THE PRINCE of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be in Stratford at the weekend.
Clarence House has revealed the couple are set to visit the town on Saturday (April 23) to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
As part of his trip, Charles will be given a tour round Shakespeare’s New Place – the playwright’s adult home for 19 years – and the newly-restored Tudor Nash’s House where he will see the transformation ahead of its re-opening in July.
In the new contemporary garden, The Prince will meet some of those who are assisting in the conservation of the greatest surviving part of The Bard’s estate.
His Royal Highness will also view some of the sculptures that have been specially commissioned for the transformation project, and will walk through the newly restored Knot Garden.
The Prince will then watch a performance of an extract from ‘Richard III’ by the Combat Veterans Players.
Later the same day, he will be taken to Holy Trinity Church, which houses Shakespeare’s grave, where he will be given a tour of the church including the new vestry and side chapel.
He will also meet members of the congregation, as well as singers from the choir and volunteers.
Many people choose to honour Shakespeare’s memory by laying flowers on his grave in the run up to his birthday, and during The Prince’s visit, His Royal Highness will see some of the tributes left to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.
In the evening, both he and Camilla will be in the audience for Shakespeare Live! – a variety show presented by David Tennant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The former Doctor Who star and renowned Shakesperean actor will be joined by a host of famous faces including Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen for the spectacle, which will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 8.30pm.
The Prince and Duchess are expected to attend a pre-show reception and will meet those who have taken part after the show.
A host of other activities are set to take place over the weekend including the traditional Birthday Parade.
Visit www.shakespearescelebrations.com for further details.