Living Shakespeare is one of the many online projects powered by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust , who is leading the world in democratising Shakespeare in the digital age. Almost one million people per year pay tribute to William Shakespeare by visiting his Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. Living Shakespeare is essentially a video-based project to capture the stories of some of these pilgrims, and ask them quite simply – why they made the voyage and what it means for them to be here. Every video is categorized by country in order to display the international impact of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and also to allow for easy viewing on a country by country basis. Our goal is capture at least 1,000 visitor stories per year and share those stories freely with anyone who has access to the internet. Please feel free to browse some of these stories, and let us know what you think.

Also, if you ever do visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, tap us on the shoulder, we’d love to meet you and interview you for the Living Shakespeare project.

Samantha Young's Profile

Samantha Young

I am the Operations Manager here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace managing the house guides and the Shakespeare Aloud actors. My first memories of Shakespeare are from my teens being encouraged by my parents to read and watch Shakespeare, despite my dyslexia whenever possible and learning monologues for my Lamda Acting exams. In my later studies in drama I have been fortunate enough to perform in some of Shakespeare’s plays Much a do about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at the Edinburgh Festival in Richard the III. Shakespeare has always been a part of my life and I hope you can see by watching these amazing video blogs the impact he continues to have on people from all around the world.

Clive's Profile

Clive Depper

I was trying to remember when I first became aware of William Shakespeare and the weird thing is for as long as I can remember. On a shelf amongst the many Neville Shute novels my mum read was a battered complete works of Shakespeare with illustrations. As a small child I would occasionally be brought to Stratford, always a magical place and my mum would proudly show me where she stayed on her honeymoon now M&S, and tell me on her wedding night she had gone to see a performance of Macbeth!

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Pat Davies

I am a Guide in Shakespeare’s Birthplace and responsible for supervising the other guides in the Birthplace, both members of staff and volunteers. My first experience of Shakespeare was at school as a teenager when we read ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and I was immediately hooked. I studied other Shakespearean plays whilst at school including ‘Macbeth’ and ‘King Lear’ and was one of the few people in school who loved Shakespeare. I was fortunate to study Renaissance history at the University of Warwick and hitch-hiked to nearby Stratford with my then boyfriend (now my long-suffering husband) to watch a performance of ‘As You Like It’ at the RSC for a pound – you stood at the back and if there were spare seats at the interval you could sit down! I love my job here at the Birthplace as it is an absolute privilege to meet people from all over the world on a daily basis with a passion for Shakespeare.