Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire today to celebrate the 453rd birthday of William Shakespeare.
There was a festive parade through the streets of the playwright's birthplace and celebrations across the town, as Melissa Wright reports.
The procession will include brass bands, people in period costume, dignitaries and VIP guests joining community groups and schoolchildren.Read the full story ›
People with access needs can visit the Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon for free this weekend, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has announced.
It marks the weekend of Disabled Access Day, designed to raise awareness about the access needs of people with disabilities.
Sites involved in the initiative include:
- Shakespeare's birthplace
- Shakespeare's New Place
- Anne Hathaway's Cottage
- Hall's Croft
Families are being urged to introduce their children to the ‘best bits’ of Shakespeare during half term. It comes as a regional tour of the bard's Romeo and Juliet comes to the Library of Birmingham later this month.
The 90-minute comedy adaptation aims to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare in a fun way, whilst also encouraging adults to revisit his works with a fresh eye.
The tour by Oddsocks Theatre Company will be launched at the Library of Birmingham on 22 October. The production will then visit 11 other libraries across the region during the half term holiday.
The tour is part of the national Shakespeare 2016 campaign which marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.
One of the most important original documents relating to William Shakespeare is set to return to his hometown for the very first time.Read the full story ›
As part of a three month festival celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare, people can see the first copy of his work at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, today. It dates from 1623.
Alongside it will be a first edition of the King James Bible (1611), on loan from Cambridge University.
The exhibition runs until the end of June.
Experts found a disturbance at the head-end of the Bard's grave, corroborating a century-old story that his skull was stolen.Read the full story ›
Birmingham airport has unveiled a new Shakespeare exhibition as part of the 400th anniversary since the playwright's death.Read the full story ›
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be marking the 400th anniversary of the death of playwright and writer William Shakespeare next year, with a series of concerts inspired by the man himself.
The orchestra and ensembles will perform music spanning four centuries inspired by the Warwickshire-born writer's plays.
Events are being planned around the world next year to mark the special anniversary.
The CBSO's performances begin with Henry V in January.
“Shakespeare is in the lifeblood of the Midlands, it is where he grew up and where he is buried. We....are thrilled to be celebrating his life with ‘Our Shakespeare’, which we believe is the world’s largest scale concert series celebrating the music inspired by the playwright’s work.
We look forward to sharing those musical events with our audiences across the Midlands.”
These concerts are being held in partnership with a whole host of other arts organisations in the Midlands. They include the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Library of Birmingham, Ex Cathedra, Barber Institute, Shakespeare Institute and University of Birmingham.
Click here to find out 20 common phrases invented by the Bard.
This Saturday Folksy Theatre bring their open air theatre performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the Dorothy Clive Garden in Shropshire. The performance will be filled with live folk music and characters as you have never seen before.
This family friendly event can be enjoyed by all and you can bring your own picnic and blankets, relax and enjoy the performance under the summer sky.
See more: http://dorothyclivegarden.co.uk/