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 […]
Teacher Jill Levick, from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace and it was great to talk to her about sharing Shakespeare with children as young as five years old.
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 fascinating to talk to Russell Emerson, Honorary Research & Artistic Associate in the Department of Perfromance Studies at The University of Sydney, when he visitited Shakespeare’s Birthplace. He and his wife, Heather Emerson, a Head Teacher, are both passionate about Shakespeare and they were happy to take time out in the garden and […]
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 […]
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 […]