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The second Memorial Theatre opened in 1932 and became The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1961

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Did you know? The Gower Statue of Shakespeare on the far side of the Bancroft Gardens was originally sited at the rear of the Swan Theatre, near the Stage Door.

Did you know? The actors normally rehearse a play for between 7 – 12 weeks, it depends on what play it is!

Did you know? Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, his birthday. In his will, all he left his wife was his “second best bed with the furniture.” The “furniture” was the bedclothes for the bed. This is the only time she was mentioned.

Look out for the new seats in the RST Auditorium – they were designed by a company that makes seats for Italian sports cars!


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The theatre tower is 36 metres tall. There are 174 steps from the ground floor to the viewing platform, but don’t worry there’s also a lift! How tall are you?

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