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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.

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1 The Two Noble Kinsmen

Shakespeare sometimes wrote in partnership and this rarely performed tragicomedy was crafted with his contemporary and King's Men successor, John Fletcher. The plot concerns two best friends, who fall in love with the same woman. Directed by Blanche McIntyre.

When: Aug 17-20, 22-23, 25-27, 29-31, Sep 1-3, 19-21, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, Oct 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27, 28, Nov 1, 5, 7, 10, 11, 15-17, 19, Dec 7, 15, 16, 19, 20, 28, Jan 3, 10, 14, 20, 25-27, Feb 4, 6, 7, 7.30pm, Aug 24, 7pm, mats Aug 27, Sep 3, 21, 24, 27, Oct 5, 8, 19, 29, Nov 2, 12, Dec 7, 28, Jan 4, 11, 14, 21, 1.30pm, captioned perf Nov 2, audio-described perf Nov 12
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-two-noble-kinsmen

A promotional image for The Seven Acts Of Mercy.
Copyright: RSC. TICKETED

2 The Seven Acts Of Mercy

Anders Lustgarten's visceral drama moves between Carraggio's Rome and present-day Bootle, on Merseyside, to tell the story of a retired dock worker and his grandson. Containing scenes of an adult nature, The Seven Acts Of Mercy asks questions about the power of art to unite family and society, and the usefulness of compassion. Directed by Erica Whyman.

When: Nov 24-26, 29-30, Dec 2-3, 8-10, 12-13, 17, 21-22, 29, Jan 6, 11-13, 16-17, 21, 23, 28, Feb 1-3, 9, 10, 7.30pm, Dec 1, 7pm press perf, mats Dec 3, 10, 13, 17, 21, Jan 7, 18, 28, Feb 1, 4, 1.30pm, Dec 1, 1pm, mat perf Dec 13 understudy run, captioned perf Jan 12, audio-described perf Jan 18, post-show talk Jan 23, 7.30pm, audio-described eve perf Jan 28
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-seven-acts-of-mercy

Stratford Town Walk. TICKETED

3 The Stratford Town Walk

Local professional guides lead an award-winning walking tour along the historic spine of ancient Stratford-upon-Avon. Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps from The Birthplace to the site of New Place, the beautiful Hall's Croft and his grave in Holy Trinity Church. The walk is wheelchair friendly and you don't need to book in advance.

When: Mon-Sun 11am, Sat & Sun 2pm, Dec 25, 10.30am
Where: Swan Fountain, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BA
More Details: www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk

FREE EVENT

4 Conduct The Storm

Shakespeare's play The Tempest starts with the magician Prospero summoning a mighty storm. Now, with the help of London-based creative agency Flying Object, you too can conduct a storm using gestures and physical actions. The cutting-edge technology comes courtesy of Intel.

When: From Nov 8, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm, closed Dec 25, Jan 1, ends Jan 21
Where: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6BB
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 1110
More Details: www.weareflyingobject.com

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5 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: From Oct 22, Mon-Sun 10am, last adm 6pm, closed Dec 25, Jan 1, 9-15, booking to Sep 10
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

Simon Russell Beale attending the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards in partnership with The Ivy, at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas.
Copyright: PA Archive/PA Images. TICKETED

6 The Tempest

Simon Russell Beale plays Prospero in a cutting-edge production directed by Gregory Doran. Shakespeare's valedictory drama - he retired soon after - tells the story of a magician marooned on an island. But Prospero's wizardry is nothing compared with the technical wonders that are being summoned on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon.

When: Nov 8-9, 11-12, 14-16, 18-19, 21-26, 28-Dec 3, 5, 6-10, 12-17, 19-23, 27-31, Jan 2-3, 5-7, 9, 12-14, 16-21, 7.15pm, Nov 17, 7pm press perf, mat Nov 19, 24, 26, Dec 1, 3, 7-8, 10, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31, Jan 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 1.15pm, Jan 10, 1pm, Jan 11, 7pm
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-tempest

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

7 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: Jan 9-31, Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Wed, times vary, please check, Sat & Sun 10am-5.00pm, Feb 1-Sep 30, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-5.30pm, longer opening during school hols, last adm 45 mins before closing
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

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8 Shakespeare's New Place

A preserved garden space on the site of Shakespeare's death in 1616, which reveals the footprint of the Shakespeare family home and includes commissioned artworks and displays that illuminate the playwright's family life and the major works he wrote during the 19 years he owned New Place.

When: Aug 29-Oct 30, Mon-Sun 9am-5pm, Oct 31-Mar 19, Mon-Sun 10am-4pm
Where: Shakespeare's New Place, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6EP
Contact: +44 (0)1789 292325
More Details: www.shakespeare.org.uk

Margaret Ford, International Head of Books and Manuscripts at Christie's, holds an unrecorded copy of Shakespeare's First Folio ahead of a sale at the auction house in London on May 25. The First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, includes 36 plays, 18 of which had not been previously printed and would have otherwise been lost forever, and is estimated at £800,000 to £1,200,000. TICKETED

9 Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall

The young Shakespeare very likely took his lessons with 40 other boys in a room above the municipal offices where his father, a Guild member, also spent time. The medieval building survived the upheavals of the Reformation and, incredibly, remains an actively used part of King Edward VI School. Visit to try your hand at Latin and quill writing.

When: Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, during term time, 10am-5pm, outside term time, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, except Dec 24, 10am-1.30pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Dec 27-31, Jan 1, 10am-5pm, ongoing
Where: Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6HB
More Details: www.shakespearesschoolroom.org

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