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Shakespeare’s year in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the full programme for its year-long festival of all Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and long poems in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the full programme for its year-long festival of all Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and long poems in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Complete Works Festival starts on the bard’s birthday (April 23) and brings together 23 RSC shows, 17 international productions and 14 by UK based visiting companies as well as a host of other events to celebrate the playwright including:

· Shakespeare on Film – a free outdoor series of films on the banks of the river Avon including Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet and Lawrence Olivier’s Henry V (August).

· Nothing Like the Sun – The Sonnet Project featuring sonnets set to music by contemporary musicians such as violinist Alexander Balanescu (Feb 2007).

· Broadside Brunches – one Sunday each month (April-Oct.) speakers such as the Archbishop of Canterbury discuss the issues raised in Shakespeare’s plays.

Stratford-upon-Avon was the birthplace of William Shakespeare and visitors can explore the house where he was born and the church where he is buried. Eight venues, including temporary indoor and outdoor theatres, will be used for performances. Box office, tel: 0870 609 1110.

Website: www.rsc.org.uk


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