Big year, big celebrations for Shakespeare and his hometown

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Television viewers will be able to join in the celebrations with a special programme broadcast live on BBC Two from the RSC.

Events include a film festival, an exhibition celebrating favourite Shakespearean quotes, a new self-guided tour of Stratford, and, on Shakespeare’s birthday itself, a wealth of free family activities and a fantastic fireworks display.

Family friendly activities around the RSC’s Stratford theatres, Saturday 23rd April, 11.30am-4.15pm, including a special acrobatic show at 2pm and 4pm, and fireworks at 10pm.

Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse and the RSC present screenings of some of the Company’s most admired productions adapted or captured for television and the cinema.  This is a chance to see iconic performances from many of the greatest actors associated with the Company, including Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Scofield, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and David Tennant.

The RSC has commissioned, Shakespeare Steps– a free, self-guided tour of Stratford. Opening 30th January and running throughout the year and the Birthday period.

Full details about more of these special events will appear in this Thursday’s Herald.