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The Globe Summer Season, Stratford Literary Festival & Shakespeare Day – April 2017

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon where Shakespeare is buried

It’s a bumper weekend for Shakespeare fans in England this week. As well as celebrating St George’s Day this Sunday, 23rd April is also a day for commemorating England’s greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare.

Kicking off proceedings a day early, the Globe theatre in London opens its Summer of Love season on Saturday with the first performance of Daniel Kramer’s Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Southbank is a reconstruction of the Globe theatre where Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. A visit here is a truly unique and special experience for any theatre fan, transporting you back to Tudor England to enjoy Shakespeare as it was meant to be.

On Sunday, Stratford-Upon-Avon, famous birthplace of the Bard, will mark Shakespeare day in traditional style. The bells of Holy Trinity Church will be rung in honour of the town’s most famous son and the Mayor will lead a procession to lay flowers on his grave. They will also be honouring Shakespeare Day by kicking off the annual Stratford Literary Festival.

The Stratford Literary Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is a fantastic celebration of Britain’s literary heritage as well as its contemporary talents in the field. This year, guests will have the opportunity to hear from best-selling authors such as Tracy Chevalier and Malorie Blackman, celebrated poet Simon Armitage, and TV-chef Mary Berry.

The festival lasts until 30th April and there are a whole host of events and entertainments scheduled throughout the week. Of the many delights on offer we highly recommend Austentatious, an ingenious improvised comedy show inspired by the works of Jane Austen. You can take a look at the whole programme here.

It’s the perfect time to make your Shakespeare pilgrimage, you can see the famous Chandos portrait in London’s National Portrait or visit Shakespeare’s beloved family house in the heart of his home town. For more inspiration take a look at our Shakespeare itineraries or read the blog from our visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon.


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