to perform musical settings of Shakespeare. The concert will form part of the town's Birthday Celebrations and will feature the world premiere of a new work by award-winning composer Gary Carpenter, as well as the world premiere of a new arrangement of Stephen Sondheim's 'Fear No More'. The concert will include performances by the Stratford-upon-Avon Chamber Choir, Holy Trinity Church Choir and Cantare, a newly formed chamber choir based in Stratford.
Cycle Shakespeare's Way
Celebrate England's most famous playwright by cycling Shakespeare's way from his hometown in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Capital where his name became immortalised. This new package takes guests through the beautiful and quintessentially English towns of The Cotswolds and The Chilterns, towards Shakespeare's Globe and the newly opened Sam Wanamaker Theatre on London's Southbank. Visitors will be able to re-create the Bard's journey by booking a gentle package or an intense cycling package.
The Globe Theatre's 2014 season
The open air theatre's 2014 season will mark the writer's anniversary with new productions of Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors. A world tour of Hamlet Globe to Globe will begin at Shakespeare's Globe on April 23, 2014 and tour every country in the world over a two-year period.
Shakespeare in Love
A new stage version of the eponymous film opens at the Noel Coward Theatre this July. Plagued by debt, tormented by writer's block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
Celebrate in Shakespeare's Birthtown
Stratford-upon-Avon's celebrations of the anniversary will take place on April 26- 27, when thousands of visitors are expected in the town. There will be an extended programme of events and activities at the five Shakespeare family homes and free entertainment in the streets and parks of Stratford-upon-Avon throughout the weekend. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will be running a range of free activities for all the family in and around its theatres on April26, including storytelling sessions, stage fighting workshops and the chance to see how fake scars and bruises are created.