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Re-opening of New Place postponed

Stratford Editorial 23rd Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE RE-OPENING of Shakespeare’s New Place has been postponed due to bad weather.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust took the decision to delay the opening following torrential rainfall in recent weeks.

They say the downpours have made it impossible for groundwork to be completed as planned, and this has delayed installation of the new garden on the footprint of Shakespeare’s family home as well as the extension to the exhibition centre.

It was originally scheduled to open on Friday July 1 but trust chiefs expect to announce a revised date soon.

Dr Diana Owen, CEO of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said: “We had an ambitious timescale for this ground-breaking project to re-imagine Shakespeare’s New Place for the 21st century.

“We have met many unexpected challenges along the way, but the record rainfall has slowed things down in the final phase. “We are naturally very disappointed that we are not able to re-open as scheduled.

“Everybody working on this extraordinary project is pulling out all the stops, to ensure that visitors will be able to experience this inspirational and enduring testament to Shakespeare’s legacy as soon as possible.”

Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk for updates and information.

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