A FEAST of an evening in celebration of Stratford most famous son will see the curtain go up on this year’s annual Shakespeare Birthday Weekend like never before.
The Bard’s Night is a brand-new event – a black-tie occasion taking over the Stratford ArtsHouse on Friday April 21, serving up a modern take on food, drink, music and entertainment, all in celebration of the world’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare.
Held on the eve of the town’s annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations and the Stratford Literary Festival, the inaugural Bard’s Night will also be fundraising for another of the town’s treasures – The Shakespeare Hospice.
The evening, as well as a dinner, will include a performance by Midlands-based Fred Theatre. Although details are being kept under wraps until the night, anyone planning to attend might possibly picture a humorous take on the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony scene, or heading ‘once more unto the breach’ as guests become Henry V’s troops, plus the premiere of a specially written sketch about Shakespeare’s purchase of New Place.
There will also be music, from Diabolus in Musica – a quartet of musicians specialising in popular music of Elizabethan England – together with modern songs drawing upon Shakespeare’s words performed by the contemporary duo Bukechi.
Founding director Gill Davies said: “We plan to establish the celebration as an annual occasion, which can be multiplied across other venues in Warwickshire.
“Shakespeare has made sure we have locations to choose from that are mentioned in his plays. It’s got great potential.”
The event is being supported by Park Lane Public Relations.
Visit www.stratfordartshouse.co.uk for tickets and further details, or www.bardsnight.co.uk for more information about becoming a sponsor.