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The Birthday Lunch is a traditional part of the annual Shakespeare birthday celebrations.
There will be the customary speeches and toasts and the presentation of the Pragnell Award. This year’s after lunch speakers will include Erica Whyman of the RSC, Tim Cooke of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the arts journalist and broadcaster Paul Allen.
As in previous years, there will be boat transfers from Holy Trinity Church to the hotel. The boats, organised by Fiona Rae of Bancroft Cruisers, will start to leave from the Dell at about 11.50am to enable those guests who have been in the parade to travel to the hotel on the river, arriving in time for the reception.
Tickets will be priced at £49 for a combined lunch and boat transfer ticket and at £43 for a lunch ticket.