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Shakespeare’s Birthplace Take Part in Nationwide Flash Mob to Celebrate 10 Years of Shakespeare Week


Stratford-upon-Avon played host to a special performance inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays on Monday 18 March, as Shakespeare’s Birthplace became the stunning backdrop for the start of a nationwide commemoration of Shakespeare Week – the annual, national celebration of Shakespeare in primary schools, which is marking its 10th anniversary this week.

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Children from St Gregory's Catholic Primary School showcased their Shakespearian learning and participated in a nationwide flashmob, joining students from across the UK, with an exciting performance inspired by Romeo and Juliet on Henley Street, outside of Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Led by Ascension Dance Company, the story of Romeo and Juliet, was told through the art of street dance.

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"It is exciting to be collaborating with so many cultural organisations and schools across the UK to launch Shakespeare Week celebrations. It’s thrilling to see our partners and schools come together and be part of the flash mobs.

‘’This year is important as we mark 10 years of Shakespeare Week. Over the past 10 years, we have reached hundreds of thousands of children and teachers, helping to make children’s first experience with Shakespeare a positive one, and we look forward to continuing to impact the lives of new generations through the power of Shakespeare."

Added Sally Gray, Shakespeare Week Project Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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Organised and delivered by independent charity the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, this year, Shakespeare Week is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is inviting all schools, families and children nationwide to take part in celebrations.

This flash mob marked the start of celebrations, running from 18-24 March 2024. Throughout the week, there will be several events in libraries and cultural organisations across the country, and of course in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. With free-to-access activities and resources for teachers and home-educators available at