Category Archives: Stratford-upon-Avon

Celebrating Gregory Doran and Sir Antony Sher

The day before Shakespeare’s Birthday, 22 April 2022, Gregory Doran announced that he was standing down from his post as Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He’s held it for 10 years, a period of political unrest with issues … Continue reading

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Happy 458th Birthday William Shakespeare

A little late, I’m posting some photographs from the Parade on 23 April 2022, at Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon. There was a particularly celebratory feel to this event as people came together for the first time since 2019. It’s … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Come Home – the story completed

On Friday 22 April 2022 the project to restore the 1769 statue of Shakespeare to the Town Hall was finally completed. I wrote recently about the process of conservation and placing the statue back in place. The money to carry … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Come Home!

In August 2021 I wrote a post about the project to restore the 1769 statue  of Shakespeare that has stood in its niche on Stratford’s Town Hall ever since David Garrick gave it to the people of Stratford. It’s the … Continue reading

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Restoring John Cheere’s Shakespeare statue

Stratford-upon-Avon’s  Town Hall is one of the most important of the town’s buildings, associated with Shakespeare through its dedication at the time of the Garrick Jubilee in 1769. This summer its familiar stone frontages have been covered in scaffolding as … Continue reading

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Farewell to Jim Morris

This morning, 21 August 2021, my brother-in-law, James (Jim) Morris died in hospital in Australia, where he had lived for over sixty years. Although he had left Stratford as a teenager and his subsequent life was full of adventure he … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare 23 April 2021

“I would I had some flowers of the spring” Today, 23 April, is William Shakespeare’s Birthday. I’ve already been down to Holy Trinity Church where he was baptised and buried to leave a little posy of spring flowers from my … Continue reading

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Remembering the Duke of Edinburgh in Stratford-upon-Avon

Today, 9 April 2021 we’ve all heard the sad news that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has died aged 99. He’s been one of the most recognizable figures in public life for as long as any of us can … Continue reading

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The end of “churlish winter’s tyranny”: February in Shakespeare’s Stratford

Not many people are sorry to see the end of February, and with it the end of meteorological winter. If we’re lucky it’s also the end of what Shakespeare called “churlish winter’s tyranny”. In Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick is … Continue reading

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Stratford in 2020, and welcome to 2021

Few of us will be sorry to leave 2020 behind and to welcome 2021. Even for those unaffected by the virus, it’s been a dreary year with few opportunities to enjoy the things we’d say make us human: music, dance, … Continue reading

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