Royal Shakespeare Company theatre opens doors to public

The Swan Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company is opening its £112m revamped theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon to the public.

Visitors to the Warwickshire town can go into the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre for the first time in four years.

The revamp has seen new auditoriums being built, exhibition spaces and places to eat and drink including a riverside cafe and terrace.

Events and activities, to test the public spaces, are also taking place.

The theatres opened to school children and invited guests on Tuesday.

The first plays to be performed there, King Lear and Romeo Juliet, are not being shown until February but previews will be held in the meantime.

The theatres will be formally reopened in April 2011, which coincides with the RSC's 50th anniversary celebrations.

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