Shakespeare’s Birthplace was the only place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. One Romeo and Juliet wasn’t enough for us so we offered all our visitors the opportunity to perform a short version of the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s most romantic play. A very big thank you from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Living Shakespeare […]
Here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace we’re used to encountering people in costume – Tudor costume that is. Our guides and actors dress as ‘the middling sort’ and the professional players of Shakespeare’s England. What we weren’t expecting was a dash of 1940s glamour in our 16th century world – until singer and costume artist Fiona Harrison […]
If talking about Shakespeare was an olympic sport Tom from Finsbury Park would win a gold medal. He visited Shakepeare’s Birthplace with Gail from Newtown, Australia and it was a real pleasure to meet them both. Our conversation reminded me that what makes the Birthplace such a special place to be are the stories shared […]
We would like to wish all of you who have watched, liked,shared and appeared on www.livingshakespeare.com a very happy Twelfth Night! What better way to celebrate than with a scene from the play Shakespeare wrote to be performed on this night filmed in the house where he grew up. Actors Rich Bunn and Martin Smith […]
Five year old Jai and his Mum visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the summer and again this weekend. In between the two visits Jai had learnt five of Shakespeare’s sonnets and was eager to perform them for us. We filmed him reciting sonnet 18 – ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ – accompanied on […]
At this time of year, Shakespeare’s Birthplace feels particularly atmospheric and the house sometimes inspires wonderful spontaneous performances from visitors. The guides and actors really enjoyed welcoming Leicester folk singer Sheila Mosley and her daughter Amy to the Birthplace. When Sheila offered to sing a traditional song for us, everyone stopped to listen. The song […]
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.
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 […]
Liah from Goa visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace with her Dad. It was great to meet her and we hope she has happy memories of the sunny afternoon she spent talking to the guides in the house and hanging out with the actors in the garden.
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 […]