Shakespeare’s Birthday Presents!

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Chances are that you can’t make it in person to join in the Shakespeare Birthday festivities in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend. But it’s my hope that wherever you are in the world, you feel in some way connected to the celebrations.

On Friday afternoon I welcomed novelist Salley Vickers to give this year’s Shakespeare Birthday Lecture. You can read more about that here, and I promise to report back on it next week.

On Saturday, a bust of Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E., will be unveiled here at The Shakespeare Centre. It’s been made by Greg Wyatt, sculptor in residence at St John the Divine Cathedral, New York. Here’s a sneak preview, taken during the first sitting…

And 23 April is all set to be a Monday crammed with incident…

We launch – a brand new part of Blogging Shakespeare devoted to the World Shakespeare Festival. This project is being offered in partnership with the universities of Birmingham and Warwick, and is funded by the Arts Humanities and Research Council. is where you can keep u to date with the WSF as it unfurls, and for you to contribute your reactions to the 70 different productions from companies from around the world. You can find out more about it by clicking here.

If you haven’t already done so, you might like to sign up for our free Shakespeare Birthday webinar on Monday, sponsored by Cambridge University Press, at 4.00pm (BST). Shakespeare’s Birthday sees the completion of their Shakespeare edition, so please join me for ‘Making Shakespeare’ with Shakespeare scholars Reg Foakes and David Lindley. by finding out more and registering here.

Monday also sees the launch of a special Shakespeare Birthday podcast which we’ve made with the University of Warwick. It’s about Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and is filmed in Shakespeare’s Birthplace. It will be available here from Monday.

If you would like to continue the Shakespeare Birthday celebrations further into next week, you might like to treat yourself to a special Shakespeare inspired menu at a Michelin starred restaurant, Galvin at Window’s, at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are teaming up with them to combine Shakespeare with fine very dining. Our first evening is next Wednesday 25 April and you can find out more about the restaurant by clicking here. The evening will feature our own Shakespeare Aloud actors and an exquisite menu shaped by the food and drink of Shakespeare’s time.

And you can click here to be part of our Happy Birthday Shakespeare on-line project!

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson

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