England will organise a series of events all throughout the year to mark the 400th death anniversary of one of its most celebrated poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. In case you are planning a trip to or happen to be in the bard’s homeland sometime soon, we suggest you the things you must see and do to commemorate the English giant’s life and works:
New Place, Shakespeare’s family home, Stratford-upon-Avon
Described as the “jewel in the crown” of England’s literary heritage and the most significant Shakespearean project to commemorate his legacy, New Place is where the playwright spent the last 19 years of his life and wrote 26 plays. When it opens in July following extensive renovations, visitors will be able to soak up the history of the landmark, walk in his footsteps, and learn about the man who was also a husband, father, entrepreneur and prominent citizen in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon
The school where the boy William would spend his formative years and feed his imagination is also set to open as a heritage site this month, not far from his birthplace. Built between 1418 to 1420, the building has undergone major restoration efforts and will feature interactive displays, filmed performances, Tudor lessons and re-enactments of an 18th century classroom.
Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations, April 23-24, Stratford-upon-Avon
It just so happens that the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death falls neatly on a Saturday, paving the way for a weekend celebration. On Saturday, a birthday march in the style of a New Orleans procession will parade through the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon. Expect a lot of costumed actors breaking out into soliloquies and speaking in old English.
Discover Shakespeare’s Way, October 7 – 11, starts in London
Avid Shakespeare fans can take part in a four-night tour guided by a professional Shakespearean actor on a luxury bus journey that traces the 235 km journey that the bard may have taken from the Globe Theater on London’s South Bank to Stratford-upon-Avon. Included on the itinerary are behind-the-scenes tours of theaters, performances of “The Merchant of Venice” and “King Lear.”