|Anne Hathaway's Cottage|
The highlight of my visit was an unofficial tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. My tour included below the stage and the picture shows the old box office of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre which is now on a lifting mechanism over a doorway.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is really two theatres in one and, in spite of appearances really dates from 2010 when it was re-opened to the public with more seats and better sight lines. The oldest theatre is the Swan theatre the shell of which is Victorian. The interior is a completely up to date theatre with a modular stage that can be at any height or depth. The second theatre is inside the shell of the 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and this theatre is bigger but has the same facilities. Most of the shared services, such as costumes, properties, wigs lighting and sound are shared. Actors dressing rooms have a little balcony overlooking the river and actors must love coming to Stratford even if only for the facilities. Many of the actors have signed their autographs on the wall backstage!