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Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. With easy road, rail and airport access, it is the perfect place for a vacation or short break. Facilities for conferences and smaller business venues are excellent.
Come wander through these Stratford pages, get a taste of Olde England - and make your plans now. Using the Stratford district as a base, you can enjoy the delights not only of Shakespeare's hometown, but also the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Enjoy Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds to the south, Worcester and the Malverns to the west, Warwick Castle and Henley in Arden to the north, and all within an hour's journey of Stratford itself.

 

Here you will find hundreds of pages of information on: accommodation, eating out, drinking and relaxing, romantic breaks, theatres, places to visit - Shakespeare's houses and the beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon with its parks and gardens on the banks of the river Avon. Come visit Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy our lovely town.

Newly Reopened RSC Theatre.

The RSC theatre has a very busy schedule for the Summer 2019 with programmes by Shakespeare and other authors:
 
– As You Like It
– The Taming of the Shrew
– Measure for Measure
– Kunene and the King
– The Provoked Wife
– Venice Preserved
 
The Winter 2018 Programme still running:
 
– Tartuffe
– Timon of Athens

If you are planning to visit Stratford plan early especially during special occasions.

See our What's On programme for more details as they become available.


For the current theatre schedule showing at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) which has a full set of programmes throughout summer 2019.

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Stratford-upon-Avon has a very rich and varied programme of events and activities see our What's On for 2019 throughout the year: theatres, arts, music in the parks, river racing, river cruising, walks along the river or simply relax and take in the atmosphere that is Shakespeare's Stratford.

  

Royal Shakespeare Theatre Schedule for Summer 2019:

Welcome to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Summer 2019 season with Shakespearean comedies and a variety of other works.
As You Like It: 14 February 2019 to 31 August 2019 (Royal Shakespeare Theatre).
Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind. Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.
Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage, 2017) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Taming of the Shrew: 8 March 2019 to 31 August 2019 (Royal Shakespeare Theatre).
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, 2017; The Jew of Malta, 2015) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

Measure for Measure: 28 June 2019 to 29 August 2019(Royal Shakespeare Theatre).
“To whom should I complain?” When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.
RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

Kunene and the King: 21 March 2019 to 23 April 2019 (The Swan Theatre).
South Africa, 2019. 25 years since the first post-Apartheid democratic elections, two men from contrasting walks of life are thrust together to reflect on a quarter century of change. This is a moving and funny new play by the South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani (The Island; Sizwe Banzi is Dead; Black Panther). Fellow South Africans Janice Honeyman (Vice Versa, 2017; The Tempest, 2009) directs and Antony Sher (King Lear, 2016 & 2018; Death of a Salesman, 2015) performs opposite John Kani in this important world premiere.
The Provoked Wife: 2 May 2019 to 7 September 2019 (The Swan Theatre).
Lady Brute is tired of her tedious, loveless marriage and her tedious, drunk husband. When she decides to spice up her love life with a younger man, scandal threatens to ruin her. Director Phillip Breen (The Hypocrite, 2017; The Shoemaker’s Holiday, 2014; The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2012) brings his comedy Midas touch to this outspoken Restoration romp that shocked 17th Century society.
Venice Preserved: 24 May 2019 to 7 September 2019 (The Swan Theatre).
Joan Littlewood was the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre. Born into poverty, she raged her way to have a lasting influence on British culture. This new musical of Joan Littlewood’s life story, told with her own uncompromising candour, reveals a mighty love story at its heart.
Note: Programme produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company. Click here for a downloadable and printable copy of the RSC Summer 2019 Programme.

Mad Museum, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

New MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum now Open in Stratford-upon-Avon:

The MAD Museum (Mechanical Art & Design) showcases Kinetic Art, Automata and Steampunk. Located on Stratford-upon-Avon’s highly popular Sheep Street, MAD houses an exciting assortment of exhibits which are superbly engaging for all ages. Think Health Robinson mixed with a Scrapheap Challenge and a hotchpotch of futurist mechanisms and then stir it all up with mind blowing creativity and ingenuity. Come and immerse yourself in an eccentric world full of wacky creations, clever design and interactive entertainment!

New Tourist Office for Stratford-upon-Avon:

Stratford-on-Avon District Council in partnership with Stratford-upon-Avon College recently opened a ‘Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon' new tourist office at Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon. They will include sales of tickets to local venues and provide an important information facility for visitors and tourists. Telephone: 01789 264 293.

 

Festivals and Events in Stratford-upon-Avon 2019

 

Stratford-upon-Avon is a wonderful place to enjoy throughout the year.
Programme of Events for 2019:
- Shakespeare's Birthday Parade (tba April 2019)
- The River Festival (6 & 7 July 2019)
- Stratford Literary Festival (tba April 2019)
- Festival of Motoring (5 & 6 May 2019)
- Stratford Food Festival (21 & 22 Sept 2019)
- Stratford Races (throughout the year)
- Stratford Fringe Festival (June)
- Rotary Shakespeare Marathon (April)
- Sunday Bandstand Concerts (Summer)
- Stratford Mop (the town becomes a Fairground in October)
- Christmas Lights and Christmas Shopping.

Stratford is a delightful town which can easily be walked around and explored on foot or using the hop-on, hop-off bus service operated by the Shakespeare Trust, who manage the five Shakespeare Houses in and around Stratford..

William Shakespeare's Birthplace Parade Stratford-upon-Avon - photo by QuinSolve©

 

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