Explore the world of William Shakespeare with the art collection of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Founded in 1961, The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon brings to life the works of William Shakespeare through bold, ambitious retellings of his plays. The Company's collection currently holds 4,000 items, dating back to the seventeenth century, which includes paintings of iconic actors, stage productions, artistic interpretations of Shakespeare's works, and portraits of the playwright himself. Many of the RSC's most important oil paintings have been digitised and are now available on the Bridgeman website for image licensing. See all images from the collection.