9th Dec, 2016

Young Will statue continuing to prove popular

Stratford Editorial 18th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TO SELFIE, or not to selfie: that is the question.

And the answer seemed very much in favour of the former as the new Sheakespeare statue on Bancroft Gardens continued to prove popular.

The life-sized bronze statue – depicting the Bard as a young man on a bench – has been given to Stratford District Council by designer Lawrence Holofcener, who travelled from his home in America to officially present the statue as part of the 400th anniversary commemorations of the playwright’s death.

Council chiefs were hoping the ‘Young Will’ sculpture, which has been installed opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, would appeal to the craze for taking selfie photographs as well as further emphasising their support of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in a year the world will be celebrating the legacy of the town’s most famous son.

And they seem to have got their wish with young and old stopping to ask ‘Is this a camera I see before me?’ and posing for a picture or two.