The Countdown to Shakespeare Week


Only 28 sleeps to Shakespeare Week!


17 February 2014

17th – 23rd March 2014

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There’s only one month to go until primary school children up and down the UK will be picking up their quills ready to take part in the first annual Shakespeare Week, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Over 2000 schools have now signed up join in the celebrations with many more expected to hop on board as the countdown continues.

Children as young as 7 will be taking their first steps with Shakespeare and delving deep into his world across every subject, from making a Tudor banquet to learning facts about the gruesome plague flea. Their adventures will break beyond the walls of the classroom with a ‘Passport to Shakespeare’ that gives them exclusive discounts and access to special family events, exhibitions and productions taking place at the theatres, museums, libraries, galleries and historic sites joining what will be a UK-wide Shakespeare takeover.

The new annual celebration is being launched by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the year marking the playwright's 450th birthday and takes place from 17th-23rd March.

Start planning your Shakespeare Week feature or broadcast:

  • Find out what schools are getting up to
  • Speak to a Shakespeare ‘know it all’
  • Access images, animations and short films
  • Speak to the children at the heart of the celebrations and the teachers bringing the bard to life in the classroom
  • Raid our resources including Tudor trivia, quizzes and activities, available to download for free at www.shakespeareweek.org.uk

Get in touch with nancy.collantine@fidopr.co.uk or rose.allerston@fidopr.co.uk, T: 0161 274 3311

Notes to Editors:

Shakespeare Week is supported by public funding from Arts Council England (ACE). The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was awarded £150,000 from the ACE Renaissance Strategic Fund to support the first two Shakespeare Weeks in 2014 and 2015.

About the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust:

  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites, the five Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world.
  • The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages.
  • It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance.
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no regular direct government funding or public subsidy; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, grant funders, volunteers and Friends.
  • For further information visit www.shakespeare.org.uk