THE Royal Shakespeare Company will open its doors once again to the public for its annual open day in Stratford-upon-Avon on August 31.
The open day features an exciting and varied lineup of free and paid-for events aimed at fans of the Bard and theatre-lovers of all ages, and is the perfect opportunity to find out more about one of the best-known theatre companies in the world.
Activities will take place at several venues around the town, including the RSC's Courtyard Theatre, the theatre gardens, The Shakespeare Institute, Holy Trinity Church and the RSC workshops at Timothy's Bridge Road, to name just a few locations.
The open day will give everyone a glimpse into the work that goes into making a production come to life, with a myriad of talks and hands-on sessions about theatre disciplines including costume, lighting and sound, make-up, wigs, armoury and stage fighting.
Other events include a Shakespearean interactive dancing competition, inspired by the recent spate of popular TV dancing shows; The Great Shakespeare Quiz, in which two teams pit their wits to see which knows the most about the Bard; and, to end the day - hot from the Edinburgh Festival - award-winning comedian, Russell Kane, performs his hilarious four-hander Fakespeare.
The open day is supported by Mace Group, an RSC Community Partner, and the construction managers on the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Amongst the host of talks on offer, RSC actors Oliver Ford Davies, Patrick Stewart and David Tennant (all currently appearing in Hamlet) will reflect on their experiences of working at the RSC and with Shakespeare.
Mark Ball, Head of RSC Events and Exhibitions, said, "The RSC's annual open day has firmly established itself as a brilliant opportunity for everyone to interact with those people who help bring a play alive.
"As well as onstage talks and demonstrations, you'll be able to tour our scenic workshops, listen to RSC musicians, see how we create realistic fight scenes, cheer on your favourite team in the football tournament, be the star in your own poster and try on fake wounds and scars!"
For full details of the day's programme, times, venues and costs visit www.rsc.org.uk/openday or call the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110.