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Royal Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford-upon-Avon)

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is one of the most visited buildings in he old Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

It was of course built in honour of William Shakespeare, born in the town at Shakespeares Birthplace and buried at Holy Trinity Church.

The theatre has a beautiful situation, by the banks of the lovely River Avon.

The original theatre was founded by the local brewer Charles Flower in 1879, and it was here that the Shakespeare Festival was developed. Unfortunately, this theatre was destroyed by fire in 1926.

The present building was designed by Miss Elisabeth Scott, of the Gilbert Scott family, and opened in 1932.

The Royal Shakespeare Company also operate the Swan Theatre, a theatre in the round, opened in the 1980s, and The Other Place, a studio theatre, opened in 1974.

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