9th Dec, 2016

400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death celebrations to start with street party

Stratford Editorial 31st Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PEOPLE in Stratford are being invited to party with Shakespeare to kick off the 400th anniversary of his death.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will host a street party in Henley Street on Saturday (January 2) to celebrate what is set to be a big year for the town.

From 4pm to 5.30pm there will be activities for all the family and live performances including The Booty Duo, John Bird and Victoria J Wilson.

And rounding up the evening will be a special lightshow featuring people’s memories of Shakespeare.

Those who took part in the ‘Tis in my memory lock’d project’ will be able to see themselves projected onto the walls of Shakespeare’s Birthplace as part of the display.

Philippa Rawlinson from the trust said: “We’re really excited to launch this significant anniversary year of 2016 – 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy – with a wonderful party for the people of Stratford.

“We want to celebrate what Shakespeare means to them, and also connect younger generations with his work, life and times at the very place where his creative genius began.

“It promises to be a fun evening for all the family, so come on down to Henley Street and join in the fun.”

Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk for more information.