To mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, this year’s Shakespeare Birthday Luncheon will return to its traditional venue in a splendid marquee in the Theatre Gardens.
The luncheon on Saturday, 26th April 2014 will take place immediately following the parade and flag unfurling and will start with a champagne reception at 12.00 noon, followed by a three course luncheon at 1.00 pm.
The lunch will be presided over by Lord Digby Jones and guest speakers will include journalist and broadcaster Baroness Bakewell, Hilary Mantel (winner of this year’s Booker Prize) and Sir Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre. The prestigious Pragnell Prize will also be presented to a winner who has yet to be announced.
Other guests at the luncheon will include ambassadors and diplomats from around the world and many other VIPs and local dignitaries.
Due to overwhelming demand, tickets for the luncheon are now sold out.