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A Roman General returns from a brutal ten year war to bury the sons he has lost in conflict. To honour their deaths he executes the eldest child of his enemies’ Queen.

The end of the war and this final act of sacrifice is not the end of bloodshed. A chain of murder and retribution engulfs Rome as Titus struggles to escape the horror of violent deeds done in a violent world.

Michael Fentiman makes his RSC debut directing Shakespeare’s early revenge tragedy.

As you like it RSC Stratford upon Avon

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When Rosalind and Orlando are banished from the oppressive court, they are forced to run for their lives into the wild depths of the Forest of Arden.

However, in that harsh, lyrical wilderness, they discover an unexpected freedom, and as their anarchic love story unfolds, Arden bursts into summer.

Maria Aberg directs following her riotous production of King John in the Swan Theatre as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Music for the production is composed by Laura Marling. The English musician has been nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and won the Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.

Shakespeare Houses half price tickets

Visiting Stratford upon Avon?

Guests staying at Virginia Lodge get half price tickets for Shakespeare’s Houses. to book accommodation go to www.virginialodge.co.uk

There are 3 in the town, The Birthplace, Halls Croft & New Place & Ann Hathaway’s Cottage, which is a 20 minute walk behind Virginia Lodge.

To see how & where Shakespeare lived & wrote great plays, these properties are a must see. They are great examples of Tudor Architecture & 2 of them have great cafes.


Peter Pan & Wendy, RSC Stratford upon Avon

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Winter 1909. Snow is falling across London. Wendy Darling and her two brothers sleep peacefully in the bedroom, as their parents bicker downstairs. In a sudden flurry of snow their window blows open, and into their lives tumbles a mischievous boy called Peter. Shortly followed by a very fractious fairy by the name of Tink.

In the magical Peter Pan, Wendy sees not only a great adventure, but also a chance to rediscover the key to her parents’ lost happiness. With the aid of a little fairy dust she agrees to fly with Peter to Neverland. There she will give the Lost Boys a run for their money, defeat Captain Hook and his pirate crew, and ultimately, learn what it means to grow up.

JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up is adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson

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Hamlet RSC Stratford upon Avon

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Hamlet’s father is dead. He suspects his uncle of murder but has no proof. He fears his mother’s involvement but dare not confront her.

If his suspicions are correct he has a duty to avenge his father, but if he strikes down an innocent man he risks eternal damnation.

RSC Associate Director David Farr directs Jonathan Slinger in the title role following their celebrated collaboration on the World Shakespeare Festival productions of Twelfth Night and The Tempest.

First 2 nights have had very good reviews.

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Easter 2013 Stratford Upon Avon

Experience a whole host of fun activities for all the family in Shakespeare Country during the Easter holidays from the 23 March – 7 April. Search for clues to win prizes with Easter trails and egg hunts, see a performance of Cloud Man, experience a spring extravaganza at Mary Arden’s Farm, or simply marvel at spring flowers at Hill Close Gardens.

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Enjoy a range of Easter inspired activities at the Shakespeare Houses from the 23 March – 14 April. Take part in Easter Trails around Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens. Find all the Easter bunnies to win a chocolate prize (Easter Sunday only). Normal admission plus £1 for Easter Sunday Hunt. Spring to life at Mary Arden’s Farm when the end of Lent sees Tudor dancing, music, story-telling and games. Try traditional egg-dying, archery, plus children’s trails and falconry displays. Over at Nash’s House & New Place enjoy Tudor games in the garden including bowls, skittles, dice-throwing and more family fun in the activities marquee.

See a performance of Cloud Man by the Royal Shakespeare Company which runs from 25 – 30 March in the Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre. In this delightful show, brought to you by Puppet Maker, Ailie Cohen, the audience follows the clues to the very top of Cloud Mountain, a place where the views are always surprising – and, if you’re lucky, you might see something very special indeed. Featuring a blend of puppetry, storytelling and sumptuous visuals, Cloud Man is a 45 minute show suitable for children aged 4 – 7 years. £10 (adults) and £5 (children).

Enjoy an Easter quiz with prizes, Easter shows and some interactive children’s ghost tours with Mr G Buster at Tudor World -The Falstaff Experience.  For very different evening out try the Haunted Tavern Tour with Dashing Jack on 30th March. For a really exciting evening, take part in a ghost tour of the building and a Friday Fright Club will take place from 9pm – 1pm on Friday 5 April. Shakespeare tour costs £4.50 for adults, the ghost tour of the museum costs £7.50, Mr G Buster tours cost £13 family ticket (2+2) and the Friday Fright Club costs £30.

Spend Easter Sunday at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick amongst the spring flowers. For children there’s an Easter egg hunt and at 3pm an Easter Bonnet Parade with a prize to be won. Refreshments, including delicious cakes will be served in the “green” visitor centre plus you can buy plants to enhance your own garden and children will be offered a garden trail. Opening times are Friday & Sunday 2pm – 5pm and Saturday & Bank Holiday Monday 11am – 5pm.

The Land Rover customised for Aardman Productions well known character ‘Shaun the Sheep’, takes centre stage this Easter at the Heritage Motor Centre with a series of special family activities. Visitors can enjoy a ‘Spot Shaun’ quiz, craft days on Thursday 28 March and 4 April to make and decorate their own Sheep and Land Rover, plus the traditional Easter Egg hunt over the Easter weekend. Or why not enjoy a ride in a real Land Rover – take a 20 minute taster session to experience the thrills and spills of off-road driving. These run daily with qualified instructors driving you around a challenging off-road course over rocky inclines, steep descents and some pretty impressive water sections. Not suitable for children under 5 years. £9 Adult, £6 Child.

Take part in an Easter Family Fun Trail at Kenilworth Castle from 23 March – 14 April. Crack the clues to complete the ‘egg-citing’ trail and find the missing eggs around the grounds to be rewarded with a yummy Easter prize. Over the bank holiday weekend take part in Fool School for a weekend of all things foolish and fun! Meet the side-splitting jester who will entertain you with his tall tales and tomfoolery. Take part in the circus school and learn a few tricks of your own.

Hatton Country World has another choc-o-bloc programme of events for the Easter holiday. Families can hunt for coloured eggs in Hatton’s Easter Garden which can be exchanged for chocolate ones. Prizes will also be awarded to children who can find all the bunny cut-outs dotted throughout the farm village, and each day there will be a special treat for the child who discovers where the Easter Bunny’s special golden egg has been hidden. Easter also sees the return of rides on Tristan the Runaway Tractor with his enchanting new children’s stories as well as Sheepstakes sheep racing and Daft Duck Trials. There are also breathtaking Bird-o-batics falconry displays. £13.95 for children and £12.95 for adults.

Join the History Detectives at St John’s Museum
in Warwick and help them investigate the past on the 26, 27 & 28
March. With a different case each day, unravel the clues using real and
replica objects and documents from the History Detective’s vault. Cost
£22 a day. Book 3 sessions and receive a 20% discount on the overall
cost per child. Suitable for ages 6 – 12 years. The site of St John’s
House used to be a medieval hospital run by monks, treated the sick and
offered a place to stay for travellers. On Friday 5 April learn what
their daily lives might have been like and about the medicines they
used. Make a medieval remedy to take home to keep illness and bad smells
away. Tickets £2.50 per child, 5s and under £1.00. 8s and under must be
accompanied by an adult.

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Literary Festival Stratford upon Avon 21 April to 5 May 2013

Celebrating its 6th year in 2013, The Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18.

The Stratford Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.

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Hamlet RSC Stratford upon Avon 2013


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Young Hamlet returns home from university to discover that, not only is his father (Old Hamlet) newly dead, but that his mother, Gertrude, has married Old Hamlet’s brother, Claudius, and that Claudius is now king.  The resultant instability in the state of Denmark has also led to threats of invasion by the Norwegian prince, Fortinbras

Late one night, the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears to him on the cold battlements of Elsinore castle, accusing Claudius of his murder and urging Hamlet to take revenge.  This sets in motion a train of events that destroys both family and state.

No longer able to trust his own senses, the loyalty of his old friends, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern, or even the affections of his young love, Ophelia, Hamlet fakes madness in an attempt to provide himself with proof that the ghost is telling the truth.  Aided only by his most loyal companion, Horatio, he persuades a travelling band of actors to re-enact the story of his father’s murder in front of Claudius and Gertrude, hoping that Claudius will be so stirred by remorse that he will confess his crime.

During an intense meeting with his mother, Hamlet hears a noise and realises that they are being spied upon.  In rage, he stabs the hidden eavesdropper, believing it to be Claudius.  Instead he discovers it is the King’s adviser, Polonius, father to both Ophelia and her brother, Laertes.

Afraid of what Hamlet might do next, Claudius has him arrested and despatched to England under guard, where he has arranged to have Hamlet murdered.  Hamlet escapes, returns to Denmark and finally achieves his revenge.

The psychological effects of these upheavals on Hamlet lead to some of the greatest soliloquies in the English language and take the audience deep into the mind of Shakespeare’s most famous protagonist.

Ophelia, having been violently rejected by Hamlet, hears that her father has been murdered. She loses her mind and eventually drowns herself.  Her brother, Laertes, returns to court at the head of an angry mob, determined to find out the truth.  Claudius convinces him that Hamlet is the only guilty party and agrees to help Laertes gain revenge.

On learning of Hamlet’s escape and return to Denmark, Claudius convinces Laertes to challenge Hamlet to a fencing match and advises Laertes on how to kill Hamlet during the duel without arousing suspicion.  As a back-up plan, Claudius also poisons a glass of wine which he intends to offer to Hamlet.  Gertrude, however, drinks from the glass first and dies.

During the duel, Hamlet is slightly wounded by Laertes, who has tipped his sword with a deadly poison.  In the ensuing tussle, the swords get switched and Hamlet wounds Laertes with the poisoned one.  Realising that he is about to die, and that Claudius has manipulated the situation, Laertes confesses everything, forgives Hamlet and dies.

As the poison takes hold and he realises that he too is about to die, Hamlet finally carries through his dead father’s wish for revenge.  He forces Claudius to drink the remaining poisoned wine, which quickly takes effect.

With his dying breath, Hamlet asks Horatio to ensure that his story is told accurately.

Young Fortinbras of Norway arrives at the head of his army, ready to assume control of a Denmark whose royal family has been destroyed by betrayal, murder and revenge.

Life of Gallileo RSC Stratford on Avon

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Tim from Virginia Lodge Guest house (me) went to the RSC to see this play & whilst its not a Shakespeare play it had a great story & the acting was very good.

Arguably Brecht’s greatest play, The Life of Galileo charts the
seventeenth century scientist’s extraordinary fight with the church over
his assertion that the earth orbits the sun. Brecht beautifully
captures the explosive struggle between scientific discovery and
religious fundamentalism.

There are interesting parralels with modern life, where religious belief frequently overtakes logic,scientific knowledge & common sense.

Good play to see & whilst in Stratford stay at www.virginialodge.co.uk