The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, headquarters of the International Shakespeare Association will co-host the 10th World Shakespeare Congress, based in not just one but two locations: in Shakespeares hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, and in the city where he made his name London. Celebrating Shakespeares memory and the global legacy of his works, this unique quartercentenary congress brings together over 1,000 academics, researchers and artistic practitioners in the greatest gathering of Shakespearians anywhere in the world. More information at www.wsc2016.info
When London is hit by an outbreak of the plague, the wealthy Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler, Jeremy. But no sooner has his master left than Jeremy begins turning the house into a den of criminal activity Polly Findlay directs Jonson's hilarious satire that revels in just how vain we humans can be.
Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeares rarely performed romance.
Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeares searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, confronting each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
Faustus is a brilliant but embittered academic, frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science. He is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe and for the fame that it will bring. Risking everything, he strikes a deal with Lucifer infinite knowledge and power in exchange for his soul, signed in blood. Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct Marlowe's tale of vanity, greed and damnation.
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.
That's right, The Mighty Bulldog Bash is back again for another bite. 2015 was a real blast, and you made it so, by turning up, and doing what you do, and doing it so well. Thanks to all of you who put your trust in us and turned up. The only right and proper way to thank you, is to do it all again.
The stunning lakeside setting of Ragley Hall will again play host to the final night of the UKs premier picnic concert series as the Battle Proms returns on Saturday 13 August. In 2015 a record breaking crowd of over 7,000 invaded the grounds of Ragley for an evening of sublime classical music, carefully choreographed Spitfire and cavalry displays, dramatic cannon fire and a stunning firework finale all part of the Battle Proms experience!
Camper Calling is a brand new family festival held within the magnificent grounds of Ragley Hall. The August bank holiday weekend will be filled with family activities from craft workshops to campfire tales, lake activities to tea dances. There will be several live music stages, themed villages, scrumptious street food, AüguztFest for the connoisseur of fine German Beer with a live Oomph Band, a fun fair, and an array of outdoor activities for visitors of every age!