Other Celebrations of Shakespeare

In Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, his life and works are celebrated throughout the year by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is one of the world’s best known theatre companies, connecting people with Shakespeare and producing bold, ambitious work with living writers, actors and artists.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust offers a unique Shakespeare centred experience with outstanding archive and library collections, inspiring educational and literary event programmes and five wonderful houses all directly relating to Shakespeare.

The far reaching impact that Shakespeare’s writings have had on people’s lives across the world is widely recognized and evident from the seemingly endless number of theatres, festivals, institutions and other organisations that are dedicated to his name.

Please check back here shortly for activities being held on Saturday 27 April, 2019.

Events organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 

To mark Shakespeare’s 455th birthday, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has planned a special programme of celebrations in honour of Stratford’s most famous son and the world’s greatest playwright, with a vibrant mix of entertainment and performance. The free, family-friendly programme will run all day in Henley Street, right in front of the very house where Shakespeare was born.

On Saturday, 27 April Henley Street will come alive with an exciting line-up of pageantry and performance. Kicking-off this year’s celebrations at 9.30am will be traditional country dancing by local school children. The birthday parade will arrive at Shakespeare’s Birthplace at around 10.30am, where ‘Mr Shakespeare’ will call in to collect the ceremonial laurel wreath and lead the parade down Henley Street.

The party atmosphere continues throughout the afternoon with a series of dance performances by local community groups showcasing dance styles through the ages, from traditional to contemporary. Enjoy watching the actors from Shakespeare Aloud! as they perform fight scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

The gates to Hall’s Croft garden will reopen for the annual Knights and Nymphs children’s party. Popular with families, there’s plenty of fun to be had with a dressing up box, face painting, garden games and delicious treats including a barbecue and fizz for the grown-ups. Entrance to the garden is free.

Throughout the weekend of 27 and 28 April, Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37) residents can also take advantage of free entry to all five Shakespeare Family Homes and a slice of birthday cake, while stocks last. Proof of address required.

The Shakespeare Birthday Lecture takes place at the Shakespeare Institute on Friday, 26 April at 4pm, featuring special guest speaker and this year’s Pragnell Shakespeare Award recipient, Professor Jerzy Limon O.B.E., founder and artistic director of the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre in Poland, in conversation with Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute. Tickets cost £10 and are available to purchase online at www.shakespeare.org.uk or by calling 01789 339804.

For more information and to plan your visit, see www.shakespeare.org.uk/whatson.

Full Listings:

Friday, 26 April, 4pm – 5.30pm

The Shakespeare Birthday Lecture

Shakespeare Goes to Gdansk

The Shakespeare Institute, Mason Croft, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HP

Tickets: £10; SBT Friends £8 www.shakespeare.org.uk/whatson or call 01789 339804.

Join Professor Jerzy Limon O.B.E., founder and artistic director of the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre in Poland, in conversation with Professor Michael Dobson. Presented in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

Saturday, 27 April

9.30am – 10.30am: Country Dance Performance

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

Kick-off the annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations with a country dance performance by local school children outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street. Then join in the Birthday Parade through the streets of Stratford.

12pm-4pm: Knights & Nymphs Children’s Garden Party

Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon

The annual Knights and Nymphs children’s garden party is the perfect excuse for the little ones to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday in style. Dress up as a Knight or a Nymph, have your face painted, and enjoy garden games, or tuck into the delicious barbecue, there’s plenty of fun for all the family. Free entry to the garden.

11.30am – 4.30pm: Community Dance Performances

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

Watch community dance troupes perform outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace, ranging from traditional to contemporary styles.

Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 April

Free entry to the Shakespeare Family Homes for local (CV37) residents

Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37) residents can enjoy free entry to all five Shakespeare Family Homes and a slice of birthday cake for all, while stocks last. (Proof of address required)

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Press release issued by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. For media enquiries please contact pressinfo@shakespeare.org.uk / 01789 338498

About the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is the global centre for learning about and experiencing the works, life and times of the world’s best-known writer. Through the five historic Shakespeare family homes (Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Mary Arden’s Farm, Hall’s Croft), internationally designated museum, library and archive collections, award-winning learning programmes and digital channels, it provides imaginative, immersive and interactive opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get up-close-and-personal with Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a self-sustaining charity which generates 98% of its income through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends. In April 2018 it was granted National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England for the first time, enabling new creative and outreach programmes with a particular focus on communities which are currently less engaged in arts, culture and heritage. For more information, visit www.shakespeare.org.uk or follow us on social media @ShakespeareBT.