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Sonnet 44 – “I memorised it to comfort myself”

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It was a lovely sunny day when Natalie Smith from Brooklyn, New York, visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace here in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Natalie studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama when she first lived in England and talks beautifully about Shakespeare’s Sonnet 44 and what it meant to her as she adjusted to life in a […]

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Janice and Gary Stutte from Titusville, Florida, USA visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace

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Great to meet Janice and Gary from Florida.

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A Shakespearean graduation gift and an unexpected encounter with Patrick Stewart

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It was great to talk to Tom Walsh, Katia Garcia and Marla Zarate, from New York and Madrid, in the garden of Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

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Falling in love with Shakespeare can change your life…

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It was a real privilege to talk to Sharon Saxton from Orange County, Southern California about loving Shakespeare, teaching Shakespeare and her passion for his plays.

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“Very exciting for us girls living in the states” – Gena and Angela visit Shakespeare’s home

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It was great to talk to Gena and Angela from Florida and hear how much they enjoyed the experience of visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace.  Their warmth and enthusiasm were infectious and all of us guides got a real kick out of sharing our knowledge with them.

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Celebrating American Independence Day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

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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 […]

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Who doesn’t love the “the cross dressing, the yelling, the running around”?

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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 […]

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Youth Shakespeare Company from Boston

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It was a real delight to talk to Maisie, Kyra, Desiree and Olivia who had all been chosen to take part in a special summer programme for kids in the Boston area.  The scheme includes the opportunity to come to England, watch and perform Shakespeare and of course visit his birthplace here in Stratford upon […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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Today it is William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday and there has been something in the air here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace – something special.  The sunshine was unbroken, the sky a perfect blue and everywhere in the house and gardens people were  inspired to talk, perform and celebrate the life of the man who changed the world […]

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OLLI the duck visits Shakespeare’s Birthplace

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Here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace we’re used to visiting VIPs but a Very Important Duck is something new for us.  OLLI the duck is the mascot of the Furman University branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institution, which offers a programme of non credit classes at universities across America to adults over 50.  It was a […]