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Snow in Summer at the RSC

Opening in The Swan Theatre next month, Snow in Midsummer is a contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous Classical Chinese dramas.  This is the first production in the RSC’s Chinese Translations Project, a cultural exchange bringing Chinese classics to a modern western audience.

The play stars Harry Potter actor Katie Leung and runs from Feb 23 – Mar 25

The RSC in the New Year

IMG_5087Planning a visit to the RSC? Why not spend the weekend at Virginia Lodge?

The RSC has just announced its 2016 spring and summer season – celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation – co-produced with 14 amateur companies across the UK, it opens in Stratford upon Avon before embarking on a nationwide tour.

There are productions of Hamlet and Cymbeline and in The Swan Theatre a production of Don Quixote featuring David Threlfall and Rufus Hound.

Also in The Swan Theatre, two new productions of Marlowe’s Dr Faustus and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.

Our Stay – Absolutely fabulous – September 18th

The stay at Virgina Lodge was absolutely exceptional. I’ve never written a review like this before – though I have stayed in many “posh” and not-so-posh places in all parts of the world. from Philadelpha USA to Tokyo, Japan. The location, atmosphere, rooms, and care at Virginia Lodge are unforgettable. And Tim, especially, but also his colleagues are wonderul in their warmth, advice, help and assistance. It was SO good, that I just had to write here. Ian Flintoff (former actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company but, on this occasion, looking for a good place to stay with friends and one from France – and WE FOUND IT!)

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.

 

RSC ticket holders, 10% discount at Virginia Lodge Stratford

Going to the RSC in Stratford upon Avon?

book a room at www.virginialodge.co.uk or Tel 01789 292157

Save 10% on your accommodation by showing us your tickets.

Go and see ‘As you like it’ starts 20th April 2013

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.

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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Bring up the bodies, RSC Stratford uponn avon 19th Dec 2013

A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies plays in two parts this season in the Swan Theatre.

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Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry’s side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position.

When the King begins to fall in love with the seemingly plain Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions.

Great book which I highly recommend.

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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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Speakers 2013