Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary
Published 04/05/2016, by Pinar
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This year will be 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest and most influential playwright. Celebrations of his life and work are taking place worldwide so why not take part too? Our 2FOR1 offers on Shakespeare attractions offer some dramatic savings. So the question is, what to see or not to see?
Shakespeare was born in this house in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564 (the exact date is unknown) and lived here until he was a married man. He was one of eight siblings raised by John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. Costumed guides will show you around the house and reveal the family's colourful history while his plays are brought to life by Shakespeare Aloud! - a troupe of actors who even take requests. A 9-metre timeline of his plays are displayed in a giant wall book while an exhibition of objects, books and documents from his early life reveal what inspired and influenced him. If you’re an Elvis fan you go to Graceland.
If you love Shakespeare, you need to come here!
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Anne Hathaway began courting the young Shakespeare when she was 26 and he was just 18. The beginnings of their courtship took place while she lived with her family at this beautiful thatched Tudor home in nine acres of picturesque grounds, orchards and woodlands. The house contains original family furniture, and guides will tell you the Hathaway/Shakespeare story. But you can guess some of what happened as just six months after they married they had Susanna, the first of their three children.
Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition and Tour
If you can’t get to Stratford-upon-Avon, fear not. There’s plenty of opportunity to celebrate the Bard in London. The Globe theatre is a replica of the 1599 Globe in which Shakespeare had a share. It thrived for 14 years presenting many of his best plays but accidentally burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt but closed in 1642 and eventually demolished. In the 1990s a replica of the Globe was built on the South Bank, a few yards from the original site. The Globe houses a permanent exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s life and work and his time at the Globe. There is a full programme of events for “Shakespeare 400” so check its website.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre Tower
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is one of three Royal Shakespeare Company theatres in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The theatre’s tower affords panoramic views over Stratford and there is an exhibition in its walls and alcoves as you make your way down the stairs.