Redevelopment of Stratford-upon-Avon venues 'to be completed in November'

The Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres are set to open in November, following a £112.8 million investment.

According to the drama organisation, the Stratford-upon-Avon venues will now feature a 1,000 seat auditorium, new exhibition spaces and catering options, including the Rooftop Restaurant and Riverside Cafe.

The venues will be unveiled with a low-key opening, where visitors will be invited to previews, but full performances will not commence until February 2011.

Among the shows taking place after the venues open are Matilda, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet.

RSC artistic director Michael Boyd told the BBC: "We are testing out the building with lots of lovely interactive exhibitions that the public can take part in from the end of November and then we are gradually ramping things up."

The Stratford venues will be officially opened in April, ahead of the company's 50th birthday celebrations.

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