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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust launches unique programme of after hours events

15th February 2017

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is launching a special programme of after-hours events, where visitors are invited to enjoy a range of unique talks and workshops once the crowds have left - from bhangra dancing and book-binding, to historical fashion and Shakespeare’s relationship with cheese.

The Shakespeare After Hours programme is a welcome addition to the events line up in 2017, which includes the 170th anniversary of the saving of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and Shakespeare in South Asia celebrations.

The after-hours experience begins on the 11 March with Irish in the Archives, in honour of St Patrick’s Day and the proud literary links between Shakespeare and Ireland. Visitors are invited to enjoy an evening of talks, readings and displays that explore the Irish connection of Shakespeare, Stratford and Ireland. This special event will also include a delicious range of Irish refreshments as well as performances of traditional Celtic music and dance.

This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to beat the crowds and enjoy a personal behind the scenes Shakespeare experience. Elizabeth Dollimore, Outreach and Primary Learning Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust revealed “We are thrilled to be launching a fantastic range of after-hours events this year. It’s the perfect way to discover more about Shakespeare’s world, try something new and explore our wonderful properties in finer detail. We have a superb line up, with events ranging from garden talks to artistic workshops, there’s something for everyone.”

Other exciting events include:

15 April – Ahead of the Trust’s Shakespeare in South Asia exhibition which opens its doors in May, enjoy a special evening of North Indian Literature, Shakespeare and Music with Jason Singh. Join Jason for a night of musical composition inspired by Shakespeare himself.

13 May - Alycia Smith Howard, a Shakespeare scholar and co-author of “The food of love”, presents Shakespeare’s Cheese - an evening of tasting and talks about the food that influenced Shakespeare and his works. Shakespeare’s Cheese is in partnership with Paxton and Whitfield.

10 June - Embark on an exclusive tour of The Edwardian Garden at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage with our Head Gardener, Glyn Jones. Join him for a stroll around the gardens looking at Ellen Willmott's designs and the Cottage’s extensive grounds.

15 July - Get ready to move at The Shakespeare’s Centre on the 15 July with our Bhangra Dance Workshop. Let Liz and Devinder from In2Cultures teach you how boogie - Bhangra style!

12 August - Embrace your crafty side and create the perfect gift with Marie Jeanne Parmentier’s Book Binding Workshop. Make your very own hard back notebook with a range of gorgeous materials on the

16 September - The New Place garden talk with our Head of Gardens, Glyn Jones. Let our expert guide you through the re-interpreted garden at Shakespeare's New Place. Study the design, planting, and the fantastic 3D art installations as well as the sunken knot garden, restored to Ernest Law’s original design.

14 October (4.30pm – 6pm), all you need are some paints, brushes and imagination for the Art at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage class. Take inspiration from the stunning surroundings to create mixed media art works with artist and designer Sophie Clausen.

11 November (4.30pm – 5.30pm) Learn the Social Secrets of Fashion in the Elizabethan age with social historian Nic Fulcher. Discover how power dressing helped Elizabethans get ahead and the links between fashion trends then and now.

16 December (4.30pm – 5.30pm) Have a very merry Tudor Christmas this year at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Let our resident Tudor guide Sharon Lippett reveal the Christmas traditions that shaped a Tudor household and try the foods that adorned the Christmas day table.

All Shakespeare After Hours events are held on Saturdays from 5:30pm, unless otherwise stated. Tickets cost £8 or £5 for Friends members. For more information and to book tickets, visit Advance tickets can also be purchased at any of the five Shakespeare Houses in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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