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Discover Shakespeare’s England in 2015

21st January 2015

Discover Shakespeare’s England in 2015 and enjoy a host of exciting events and activities for all the family. See a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of The Merchant of Venice, visit Wicked Warwick and Evolution – Merlin Dragon Tower at Warwick Castle, see new exhibitions at Compton Verney, wander around the new Museum Collections Centre at the Heritage Motor Centre or simply stroll around the stunning gardens that the area has to offer. Make 2015 the year you discover the magic of Shakespeare’s England.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced their summer 2015 season. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, directed by Gregory Doran, with Antony Sher as Willy Loman will run from 26 March – 2 May. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Polly Findlay will run from 14 May – 2 September and Othello by William Shakespeare, directed by Iqbal Khan, with Hugh Quarshie in the title role and Lucian Msamati as Iago will run from 4 June – 28 August.

Warwick Castle will welcome back Horrible Histories for the third year in 2015 and introduce a brand new stage show offering twice-daily live fun from Whitsun throughout summer. The story of the Castle from 914 to the present day will be told in a brand new immersive experience set to open early in the New Year. Glamping returns to the banks of the River Avon from spring onwards and Warwick Castle now offers year-round deluxe accommodation in two Tower Suites.

Compton Verney will stage a number of exciting exhibitions including Canaletto: Celebrating Britain from 14 March – 7 June. This exhibition spotlights the paintings and drawings which Canaletto created between 1746 and 1755, when he chose to celebrate the latest achievements of British architecture and engineering. This is the first time that these painting have been gathered together. The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now runs from 27 June –13 September. From the Garden to the Dining Room, the exhibition explores the Movement’s fascination with the creation of the Home and its influence today.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival takes place from Saturday 25 April - Sunday 3 May and is 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. In 2015 the Festival will celebrate its 8th year with a packed programme of literary events, including writing workshops, debates, celebrity author events and poetry at the Stratford Artshouse.

The Stratford Butterfly Farm will be celebrating its 30th birthday in July. Set in a large tropical greenhouse, landscaped with waterfalls, ponds and tropical plants, the Farm opened in 1985. Thousands of exotic butterflies from all over the world fly within the greenhouse. The Farm enables visitors to see live insects behaving as naturally as possible in their natural habitats and is the largest and most comprehensive attraction of its type in Europe.

Hill Close Gardens will celebrate a Victorian Easter from 4 – 6 April in tribute to its Victorian heritage. Visitors can enjoy seasonal displays of the art of Floriography (the language of flowers), the Victorian history of Easter eggs and cards and a feature on Victorian Simnel Cake. On Midsummer Night (21 June), the Gardens will celebrate with music when visitors can hear singer Katie Leaver performing a programme of classical and operatic favourites. Lammas Day, the medieval harvest festival on 1 August will be celebrated with a special Harvest Weekend and Lammas Food Festival.

The new Museum Collection Centre (MCC) at the Heritage Motor Centre will open in late summer. The MCC will house the reserve collection of the Trust which numbers more than 100 cars, and includes many rare prototypes, ‘first and last’ vehicles and others rarely seen by the public in the 21 years since the HMC opened. The building will also house the reserve collection of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. The 3,000 sq. m building will provide space for up to 250 cars on two floors plus a new workshop and a purpose built learning space.

Ragley will host its fifth spectacular Battle Proms open air concert on Saturday 15 August. Guests can enjoy an unrivalled blend of musical talent, expert displays, spectacular pyrotechnics and a celebratory atmosphere which makes this event truly memorable.

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