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The Festival of Lost & Found

Presented by Talking Birds

Discover the greatest show that never happened!

When The Festival of Lost & Found pitches up in the garden of Shakespeare’s last home, nothing is quite as it seems.

Friendly showpeople invite you to grab a drink and marvel at the tantalising smells, sights and sounds of their  musical midwinter encampment.  But as you wander among the tents you might wonder if they're telling you the whole story... Bedecked with bunting and dodging the showers, our hapless cast are determined to put on the best show they can: but with the rain delaying their star performer, mulberry tokens going missing, and a stolen poem to deal with - they’ve certainly got their work cut out. They must unravel two and a half centuries of stories and piece together the clues, enlisting your help to bring to life the greatest show that never happened!

250 years after heavy rain and floods washed out David Garrick's legendary Shakespeare pageant in Stratford, Talking Birds pulls together an immersive, festive theatrical experience for all the family - whatever the weather.

                             Standard Price             

Adult:                     £12.00                        
Child:                     £8.00                          
Concession:          £10.00**                    
Family Ticket:        £32.00^                    
Friends:                 £10.00                        

Performance information: 

Wednesday 11 December at 6pm      - BOOK NOW: 11 December
Thursday 12 December at 6pm           - BOOK NOW: 12 December
Friday 13 December at 4pm               - BOOK NOW: 13 December Matinee
Friday 13 December at 6pm               - BOOK NOW: 13 December
Saturday 14 December at 4pm          - BOOK NOW: 14 December Matinee
Saturday 14 December at 6pm          - BOOK NOW: 14 December
Sunday 15 December at 4pm             - BOOK NOW: 15 December

The site and performance are fully accessible for wheelchair users.

All performances are relaxed and suitable for all ages.

All performances will be captioned (subtitled) using the Difference Engine

A British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter will accompany the performance at 6pm on Saturday 14 December.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue: Shakespeare's New Place, 22 Chapel St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP

A charming midwinter theatrical experience for all the family, The Festival of Lost & Found is brought to you by Coventry-based theatre company, Talking Birds and supported by Arts Council England.

Book your tickets online, at any of Shakespeare's family homes or by calling 01789 201806

^ Family ticket: two adults and two child tickets. Applies automatically in basket.
** Concession: Over 60s, students in full time education and visitors with disabilities.

Carers get free admission when accompanying the person they care for. Please add this ticket to the basket last.

See our full winter programme > 

We want your Shakespeare Birthplace Trust visit to be as enjoyable as possible, do let us know if you have any additional access requirements and we will do our very best to accommodate these as best we can. For more information please call 01789 201806 or visit

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