Working in partnership with Arts Council England, the Royal Shakespeare Company has commissioned four artists to explore the value of arts and culture in today’s society. 

The arts define our culture and our identity, and over the coming months these artists will focus on four key topics: the intrinsic value of the arts, their impact on society through our health and wellbeing, our economy and education. 

Latest: Culture

In our third commission, created by Stratford-upon-Avon based animators The Brothers McLeod to celebrate the value of the arts today, ‘Billy’ Shakespeare goes back to the future to see how his plays have been reimagined in Stratford.

Find out more and watch the animated film

RSC commissions


Artist Bobby Baker uses Shakespeare’s As You Like It to develop a piece that explores the connection between art and our humanity
Watch her film


Performance poet Yusra Warsama adapts lines from Pericles into her own work about the arts and her creative life in Manchester
Watch the film


The Brothers McLeod share with us Billy Shakespeare’s connection to culture and the arts
Watch their film