RSC reveals summer 2021 plans

A new garden theatre is the centrepiece of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s summer 2021 programme.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre will welcome outdoor theatre-goers from mid July in the specially-constructed performance space, which will sit on the banks of the River Avon adjacent to the Swan Theatre.

The grand new outdoor theatre will open with summer performances of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, which had been scheduled to run in 2020.

Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “By creating an outdoor theatre space for The Comedy of Errors we hope audiences will feel safe to return to the theatre with confidence. Our buildings will gradually come back to life during the summer through our café and restaurant, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre will be ready for indoor performances in the autumn.”

RSC summer 2021 programme

The Comedy of Errors will run in the garden theatre from Tuesday July 13 until Sunday September 26. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday May 24, with member tickets available from May 10. Visit Royal Shakespeare Company | RSC.

The RSC is also running a number of other initiatives in summer 2021, including:

  • An online open rehearsal project, giving fans the chance to see the process ahead of a full rehearsal performance of Henry VI Part One (runs June 1-25);
  • All Mirth and No Matter – a two-performance production by the RSC’s Next Generation ACT company in the Garden Theatre on Friday July 23;
  • Free pop-up outdoor performances for families on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Garden Theatre and Bancroft Gardens during the school summer holidays in July and August;
  • A weekly “Community Warm Up” in the Garden Theatre on Fridays through the summer holidays (£5 per ticket) – a fun and interactive workshop session;
  • And, on Friday August 20, the RSC celebrates Costume Day – more details to follow.