakespeare’s school room at King Edward VI School and Shakespeare’s New Place, his last home where he spent his mature years as a successful writer. Enjoy some free time in the evening or, depending what’s on, a trip to the local cinema.

Day Five

Visit nearby Birmingham to observe an open rehearsal or take part in a workshop run by theatre professionals at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Enjoy an evening performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall before travelling back to Stratford.

Day Six

Depart from your accommodation to begin your journey home.

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