Shakespeare 400

A performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and this special anniversary year is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in everything Shakespeare and uncover the man behind the legend. Pay a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon and explore the place he called home, from visiting the newly opened Shakespeare's Schoolroom where his inspiration to write came into fruition, to enjoying one of The Bard’s legendary plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and catch one of many special Shakespearian performances in Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle and London.

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See open-air Shakespeare plays in Lincolnshire

See open-air Shakespeare plays in Lincolnshire

If your only experience of Shakespeare is being bored rigid in a school classroom, then it’s about time you gave the great Bard another chance.

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

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Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Every autumn the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) heads north to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for their annual season.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s special birthday bash in his own hometown

Celebrate Shakespeare’s special birthday bash in his own hometown

Celebrate 400 years of the Bard's lasting legacy at the spectacular street party that is Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Step back in time to Shakespeare's family farm

Step back in time to Shakespeare's family farm

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real Tudor farm at Mary Arden's Farm and try your hand at archery.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Pay a visit to Anne Hathaway’s family home - the place William Shakespeare courted his future wife.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Celebrate The Bard in Birmingham

Celebrate The Bard in Birmingham

This year some of Birmingham’s most esteemed institutions will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the ‘Our Shakespeare’ season.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Experience life the Shakespearian way

Experience life the Shakespearian way

Visit the historic attractions of Shakespeare’s England and see the places that played a role in the playwright’s life.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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'Page to Stage' tours at the RSC's The Other Place

'Page to Stage' tours at the RSC's The Other Place

Take a tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Visit New Place, Shakepeare's final home

Visit New Place, Shakepeare's final home

Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps in the site of his final home, New Place.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery holds a vital key to what Shakespeare looked like, with what may be the only portrait of the bard painted from life.

Location: Charing Cross, Greater London

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Celebrate Shakespeare 400 in Bristol

Celebrate Shakespeare 400 in Bristol

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy with events and performances across Bristol.

Location: Bristol

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Combine culture with Warwickshire’s great outdoors

Combine culture with Warwickshire’s great outdoors

Celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

See Shakespeare acted out in the open air, part of this summer’s theatre programme on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island in Dorset.

Location: Poole Harbour, Dorset

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Watch Shakespeare’s legacy come alive in Bankside London

Watch Shakespeare’s legacy come alive in Bankside London

Learn about the history of Shakespeare’s Globe with a guided tour before enjoying some of the most famous plays ever written.

Location: London

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Have a VIP Royal Shakespeare Company experience

Have a VIP Royal Shakespeare Company experience

Get the full VIP experience at the Royal Shakespeare Theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Woo your true love in Stratford-upon-Avon

Woo your true love in Stratford-upon-Avon

Relax by the river, recite a romantic sonnet, indulge yourself in Shakespeare’s England. It is a heavenly break for you and your true love.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for the chance to see a play performed in the Bard’s own hometown.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Summer 2016 sees the opening of Shakespeare's Schoolroom to the public for the first time.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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