West Midlands Railway partners with the Royal Shakespeare Company

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West Midlands Railway has announced that they have partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company on an initiative to offer train and theatre tickets for under £20.

The new Rush Tickets will be available for shows in Stratford-upon-Avon. It means that a  return ticket to Birmingham Snow Hill coming in at a combined price of under £20 per person.

The offer will be available from midday every Friday. It offers a limited number of tickets to see shows the following week at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre in the town.

West Midlands Railway operates frequent train services from Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street stations to Stratford-upon-Avon. It is approximately 10-12 minutes walk from either theatre. With the last train back to Birmingham leaving at 11.30pm Monday-Saturday.

What did the officials say?

Francis Thomas, head of corporate affairs for West Midlands Railway said:

“The Royal Shakespeare Company are a world class theatre company and a global ambassador for our region. We have been greatly impressed by the RSC’s education programme and are keen to explore how we can work together to bring more young people closer to Stratford’s Shakespearean history and culture. Rush Tickets are just the start of our partnership, and we look forward to bringing more people into Stratford to enjoy their performances.”

Catherine Mallyon, executive director at the RSC said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with West Midlands Railway on our Rush tickets scheme, with tickets available from just £10. We want as many people as possible to enjoy theatre at its best and are always looking for new and creative ways to bring our work to the widest audience. By partnering with West Midlands Railway, we hope to give even more people from across the Midlands network the opportunity to experience the work of the RSC in the heart of Shakespeare’s Stratford”.

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I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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