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Encyclopedia > Shakespeare Memorial Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a large theatre dedicated to British playwright William Shakespeare in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon.


The theatre was opened in 1933 and was originally called the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. It is now managed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and was renamed in 1961.


The theatre is not well designed for modern Shakespeare performance, as many audience members are a long way from the stage and the lobby is very small. For many years the RSC have been planning to demolish it and build a new theatre, but no solid plans have yet emerged.


See also

  • Swan Theatre
  • The Other Place

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