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Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon

Enjoy live performances and workshops to celebrate Shakespeare's 458th birthday. Plus free entry for CV37 residents!

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April, 10am – 5pm

Free entry to Shakespeare’s Family Homes for CV37 residents

In celebration of Shakespeare’s 458th birthday, Stratford-upon-Avon (CV37) residents can enjoy free entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place during the weekend 23 and 24 April, 10am - 5pm. Simply present your proof of address at the ticket desk.


Saturday 23 April

Musical performance by K’antu Ensemble

Throughout the morning, K’antu Ensemble will perform an eclectic musical performance outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street. This versatile, intriguing and multi-talented vocal/instrumental ensemble are known for the uniqueness of their sound, combining elements of folk and world music with historically-informed techniques.

K’antu Ensemble will also deliver interactive performances and workshops during the afternoon in the garden of Shakespeare’s New Place. Free workshops available to visitors to Shakespeare's New Place.


Sunday 24 April 2022

Welcombe Hills Walk - Shakespeare and Wildlife

Join us for a guided walk across the Welcombe Hills led by guides from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Part of our Sustainable Shakespeare programme, the walk offers an opportunity to connect Shakespeare’s work with the natural world and learn more about his direct links to the landscape and the wildlife in the area. The walk starts at Rowley Fields and lasts around 2hrs. Pre booking essential. Tickets available here.


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Friday 22 April, 4.30pm

The Shakespeare Birthday Lecture - Stormy Weather: Shakespeare in a Changing Climate

Join Professor Sir Jonathan Bate CBE, Professor of Environmental Humanities (Literature), Arizona State University as he presents this year's Shakespeare Birthday Lecture on the subject of Shakespeare in a Changing Climate. This year's Shakespeare Birthday Lecture will be co-hosted by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

Please note: The Shakespeare Birthday Lecture is a digital event hosted live on Zoom.

Tickets are £10 and booking is essential. Find out more.

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