Stratford Town Centre Food Festival

The 2016 festival will see Stratford Town Centre packed with over 100 stalls showcasing the best of local food and produce.  Highlights will include chef demonstrations, workshops and Food & Ale Trails.  Local chefs will showcase the town’s own culinary talent at the Waterside Cookery Theatre and on Sunday, acclaimed chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be demonstrating his skills.

The festival takes place on September 23, 24 and 25 (Fri, Sat and Sun) and there is lots more info on the STRATFORWARD website.

The Rover by Aphra Benn at the RSC

Opening on Sept 8thThe Rover by Aphra Benn is described by the RSC as ‘an anarchic restoration comedy rich with seduction, intrigue and danger’.

Aphra Benn was England’s first female professional playwright and a strong voice in early feminism.  Her play is set in the world of the South American carnival where three wandering cavaliers in exile meet three women looking for love and freedom.

With Joseph Millson playing Willmore, the play is performed in The Swan Theatre until Feb 11th.

King Lear at the RSC

Antony Sher returns to the RSC to play King Lear in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.  If you enjoyed Paapa Essiedu‘s recent performance as Hamlet, you can see him here as Edmund as well as Stratford favourite David Troughtonas Gloucester.

King Lear runs from Aug 20 to Oct 15 before transferring to London.

Home & Garden Show Stratford upon Avon

The 2016 Stratford Home & Garden Show runs this year from July 15 – 17.

Located in the centre of Stratford upon Avon in the Recreation Ground on the banks of the River Avon with the beautiful backdrop of the Holy Trinity Church and the world famous RSC, the show opens daily at 10am.

Attractions include a Home & Craft marquee, a Craft Market, a Food Court marquee, outside stands, exhibitions of plants, garden accessories and outdoor living and a Rural Crafts marquee.

The Alchemist at the RSC

The Alchemist by Ben Jonson has been getting 4 star reviews:

‘Polly Findlay finds gold in moral anarchy’ **** The Guardian
‘A glittering and witty production’ **** The Stage
‘Splendid satire is pure gold’  **** The Evening Standard

Polly Findlay directs Jonson’s hilarious satire that revels in just how vain people can be.
The play continues in The Swan Theatre until August 6th.

June events in Stratford upon Avon

June’s Let it Glow – Moonlit Walk is the first of two big fundraising events during the year for The Shakespeare Hospice, the second being the spectacular and colourful Dragon Boat Race along the river in September.

Also in June, Warwickshire will host the Aviva Women’s Bike Tour for the first time with the 140km second stage finishing in the town centre in front of the TV’s cameras.

David Tennant in Stratford upon Avon

On April 23rd, David Tennant will be in Stratford upon Avon presenting Shakespeare Live! from the RSC, a special event broadcast on BBC Two, directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy in all the arts.

David Tennant also joins other RSC actors on screen at Stratford upon Avon Picture House as part of a festival of memorable productions including an Encore screening of the former Dr Who star as Richard II.

Stratford Festival of Motoring

There will be hundreds of cars on display throughout Stratford upon Avon’s historic town centre over the bank holiday weekend.  Car enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven as the town’s Festival of Motoring gears up for another bumper event on May 1st and 2nd.

The automotive spectacular attracts petrolheads from around the country with cars of all ages on display.