Today marks William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, but the celebrations at his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon will continue into the weekend.
A group called 'Playmakers' are planning ahead, so the town can handle the 20,000 or more expected visitors.
Emma Beasley and Sam Lloyd explain what the group are about.
Celebrations are starting today in Stratford-upon-Avon for William Shakespeare's birthday. The famous playwright was born in the town in 1564.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will celebrate Shakepeare's 450th birthday with a firework display from the top of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after the evening performance of Henry IV, Part 1.
The celebrations will continue over the weekend offering a range of free family theatre activities including stage fighting workshops and blood, guts and gore make-up classes.
The A422 Banbury Road in Stratford-upon-Avon is closed in both directions due to an accident involving one vehicle between A3400 Shipston Road (Stratford-Upon-Avon) and A429 (Ettington).
Police are directing traffic.
The garden shed is no longer a man's sacred refuge. Retired men in Warwickshire are being encouraged to get together and socialise while doing traditional 'shed' activities.
The Men's Sheds project in Stratford Upon Avon brings together fellow DIYers who otherwise could be home alone.
The average price of a private check-up in Stratford-upon-Avon costs £67, while in Bradford, by contrast, a standard check-up costs around £15.
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'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon' is launching in the United States with a broadcast of Richard II directed by Gregory Doran and starring David Tennant in the lead role.
It is part of a project between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Picturehouse Entertainment and has already been screened in more than 100 cinemas around the UK.
For the first time, the works of William Shakespeare are being broadcast directly into classrooms.
More than four hundred and sixty schools across the country have taken advantage of Richard the Second's first live broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon.
Over the next six years schools will be able to choose from eighteen more productions by the company.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has promised to support local theatres in the face of ongoing funding cuts.
As the company celebrates a record year, directors at the RSC said they would do what they could to keep the theatre alive.
It comes as the RSC reported a record year for income, despite another drop in funding from Arts Council England, which fell by a further £0.8m to £16.6m.
The regional theatres we work with across the country face more immediate challenges and we will continue to collaborate with and support them where we can.
Great regional theatre is crucial, not just to local audiences, but to the success of the national companies and the West End and we must do all we can to make the case for its future wellbeing.
- 1,459 performances of 25 productions
- 1.5 million people worldwide experienced the RSC in actio
- 420 actors worked and trained with the RSC during the year
- Increased the amount of self-generated income to 73 per cent
- Total income increased by 30 per cent to £62.6m
- Box office earnings increased by 75 per cent
- Fundraising income increased by 28 per cent
- 403,000 young people and teachers took part in the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced record results for the past year at its annual general meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The company's annual turnover topped £62million during the 2012/13 financial year, while Box Office earnings increased by a whopping 75 per cent, to £31.6m.
In total, 1.5m people watched an RSC production, with 1,459 performances of 25 shows performed around the world.
The company's success comes despite another drop in funding from Arts Council England, which fell by a further £0.8m to £16.6m.