Shakespeare Celebration Events
With tomorrow; 23rd April, marking the 400 year anniversary of the great ‘Bards’ death and the 26th April his birthday, we are being asked to help with information on events taking place to celebrate his life and death.
Perhaps the most accessible for everyone is the BBC who are running a month long series of Shakespeare programs across all their TV and Radio stations. One that is of particular interest is tomorrow on BBC 2 and is a live screening from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Shakespears home town of Stratford-upon-Avon and performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Shakespeare live from the Royal Shakespeare Theater
David Tennant hosts a unique event, broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2016.
The Royal Shakespeare Company joins forces with BBC TV to host a celebration of Shakespeare’s work and his legacy, broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon – the town where Shakespeare was born, lived and died.
The event will be screened live on BBC Two on Saturday, 23 April 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Hosted by David Tennant, featuring a variety bill inspired by Shakespeare and performed by major international talent, it will celebrate Shakespeare’s enduring influence on all the performing art forms from opera to jazz, from ballet to musicals.
Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, says: “Our ambition is to get more people excited about Shakespeare than ever before – through drama, great performance, documentary; festivals and social media too. We’re partnering with talent right across the country and delighted to be working with the RSC. 2016 is going to be the biggest celebration of Shakespeare we’ve ever put on – for everyone.
Extracted from the BBC and for more reading visit their web-page
Above Shakespears birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon
More information about Stratford-Upon-Avon
Shakespeare is synonymous with the area of South Warwickshire which covers historic Warwick and Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon and further down the county towards the Cotswolds
Stratford District comprises of rolling countryside, bustling market towns, historic mansions and pretty little villages. These are just some of the attractions portrayed to the 5.5 million of visitors who come here each year.
Many visitors come to pay homage to William Shakespeare, born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, and to get a glimpse of life in 16th century England through the five Shakespeare properties that are preserved in and around the town by Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust.
The Shakespeare connection is renowned throughout the world, and much of the District’s economy relies on the tourism generated by the ‘Bard’.
But not everything revolves around Shakespeare and the Stratford District lays claim to numerous historic connections: Captain Scott spent his last days in England at Binton before departing for his fateful expedition of the Antarctic; Novelist and the first Fleet Street agony aunt, Ursula Bloom, grew up in Whitchurch; and Peter de Montfort, head of the family who built their castle in Beaudesert, was the first elected speaker of the English Parliament.
Extracted from and for further reading visit the official Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council tourist information
Here are some useful links for Shakespeare Events and Tours