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Sharing Shakespeare’s Birthday

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It was brilliant to bump into Lorraine Marples from Lutterworth when she visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace on the Bard’s 450th birthday.  She shares not only the great man’s birthday but also his love of words.

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Life’s better when you’re rocking a ruff

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In Shakespeare’s time, all stylish Elizabethans held one firm conviction –  the bigger your ruff, the better your day.  Which is why it was such a joy to see the garden of Shakespeare’s Birthplace brought alive on his 450th birthday by visitors like 11 year old Jacob Taylor from Yardley Wood, who dropped in at […]

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All the best people came to Shakespeare’s Birthplace for “Bill’s birthday”

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On the day William Shakespeare turned 450 years old,  all the best people were inspired to come and join us here at the Birthplace and it was a real pleasure to spend time in the company of Christine and Douglas Cavigan from Balsall Common.  As Douglas explained, “wifey got up this morning, she said ‘it’s […]

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It’s easy to learn facts about Shakespeare when you’re dressed as a Tudor

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Here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace we celebrate Shakespeare every day but on his 450th birthday we wanted to do something extra special.  Some of us guides and actors are already in period costume and so we decided to offer our  younger visitors the chance to join our Tudor party and dress up for the occasion.   […]

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Five year old Joe proves Shakespeare Week works

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Five year old Joe’s Nan told me he knew lots about Shakespeare and she was right.  It was great to meet Joe and his friends and family – including three year old Lucas and nine year old Briony – when they visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace on the Bard’s 450th birthday.  What a brilliant bonus to discover […]

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Happy Birthday Mr William Shakespeare from Shakespeare’s Birthplace

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Here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace we have celebrated Mr William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in style and  at the end of this very special day we felt it was time to raise a glass to the man himself.  Actor Martin Smith does the honours while singing one of William Shakespeare’s most rousing drinking songs. All of us actors and […]

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The Birthplace Fool, The Birthplace Apothecary and Assistant Witches cast the spell from Macbeth

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Over the Easter holidays the Birthplace has been lucky enough to obtain the valuable services of our very own Birthplace Fool and Birthplace Apothecary.  This troublesome twosome are helped out by members of the RSPC – Royal Shakespeare Puppet Company – and have found our younger visitors are particularly adept at assisting with the casting […]

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Gemma Fairlie – Director of Shakespeare Aloud

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Director Gemma Fairlie has been working with the Birthplace in-house acting troupe Shakespeare Aloud for the last few weeks, preparing for an exciting summer of unique performances of some of the greatest scenes and speeches from Shakespeare’s plays.  As a Shakespeare specialist, Gemma’s knowledge of and passion for the art of acting in the period […]

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Visitors from Bromsgrove

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I asked this lovely couple from Bromsgrove whether this was their first visit to the Birthplace and they told me they had been before – 50 years ago!  Our conversation turned into a  wonderful opportunity to reflect on how the Birthplace has changed in that time and hear some amazing memories of truly historic performances […]

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Johanna and Britta from Cologne, Germany

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A gorgeous day at the Birthplace and Johanna and Britta from Cologne Germany took the chance to sit outside in the garden.  They were not only great company but also most illuminating about the influence of the German language on some of the words and grammar used by Shakespeare.  It is worth pointing out that […]