The Royal Shakespeare Theatre will hold its last performance this weekend before closing for a multi-million pound refurbishment.
The £100m transformation of the world famous listed building, which opened in 1932, should be completed by 2010.
Plans include a "thrust" stage for the main theatre, a 108ft (33m) tower at the entrance and a riverside walkway.
During the work, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will operate at the nearby 1,000-seat Courtyard Theatre.
The last play before the refurbishment, the tragedy Coriolanus, will be performed on Saturday.