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Stratford-upon-Avon

discover the top things to see and do in Stratford-upon-Avon

This picturesque town in the heart of Warwickshire is most famous for being the home of William Shakespeare. Rich in history and culture, Stratford-upon-Avon is ideal for Shakespeare fans and history buffs alike. Discover endless historical and literary attractions, see a play at the RSC theatre, take a boat up the river,  or check out Europe's largest butterfly farm! It’s also a great destination for shopping, with quaint side streets packed with shops and boutiques. Whether you’re discovering the town’s historical roots or picnicking by the river, look to Stratford-upon-Avon for a fun day out or a unique weekend away.

Great events in Stratford-upon-Avon this week

Check out our top 10 events in and around Stratford-upon-Avon this week

Best things to do this week in Stratford-upon-Avon

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1 Salome

A Biblical prophet rejects the advances of King Herod's stepdaughter, Salome, filling her with a lust-driven desire for revenge. Oscar Wilde's one-act drama was originally banned in Britain and reinvents the dancer as a powerful and enigmatic figure. Directed by Owen Horsley with music by American artist Perfume Genius. Adult content and nudity.

When: Jun 2, 3, 5-10, 15, 16, 21-23, 28-30, Jul 4, 8, 12-14, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27-29, Aug 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 23-25, 29, 30, Sep 2, 4-6, 7.30pm, mat Jun 8, 1pm, Jun 10, 21, 24, 30, Jul 1, 5, 8, 19, 29, Aug 16, 19, 26, 1.30pm
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk

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2 Titus Andronicus

Rome is in a state of desperation and decay. Titus Andronicus has relinquished all powers, leaving the hub of the most prosperous and affluent empire in tatters. This is undoubtedly Shakespeare's most brutal play, depicting rape, cannibalism and murder. David Troughton performs the title role, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

When: Jun 23, 24, 26-30, Jul 1, 3, 5, 6, 11-13, 20, 21, 24, 25, 29, 31, Aug 5, 7, 22, 23, 26, Sep 2, 7.15pm, mats Jul 1, 6, 14, 20, Aug 24, 26, Sep 2, 1.15pm, Jul 4, Aug 9, 7pm, Aug 8, 1pm
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/titus-andronicus

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3 Vice Versa

Greek drama is well-known - Roman drama, less so. Phil Porter's riotous outing for the RSC is based on the comedies of Plautus, who lived approximately 200BC. It tells how a wily servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle their foolish master. Ellie Beaven is Voluptua, Bally Gill Marsupuis and Felix Hays General Braggadocio.

When: From May 11, May 11-13, 15-17, 19 & 20, 22-27, Jun 12-14, 17, 19 & 20, 24, 26 & 27, Jul 1, 3, 5-7, 10-12, 15, 19-21, Aug 1, 3-5, 9, 12, 16-18, 21 & 22, 26, 28, 31, Sep 1, 7-9, 7.30pm, mats May 20, 27, Jun 14, 17, 20, 28, Jul 12, 15, 22, Aug 5, 9, 12, 23, Sep 2, 9, 1.30pm, May 18, 1pm, 7pm, press night, audio-described perf Sep 2, 1.30pm, captioned perf Sep 9, ends Sep 9
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/vice-versa/about-the-play

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4 The Play's The Thing

A major exhibition celebrating the magic of Shakespeare on stage, with treasures from the RSC archives and museum collection going back 100 years. Try on virtual costumes with a magic costume mirror, take the Quick Change Challenge, see beautifully crafted costumes and props, and learn how magical and gory stage and sound effects are made.

When: Mon-Sun 10am, last adm 6pm, closed Sep 11-22, ongoing
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/the-plays-the-thing/about-the-exhibition

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5 Tudor World

An independent, award-winning museum that allows visitors to step back in time to Shakespeare's England. On Saturdays at 2pm, a costumed actor dressed as the Bard leads a walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and every evening, there is a spooky night-time guided tour of the building. Listen for spirits by flickering candlelight.

When: Mon-Sun 10.30am-5.30pm (ghost tours Mon-Fri, Sun 6pm, Sat 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm), closed Dec 25
Where: Tudor World, The Shrieves House Barn, 40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6EE
Contact: +44 (0)1789 298070
More Details: www.tudorworld.com

Pirate Of Penzance by Wanda Sowry at The MAD Museum.
Copyright: The MAD Museum. TICKETED

6 The MAD Museum

In the promotion and pursuit of technology, science, engineering and creativity, MAD offers interactive and engaging displays and exhibits of mechanical art. The museum boasts weird and wonderful contraptions, that invite visitors to push buttons, pull levers and interact with the expertly engineered designs and kinetic art.

When: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, last adm 4.30pm, Sat & Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-5.30pm, last adm 5pm, later closing during school hols
Where: The MAD Museum, 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6PT
Contact: +44 (0)1789 269356
More Details: www.themadmuseum.co.uk

FREE EVENT

7 Draw New Mischief

An exhibition which explores 250 years of Shakespeare's influence on political cartoons and the way we imagine the political world. Highlights include a 1846 cartoon showing Prime Minister Robert Peel as Caesar being murdered by his former allies and Morten Morland's recent depiction of David Cameron as Hamlet gazing at Boris Johnson's skull.

When: Feb 25-Sep 15, from 10am, closing times vary
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.rsc.org.uk/exhibitions/draw-new-mischief

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