The Royal Shakespeare Company casts a spell over Hallowe’en half-term


With the school summer holidays over The Royal Shakespeare Company is already looking towards Hallowe’en to help parents keep their children entertained this October.

Free Drop In Activities (no need to book)

Highlights include free activities from a special witch-inspired family trail around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, to dressing up as a princess or a king with props from the RSC’s costume store.

A range of workshops will also be held where families can learn more about how to create their own Halloween-inspired cuts and bruises, as well as check out some of Shakespeare’s spooky spells.

Double, double toil and trouble – families can follow a Macbeth style witches’ trail around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre discovering clues along the way as part of a spooky Halloween family trail.

It features specially commissioned drawings from female illustrators Girls Who Draw.

Visitors can also enjoy the RSC’s Theatre Family Trail which explores the building, as well as offering clues to questions on the theatre’s history and stories. Suitable for all ages.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Blood, Guts and Gore, Oct 29-30, join former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up, Brenda Leedham, as she talks about the tricks of the trade and how bruises, cuts and scars are created.

Singing workshop, Oct 29-30, Come and sing your heart out with an RSC voice coach.

Drawing workshop, Oct 27, 28 & 31, join artist Tom Cross to create characters inspired by work from World War One cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather who fought in the war under the Warwickshire Regiment.

Clore Learning Centre

Play in a Day, Oct 27-29, create your own shortened version of a Shakespeare play with help from an RSC expert.

Spell Fest, Oct 31, for some extra special Hallowe’en entertainment check out some of Shakespeare’s spells and follow in the footsteps of the three Witches from Macbeth.

For a full list of activities and events go to

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