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With April, Spring is in the air. Stratford really comes to life with a wide range of events and activities, crowned by our William Shakespeare Parade. The celebrations are usually held on the Saturday nearest to 23rd April, Shakespeare's birthday.


The traditional core events are: a procession to lay floral tributes on William Shakespeare's tomb, a birthday luncheon at which toasts are made to the Immortal Memory of William Shakespeare and to The Theatre, and, in the evening, a birthday performance of one of his plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The Events
Apr 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
RSC - The Hypocrite
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April 1642. Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull, is charged by Parliament to secure the arsenal at Hull and deny entry to King Charles I. Civil war seems inevitable and losing his head more than probable in this riotous new comedy from writer Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), directed by Phillip Breen (The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Shoemaker’s Holiday).
April 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29
RSC - Julius Caesar
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Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling in the corridors of power. Opening the Rome season, Angus Jackson (Oppenheimer, Don Quixote) directs Shakespeare’s epic and thrilling tragedy as the politics of spin and betrayal turn bloody and brutal.
April 1st
Stratford Races
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For further information visit their website

April 1st and 15th
Farmers Market
Stratford-upon-Avon Farmers’ Market is one of the best examples of its type in South Warwickshire. Each fortnight, the market features over 30 traders selling a range of goods as well as 20 stalls of crafts and the unusual situated around the Historical American Fountain
April 8
Live at the RSC: Company of Players
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The Company of Players is a group of some of the very best emerging songwriters on the UK’s folk and acoustic music scene, who came together in 2016 for a special project to write new songs inspired by Shakespeare and his plays. This ensemble of ten songwriters come to the RSC for one night only for our first gig in The Other Place Studio Theatre. 7.30pm
April 1, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
RSC - Antony and Cleopatra
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Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Iqbal Khan (Much Ado About Nothing, Othello) returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and power.
April 15
North Indian Literature, Shakespeare and Music, with Jason Singh
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When the crowds have left and our beautiful buildings are quiet, we invite you to try something different. Sample a wide range of specially programmed talks and workshops 'After Hours'.

Jason Singh has been invited to compose one of six new pieces of music as part of our Shakespeare in South Asia exhibition. He joins us to share an exclusive insight into the process of musical composition inspired by Shakespeare.

April 15th
Stratford Races
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Evening meeting - for more information visit the website

April 22 - 23
Shakespeares Birthday Party
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Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with the travelling players and watch them perform some of Shakespeare’s best works. Get in the party spirit in New Place gardens with a selection of birthday cake for all who enter.

12 - 4pm
April 22
Shakespeares Birthday Celebrations
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Stratford-upon-Avon will be full of festivities and entertainment on 23rd April as the town celebrates Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday and 400 years of his legacy. Stratford’s tradition of the birthday celebrations dates back to 1827, bringing together residents and visitors with people from the worlds of diplomacy, theatre, literature and academia in a vibrant mix of pageantry and performance. The town is planning an extra special celebration for this anniversary year, one of the highlights will be a traditional New Orleans jazz procession. As well as the birthday parade, visitors can enjoy a fabulous day of free events and entertainment throughout the town centre, jointly organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Royal Shakespeare Company. From live music and cultural dances, to street theatre and acting workshops – there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information, visit
April 23rd
Shakespeares Birthday: Knights and Nymphs Garden Party
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The Knights and Nymphs garden party is a must for those ready to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday in style. Dress up as a Knight or a Nymph, get your face painted and indulge in our delicious barbeque. With our Tudor storyteller on hand to tell tales of the birthday boy and his works, there’s plenty of fun for all the family. There’s even strawberries and Prosecco for the grown-ups.
Stratford Races
01789 267949

For further information, visit their website.

April 30 - May 1
Stratford Festival of Motoring
2017 Festival of Motoring Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday 1st May. Jaguar to be Featured Marque at the Stratford Festival of Motoring 2017 The 2017 Festival of Motoring will be held over the early May Bank Holiday Weekend as usual which for 2017 is the Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May. The 2017 Festival will follow the same successful formula as the past 4 years with an organised run out into the countryside on both the Sunday and Monday morning with about 300 cars returning to park up on the town centre streets which will be closed to normal traffic.