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Celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

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On April 23rd 1564 William Shakespeare was born in a house on Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.  Exactly 450 years later, in the garden of the very same house, visitors from around the world gathered to celebrate the Bard’s big birthday.  The atmosphere was full of joy and we hope that the birthday blogs on Living Shakespeare […]

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“Shakespeare must be so proud to share a birthday with my aunt!”

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If you share a birthday with William Shakespeare there’s only one place to be on April 23rd and that’s here in the house where he was born on Henley Street  in Stratford upon Avon.  ”Shakespeare must be so proud to share a birthday with my aunt!” said Campbell McKegg from New Zealand when he and […]

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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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Visitors from Thailand celebrate 450 years of Shakespeare

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On William Shakespeare’s Birthday we welcomed visitors from all over the world to his Birthplace here in Stratford -upon-Avon. It was great to meet two Shakespeare fans from Thailand who were happy to don a couple of cloaks from our special Tudor dressing up tent and wish the great man a happy birthday.

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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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From RADA to the Bard – drama students visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace

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RADA students Fehinti Balogun and Jordon Stevens visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace and blew us away with their verve, energy and love of Shakespeare’s words.  Between them they name checked Taming of the Shrew, King John, Two Noble Kinsman, Venus and Adonis and Othello and made all of those 400 year old texts sound as if they […]