Stratford-upon-Avon, the town where William Shakespeare was born and died, attracts audiences and artists from around the world and is the home of the RSC.
The RSC has three theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, the 1000-seater Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the 432-seater Swan Theatre and The Courtyard Theatre.
The 1,000-seat Courtyard Theatre opened in July 2006 with Michael Boyd’s staging of the Henry VI trilogy as part of the Complete Works of Shakespeare Festival. The theatre, which was built in just 11 months, was the temporary home of the RSC while the Transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre took place.
The Courtyard Theatre closed in November 2010 upon the completion of the Transformation, and is due to re-open in May 2012 for the World Shakespeare Festival.