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.
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 […]
Wonderful conversations and unforgettable encounters happen every day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and sometimes we get the chance to capture them on film and share them on the blog. Ten year old Kisakye and his nine year old sister Kirabo, from Bushey in Hertfordshire, visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace with their Mother and Grandmother and brought the house […]
One of the biggest sellers in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Bookshop this month is William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher – the story of the first Star Wars film re-told in Darth Vader defying verse. Two of our in-house actors, John Robert Partridge and Richard Bunn, were inspired to perform a scene from this […]
Michelle from London, the First Folio and the beauty of an unhealthy relationship with a dead poet!
It was brilliant to talk to ten year old Clara and her six year old brother Lucas about their visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace . Our conversation and their wave at the end seems to put a smile even on William Shakespeare’s face.