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Famous Beyond Words Exhibition

Meet the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world

For four centuries Shakespeare’s work has fascinated people of all ages and backgrounds. This introductory exhibition at Shakespeare’s Birthplace explores the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. Discover what sparked his imagination and how he continues to shape our lives today.

Famous Beyond Words shines a spotlight on William’s early life on Henley Street, including his family life and that of his father John, his education and the books he read that later went on to influence his plays.

Artefacts on display reveal the everyday household objects that Shakespeare would have been familiar with, including pewterware, Tudor pottery and wooden toys. The exhibition also gives a fascinating insight into John Shakespeare’s trade as a glove maker and his role in public office.

The Shakespeare & Me section celebrates creativity inspired by Shakespeare and the variety of personal ways people can and do respond to his work. With the help of contributors from around the world, Shakespeare and Me tells individual stories of inspiration from throughout history up to the modern day.

Our exciting exhibition sets the scene for your visit to the place where Shakespeare’s story began.

Famous Beyond Words is funded by the DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund

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