THE BIRTHPLACE Lightshow, beamed onto the walls of Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford, will finish with a musical finale on Sunday (December 14).
Local musical talents will entertain the crowds in between the four lightshows, including theatre company Tread the Boards, 1940s vintage choir The Lady Belles, and Beatles tribute The Booty Band.
Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the lightshow has been developed by digital artist, Anthony Head, who explores the text and texture of Shakespeare across four themes – Love, Imagination, Nature and Winter – while people
can also wander into the Birthplace gardens to see an illumination of words created by spatial designer Emily Knight.
Philippa Rawlinson, head of operations at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “This year’s Birthplace Lightshow has been a huge succes.
“Thousands of people from far and wide have flocked to Henley Street to see the show, particularly on launch night when Christopher Biggins joined us for the switch-on. Anthony and Emily have really pushed the boundaries to create an innovative and contemporary spectacle in celebration of the world’s greatest playwright – something people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy. We hope those who have yet to see this year’s lightshow are able to come along to Sunday’s finale for an evening of music and light.”
The Birthplace Lightshow, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in partnership with the Henley Street Traders, is made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England.
Symon Powell, from the Henley Street Traders, said: “The Birthplace Lightshow has attracted lots of new visitors to the town and it’s great to see Henley Street come alive at this time of year. Over 50 people have given up their time to be part of the lightshow, and 18 local organisations have supported us. It is a great example of the town working together for the benefit of the local economy, and we hope people will join us on Sunday to celebrate what has been a fantastic lightshow.”
The Birthplace Lightshow Finale starts at 4pm, with musical entertainment in between shows at 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm and 6pm. Entrance to the Birthplace gardens is free from 4.30pm-6pm.
Visit www.birthplacelightshow.co.uk for further details.