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Stratford-upon-Avon Celebrates | Shakespeare in Warwickshire

By April 29, 2015 No Comments

This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Jen Richardson (TSS’s usual Manchester correspondent) here this week with the latest in Shakespeare news from Warwickshire!

Last Saturday April 25th, Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s place of birth and death, played host to the annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations. As they do every year, locals and tourists alike lined the streets of the picturesque Warwickshire town to pay homage to its most famous son.

Yellow banners, held aloft by pupils from Shakespeare’s Kind Edward VI school (KES Guildhall), were emblazoned with tributes such as ‘Held precious in the world’s esteem’ and ‘In honour of William Shakespeare, man of Stratford’, setting the tone for the annual celebrations. With local community groups, primary and secondary schools and esteemed scholars coming together to process through the streets of Shakespeare’s hometown, the atmosphere was as electric as it always is, the annual parade an outpouring of immense pride from lovers of The Bard.

The Head Boy of KES Guildhall carries the symbolic quill through the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Head Boy of KES Guildhall carries the symbolic quill through the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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'Mr & Mrs Shakespeare'

‘Mr & Mrs Shakespeare’

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Professor Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, CBE, amongst others - making their way to Holy Trinity Church to lay flowers on Shakespeare's grave.

Professor Paul Edmondson and Professor Stanley Wells CBE, amongst others – making their way to Holy Trinity Church to lay flowers on Shakespeare’s grave.

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Jen Richardson

Author Jen Richardson

I first fell in love with Shakespeare as a fifteen year old school girl: we were studying Macbeth, and I was the only one in my English class that lived for those lessons and the only one who would volunteer to read out Lady Macbeth's part. He got under my skin, and he's still there today. After discovering my love for Shakespeare at an early age, I went on to pursue an acting career, training with a Manchester-based tutor and gaining experience through various casting jobs. Whilst drama remains a great hobby of mine, my focus is now on sharing my knowledge and experience of Shakespeare through my writing. I am an avid supporter of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and take huge inspiration from scholars such as Stanley Wells, CBE and Professor Paul Edmondson. In my spare time, I'm generally down in Stratford-upon-Avon watching a play at The RSC Theatre or sitting on my favourite bench at the back of Holy Trinity Church...

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