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RSC to reopen Swan Wing for Shakespeare 400

The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Victor Maschek The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo: Victor Maschek
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The Royal Shakespeare Company will reopen its refurbished Swan Wing next month to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The foyer to the Swan Theatre at the RSC’s base in Stratford-upon-Avon will reopen with new public spaces, and a major new artwork will be unveiled.

The Swan Wing was built in 1879 and is the oldest part of the RSC’s theatres in Stratford. It has been closed for nine months to complete the £2.8 million restoration, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The refurbishment includes a new cafe and bar, which will be filled with objects from the RSC archive.

The stained glass windows in the building have also been restored, while a contemporary sculpture inspired by Romeo and Juliet will be unveiled when the wing is reopened on April 23.

RSC director of events and exhibitions Geraldine Collinge said: “Over the last year the Victorian architecture of the Swan Wing has been hidden away while a team of specialists wove their magic to restore its beautiful facade and interior.

“It was not until the scaffolding finally started to come down early this year that you could fully appreciate the detailed and sensitive work that had gone on, behind the hoardings, to bring this beautiful building back to life.”

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