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Shakespeares Birthplace

Shakespeare’s Birthplace

As many of you will be aware, Visit England has been setting up a hall of fame and asking you to vote on it.  Someone you might have heard of called William Shakespeare has been voted England’s ultimate claim to fame. The nation’s bard has won The People’s Choice in England’s Hall of Fame with 50% more votes than any other claim.

The announcement coincides with his 450th birthday celebrations and this weekend, there is a big preocession through his home town of Stratfrd-upon-Avon to celebrate the fact.  The highlight will be a 1,000-strong grand procession through the streets on Saturday 26 April. There will also be music, street entertainers, acting and theatre make-up workshops, tours of the Shakespeare houses and children’s parties. The Royal Shakespeare Company will be running a range of free activities for all the family in and around its theatres on Saturday 26 April, including storytelling sessions, stage fighting workshops and the chance to see how fake scars and bruises are created. Visitors will also be able to enjoy music in the foyer areas, and, for 50p, cross the river on the ferry listening to RSC actors reading sonnets.

Media throughout this week have been running Shakespeare stories of his appeal aroud the world. We have had a recent story of his appeal in Poland and Denmark puts Hamlet’s castle on its Marguerite Route. As for us, I think we will just give you a link to the Shakespeare song from Horrible Histories which, better than anything we can write, illustrates his impact on our language. Over 350,000 people have viewed this clip on You Tube in its different variants.And it will also be more amusing particularly the way the writers rhyme their way through the song!

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