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Behind the scenes: Sonnet Ribbons

Shakespeare's family homes

In the summer of 1592, London suffered an outbreak of the plague. Public gathering places, including theatres, were shut down to stop it spreading. Theatre companies went on tour to carry on working, but Shakespeare stayed behind.

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Behind the scenes: The King’s Ship

Shakespeare's family homes

It’s said that in many ways Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’ is a very autobiographical work. There is also reason to believe that he wrote it while in residence at New Place, and today’s behind-the-scenes preview celebrates that.

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