As the town is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, entertainment in Stratford-upon-Avon is rather biased towards the theatre side of things, with a handful of exceptional places to see productions – whether from Shakespeare himself, his contemporaries or more modern writers. Our guide gives you an introduction to the town’s theatres, as well as places where you can see live music and enjoy a bit of comedy.


Seeing a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. So, if you’re interested in seeing one of Shakespeare’s plays performed by the RSC or something from one of his contemporaries such as Marlowe at The Swan, or even some award-winning fringe theatre at The Attic, you can find out more about all of Stratford’s top theatre venues on our dedicated Stratford-upon-Avon theatre page.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre


In a town where theatre takes centre stage, the live music scene rather pales in comparison. That’s not to say that you can’t catch a gig in town, but your options are limited to a couple of live music venues.

Stratford ArtsHouse only opened its doors in 2014, but it’s become an important part of the entertainment scene. As well as being home to the local orchestra and the Stratford Literary Festival, Stratford ArtsHouse puts on a couple of gigs each month including jazz, classical music and tribute acts. If you fancy a laugh, it also hosts familiar names from the national comedy circuit perform in its 300-seat auditorium.

Stratford ArtsHouse

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