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Magical dance-circus spectacular brings Shakespearian themes to life this Christmas

Midwinter Magic at Shakespeare’s New Place

Motionhouse Midwinter Magic

This festive season, Shakespeare’s New Place will be transformed into a magical winter dance-circus extravaganza that promises to delight, surprise and excite.

From 13 – 17 December, Midwinter Magic Dance-Circus Spectacular will take audiences on an intriguing journey through the contemporary gardens of Shakespeare’s New Place. Performers from award-winning dance-circus company, Motionhouse will bring New Place to life through a series of exciting dance and acrobatics inspired by timeless themes of Shakespeare’s work. Midwinter Magic promises to be a visual and physical feast with pure skill, spectacle and magical storytelling – a truly immersive after-dark theatrical experience.

Chloe Malendewicz, Manager at Shakespeare’s New Place said: “New Place was Shakespeare’s home during some of the most creative years of his life, and the space continues to inspire tremendous creativity and emotion. We’re thrilled to be working with Motionhouse to put on this visual and physical spectacle for visitors to enjoy this festive season. We wanted to use this event to open up a different perspective to Shakespeare and show how his themes can be explored in a contemporary and creative way. We can’t wait to see what magical acrobatic performances the dancers have in store for us.”

Louise Richards, Executive Director of Motionhouse said: “We are very excited to be working with Shakespeare’s New Place on Midwinter Magic. We are passionate fans of Shakespeare and are delighted to have the opportunity to use Shakespeare’s themes as inspiration for this exciting dance-circus production.”

Midwinter Magic Dance-Circus Spectacular runs at Shakespeare’s New Place from 13 – 17 December with two shows each evening – 5.30pm & 7.30pm, each lasting approximately an hour. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7 for children/concessions. Spaces are limited so early booking is advisable,

Other festive activities taking place across the Shakespeare Family Homes: (activities included in admission, unless otherwise stated)

Father Christmas at Hall’s Croft
Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
16 & 17 December, 12pm – 4pm

Tickets: £8 per child, adult goes free. (Price includes Christmas biscuit decorating activity in the café)

Father Christmas has travelled back in time to teach the Jacobite’s the wonders of Christmas. Little boys and girls can meet him and receive a special personalised gift and take part in hands on activities.

After Hours -Tudor Christmas
Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
16 December (5.30pm – 6.30pm)

Tickets: £8 per person

Have a very merry Tudor Christmas this year at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of our After Hours events programme. Let our resident Tudor guide Sharon Lippett reveal the Christmas traditions that shaped a Tudor household and try the foods that adorned the Christmas day table


Christmas Critters with Zoolab
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
21 December, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3.30pm

Bring your Shakespearian learning to life with the help of some curious creatures at the ZooLab Tudor Storytelling Workshop. See, meet and touch the animals that would have crossed Shakespeare’s path.

Christmas Wassail Tour
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
16 - 24 December, 12pm – 4pm

Join us for a magical tour around Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Let our expert guides bring Tudor Christmas to life in Shakespeare’s family home and enjoy some homemade wassail as you go!


Tudor Music Performances
Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
15, 22 & 29 December and 5 January, 12pm – 4pm

Watch the wonderful Peas Pottage group perform a selection of traditional and festive Tudor Music in the stunning Jacobean surroundings of Hall’s Croft.

Visitor Information

The Shakespeare Family Homes are open 363 days a year (Shakespeare’s Birthplace opens every day except Christmas Day; seasonal opening at Mary Arden’s Farm). A Full Story Ticket with entry to all five Shakespeare houses is £22.50 for adults, £14.50 for children and £59.50 for families (2 adults & up to 4 children, under 3s go free). Tickets are great value with free unlimited entry for 12 months and 10% discount when you book online. For more information and to plan your visit, see


About the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites 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 public subsidy or direct revenue funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends. For more information, visit

About Motionhouse - Pushing Movement to its Limits since 1988 

Motionhouse creates and tours a wide range of inspiring and powerful dance-circus productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe. The company’s distinctive, highly physical style integrates elements of circus and acrobatics with breath-taking dance to surprise and delight audiences, using powerful narrative and incredible digital imagery. Its latest thrilling multimedia production ‘Charge’, exploring the role of electricity in the human body is on tour in the UK and further afield throughout 2017 and 2018. Motionhouse also offers a vibrant programme of education and training activities for all ages, including classes, post-show discussions, workshops in schools and a range of professional development opportunities. Based in Leamington Spa, Motionhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.