A mock-up representing the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre once built. At the foreground, the stalls go down until the stage. At the back of the stage, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre building.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre is a temporary outdoor performance space that will be built in the Swan Gardens, with safe outdoor seating for up to 500 people.

There will only be reserved seating for those with access requirements; all other seating will be allocated on arrival, and will be in line with government guidance.

Please let us know when you book if you require an accessible seat or wheelchair space. Most  seats are only accessible via steps and not all sections have handrails.

There are four guaranteed seats in the front row that can be reserved for anyone who requires a seat close to the stage, or completely step-free access.

There are up to six wheelchair positions in total with companion seats. Please note: we are not able to allow any wheelchair transfers.

There are 50 seats with arms spread across the different seating sections. If you usually prefer an aisle seat for accessibility reasons, the legroom in the Garden Theatre is 20cm greater than our usual maximum to allow for social distancing, so you may find that you are also comfortable in other seats.

Assistance dogs are welcome, they can remain with their owner during performances, or may be left with a member of the Front of House team outside the theatre space.

There will also be hearing loops accessible throughout the theatre. The actors will be mic-ed and some sound enhancement and amplification will be used to ensure that everyone can hear the performance even if there is some noise external to the theatre.

the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre does not have a roof, but performances will only be cancelled if there is a safety concern for our visitors, staff or company.

If it rains, we will not be able to allow people to shelter inside the main theatre. We suggest you dress appropriately for the weather, and request that you do not bring umbrellas or cushions. Biodegradable ponchos will be on sale if you are caught out by the weather.

The cloakroom will be closed for these performances so Please keep personal items to a minimum.

If we have to cancel the performance before the advertised start time or before the interval, ticket holders will be entitled to a full refund or a free exchange for a future performance. If we have to cancel the performance after the interval, ticket holders will be offered a free exchange into another performance but refunds won’t be available.

How to Find Us


Stratford-upon-Avon is a short drive from Junction 15 of the M40, giving good access to the M42, M5, M6 and M25. Our postcode is CV37 6BB.


There is a large choice of fee-charging car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon.


There are seven bays on Waterside directly outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and 10 bays on Chapel Lane, the road opposite the Swan Theatre. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

Southern Lane also has on-road parking for blue badge holders; the parking bays at the side and rear of The Other Place (formerly The Courtyard Theatre) are available. There is a car drop off point directly outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a coach drop off point just past the Swan Theatre.


Stratford’s Park and Ride  service runs daily from 7.30am, Mondays to Saturdays. The last Park and Ride bus leaves Wood Street at 7.00pm. Show your RSC theatre tickets or email confirmation for a discounted Maxi Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) – only £2 (all day).


You can travel directly to Stratford-upon-Avon train station from Birmingham (Snow Hill or Moor Street stations) with West Midlands Railway.

Last train back to Birmingham: Monday – Saturday departs at 11.30pm.

Trains from London travel from Marylebone station via Banbury, Leamington Spa and Warwick. The last train back to London, Monday – Friday, is at 11.15pm.

For National Rail Enquiries call 08457 484950 or visit the National Rail Enquiries website.


For details of local bus services from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon please ring 0870 608 2608. For local bus services from Oxford call 08705 808 080.

For national enquiries call 08705 808 080 or visit National Express Coaches