The Play's The Thing Exhibition

Royal Shakespeare Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Play's the thing Exhibition - Skull
  • Play's the thing Exhibition - Skull


Experience secrets and stories of making theatre

Following refurbishment of the Swan Wing,  the Royal Shakespeare Company have opened a major new exciting exhibition "The Play’s The Thing" 

Here you will learn the secrets and stories from more than 100 years of theatre-making and discover the ideas, inspiration and amazing craft in the work of the world’s most famous theatre company.

Discover rarely-seen treasures from the museum and archive: weird and wonderful props, exquisite costumes, and original set designs. Get hands-on and celebrate the creativity behind the scenes.

  • Director’s ‘desk’ – discover the inspiration behind some of the RSC's most acclaimed shows
  • Play Hamlet alongside actor Ewart James Walter, using state-of-the-art gaming technology 
  • Magic Costume Mirror – try on virtual costumes and take a photo 
  • Dress up in the dressing room and take part in the Quick Change Challenge.
  • Discover some of the gory details of theatre-making through the A-Z of Shakespeare’s secrets and stories 
  • The story-generator - create quick and fun version of Shakespeare plays

Location: Swan Reading Room, Swan Theatre

Time: 10am – 6pm

Admission: Adult £8.50 Child £4.25 (Under 18)

All kids go free on Sundays, and in the Warwickshire school holidays - not available online.