Thousands are expected to turn out on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon for a special 'Shakespeare 400' birthday parade.Read the full story ›
The power of William Shakespeare's writing is to be honoured with a special set of stamps marking the 400th anniversary of his death.Read the full story ›
Stratford-upon-Avon has been named one of the best global destinations for 2016 in a new Lonely planet guide.
The town in Warwickshire, and birthplace of William Shakespeare, is running events this year to mark 400 years since his death.
Events include the reopening of New Place where Shakespeare lived for the last 19 years of his life and the Royal Shakespeare Company will host a 'major' new exhibition immersing visitors in the history of Shakespeare and theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The book features 31 of the 'best new openings and attractions across the globe for 2016.
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David Cameron has been urged to create a national day to commemorate the birth of playwright William Shakespeare.
The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth has been celebrated in recent days, leading to the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon to make the request to the prime minister.
Mr Cameron disclosed to MPs that he was inspired and driven on by Henry V's speech before the Battle of Agincourt.
In a lengthy question which appeared to have taken inspiration from Shakespeare's works, Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi referred to the Prime Minister as he said:
"Could this right honourable man, the captain of our state, lend his help to make our national poet's birth a national day, and could he disclose before the House what Shakespeare means to him?"
Mr Cameron replied: "Can I thank you for that beautifully and brilliantly crafted question about the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.
It is a moment for celebration, not just here in Britain but all across the world, where Shakespeare's works are getting a wider and wider understanding and distribution.
I won't attempt the quotes you have brought out in your question.
But I would say to any politician, if you read Henry V's speech before Agincourt - if that doesn't inspire and drive you on, I can't think what does."
A 20ft Lady Godiva puppet will join in the Shakespeare 450th birthday celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon.Read the full story ›
Jacqueline Green, from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, says children are not worried about the language of Shakespeare, because they pick up on the emotion and storyline of William Shakespeare's works.
She was speaking as the playwright's town, Stratford-upon-Avon celebrates his 450th birthday.
Bell ringers at the Holy Trinity church in Stratford are taking part in Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations.
The church itself is known as 'Skakespeare's Church', as it is where he was baptised. He is also buried within the chancel.
Ringing Master, Charles Wilson, explains some of the history of bell ringing at the church.
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.