To celebrate William and Anne’s 431st wedding anniversary, Shakespeare Aloud actor, Martin Smith, performs William Shakespeare’s most romantic sonnet – number 116. The song he begins with was specially written to accompany Ferdinand and Miranda’s betrothal in a production of the Tempest – music and words by Gloucestershire based singer songwriter, Johnny Coppin.
After a sell out of performance of Macbeth on Saturday night by Shakespeare Aloud, actor Martin Smith revisits the Porter scene to mark the day on which we all celebrate the foiling of the Gunpowder plot in 1605. Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in the shadow of Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Palace of Westminster […]
If you can’t get tickets to see David Tennant as Richard ll at the RSC do the next best thing – come to Shakespeare’s Birthplace here in Stratford upon Avon and perform one of the iconic speeches from the play on our mini stage in the garden and soak up the applause yourself. Which is […]
On Saturday November 2nd at 6pm, a powerful and stripped back version of Macbeth will be performed by Shakespeare Aloud in the Queen Elizabeth Hall of the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street. Stratford-upon-Avon. It will be a unique opportunity to see the troupe of professional players who act daily at Shakespeare’s Birthplace bring this most compelling […]
One of the biggest sellers in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Bookshop this month is William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher – the story of the first Star Wars film re-told in Darth Vader defying verse. Two of our in-house actors, John Robert Partridge and Richard Bunn, were inspired to perform a scene from this […]
Angelika Shernthaner from Austria teaches English and German literature up to A level and visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Treasures Exhibition here in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend. It was fascinating to talk to her about the pleasures of teaching the ‘timeless themes’ of Shakespeare’s plays and how it felt to visit the town that shaped his […]
It was great to have the time to catch up with visitors to Shakespeare’s Birthplace here in Stratford-upon-Avon on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. Arthur and Elena Quing had come for the day from Walsall and it was a real pleasure to talk to them.
World Cat Day is celebrated around the world on August 8th. Here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace it gave us the perfect excuse to entertain our regular feline visitor, Angus, with one of Shakespeare’s loveliest sonnets. Shakespeare Aloud actor, John Robert Partridge, attempts to compare the cat to a summer’s day. We’re not sure if Angus was […]
There was only one way to celebrate American Independence Day here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon – with a unique performance of the scene from The Comedy of Errors which includes the only mention of America in all of Shakespeare’s plays. The sun shone, the visitors applauded and actors Martin Smith and Richard Bunn from […]
Shakespeare super fan Ella from America visited the Birthplace on her 19th birthday and lit up the building with her passion for Shakespeare and her insight into his female roles. Having played Viola and Puck and loved ”the cross dressing, the yelling, the running around,” she talks eloquently about why Lady Macbeth is her dream […]