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The Bard is on the Board! Shakespeare’s hometown gets very own Monopoly board

To pass go, or not to pass go?

That’s something that board gamers could be asking themselves as Shakespeare’s hometown gets its very own Monopoly board.

The Stratford-upon-Avon board Monopoly board is revealed! Credit: Alex Jones, Louie O'Shea & Ollie Gardner, Students / Stratford Upon Avon School

It has been a busy year for Stratford-Upon-Avon who marked the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in April.

Following the game’s announcement, speculation had been building up as to which of the town’s well-known landmarks would make it.

And it has all been decided by members of the public who have been casting their votes.

They’ve chosen Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage to land two of the board’s leading sites, Mayfair and Park Lane respectively.

Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage have been welcoming visitors from all over the world for hundreds of years and it feels right that they continue to remain the fabric of our town's historic identity.

– Philippa Rawlinson, Director of Operations and Marketing for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Juliet Short, at the launch event. Credit: Alex Jones, Louie O'Shea & Ollie Gardner, Students / Stratford Upon Avon School

In total, there will be 33 of the town’s iconic landmarks, including:

  • Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall
  • Shakespeare's New Place
  • Holy Trinity Church
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • The MAD Museum
The Monopoly Man arrives at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Credit: Alex Jones, Louie O'Shea & Ollie Gardner, Students / Stratford Upon Avon School

Other UK cities to get a Monopoly board include Derby, Lincoln and Wolverhampton.

And it's not the only board game popular with people in the Midlands...

Read more: Did you know Cluedo was created in the Midlands?