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First birthday celebrations for Shakespeare landmark

William Shakespeare Photo: PA

Curation teams at the newly-interpreted site of William Shakespeare's family home in Stratford-Upon-Avon are celebrating the location's first birthday today. A party is being held to mark the first anniversary of New Place with live performances on-site.

The area opened last summer after a two-year, six-million pound project to represent and recreate the site of Shakespeare's family home. It followed celebrations and a street parade to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death last April. Organisers say nearly 150,000 visitors from across the world have visited New Place in the last year.

Shakespeare400 parade celebrations underway last year Credit: ITV News Central

"New Place is a seamless blend of the historic and the contemporary, offering visitors a complete contrast to anything they will find in Stratford-upon- Avon, or indeed the world. We’ve had a great first year welcoming visitors and local residents, many have returned again and again to enjoy this tranquil little oasis in the heart of Stratford".

– Chloe Malendewicz, Manager at Shakespeare’s New Place