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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has announced the second half of this year’s After Hours programme of events, where visitors are invited to enjoy a range of unique talks and creative workshops in the surroundings of the historic Shakespeare Family Homes, once they are closed to the public. This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to beat the crowds and enjoy a personal behind the scenes Shakespeare experience.

The programme continues on 10 August when a panel of experts from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Institute will discuss the life and legacy of 18th century actor David Garrick in what is the 250th anniversary of his Shakespeare Jubilee — the three-day event held in 1769 that really established the Shakespeare tourism industry in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Lucy Brant, creative programme officer at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said, “The first half of our 2019 After Hours programme has been a huge success. As well as welcoming back regular visitors we’ve also had a lot of new faces enjoying the talks and workshops that help us to tell the story of Shakespeare’s works, life and times. We have a superb line-up for the rest of the year, including the return of artist Ed Isaacs, as well a talk on herbs grown at Hall’s Croft, a light-hearted look at disgraced rulers in Shakespeare’s plays, and a good old fashioned pub quiz!”

Booking is essential for all events as places are limited, concession rates available. Book now at

The full programme:

Vision or Vanity

10 August, 5.30pm-7pm, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Join us for an exclusive panel discussion on the life and legacy of Shakespearian actor David Garrick. Our panel for the evening will be Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Professor Ewan Fernie from the Shakespeare Institute, and Rosalyn Sklar and Lisa Peter from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Tickets Adults £10.

Drawing the Birthplace

14 September, 5.30pm-7pm, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Artist Ed Isaacs is back by popular demand for a drawing workshop using Shakespeare’s Birthplace as the subject. Participants are required to bring their own sketchpads/sketchbooks. Tickets Adults £10.

Herbs for Health

12 October, 5.30pm-7pm, Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon
Growing in the Hall’s Croft garden lie the hidden secret recipes to natural good health. You can find out more about the remedies used by Tudors that still influence our wellbeing to this very day. Tickets Adults £10.

Over Throne

9 November, 5.30pm-7pm, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Hosted by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s senior lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, Dr Anjna Chouhan, this performance and discussion will take a look at the lives of the disgraced rulers who were overthrown in Shakespeare’s plays. Tickets Adults £10.

Christmas Shakespeare Pub Quiz

14 December, 7pm-9pm, Will’s Kitchen, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Find your competitive spirit this Christmas and take part in our Shakespeare pub quiz for trivia with a twist — don’t worry they won’t all be about Shakespeare! Tickets from £5.

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