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Stratford’s 11th annual Literary Festival takes place at the Stratford Artshouse from Sunday April 22 to Sunday April 29.
Alongside education events involving local schools, there will be a week of debate, ideas, workshops and humour. Celebrity author events include Jeremy Vine, Alan Johnson, Harry Hill, Louise Minchin, Rose Tremain and Harriet Hartman.
Shakespeare’s story of love at first sight divided by family ties plays in the main theatre until September 21 before transferring to London.
Romeo is played by Bally Gill and Juliet by Karen Fishwick.
Mary Pix’s 1700 comedy of manners is at The Swan Theatre until June 14th.
Widow of a wealthy banker, Mrs Rich craves acceptance as a woman of quality and entry into high society. The play is about snobbery, social aspiration and a cruel deception – it has loud bangs, two dogs and lots of fun.
If you’re visiting Stratford on April 21st, you can enjoy the town’s Shakespeare birthday celebrations including performances, a parade and a party.
Tickets are selling fast but if you are quick, you may get to see Christopher Eccleston’s debut at the RSC as Macbeth. Niamh Cusack stars as his wife and Shakespeare’s best known tragedy runs from 13 March to 18 September.
John Webster’s play ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ opens at the RSC on March 1st in the Swan Theatre.
Webster was born 16 years after Shakespeare. You may remember him from the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ portrayed as the young street urchin who enjoys feeding live mice to cats.
The characters in Webster’s plays tend to meet rather gruesome ends and in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, two corrupt brothers take revenge on their sister for marrying below her class. The play is full of grotesque violence, toxic masculinity and dark humour.
Directed by Maria Aberg and starring Joan Iyiola as the Duchess, the play runs until August 3rd.
Ambleside Guest House is just a few minutes’ walk from the RSC. Click here to view our rooms.
Following his successful adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, Mike Poulton has turned to the power politics of Ancient Rome in Robert Harris’s best selling Cicero trilogy.
Imperium follows Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, through power struggles, civil wars, triumphs and disasters.
Staged as 6 plays presented in 2 performances each with 2 intervals, Imperium runs in The Swan Theatre until 10 Feb. It us directed by Gregory Doran and has been highly praised by the critics.
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night opened at the RSC on November 2nd and stars Kara Tointon and Adrian Edmondson. It runs until Feb 24th.
This winter the RSC has a brand new adaptation of one of Charles Dickens‘ most loved stories ‘A Christmas Carol‘ with Phil Davis as Ebeneezer Scrooge.
The production plays from Nov 27 to 4 Feb and is suitable for all ages above 7 years. Children’s tickets are half price.
Three big new productions of popular Shakespeare plays have been announced for the 2018 season.
Macbeth with Christopher Eccleston in the title role opens on March 13th.
A new production of Romeo and Juliet opens on April 21st.
The Merry Wives of Windsor with David Troughton as Falstaff opens on August 4th.
This is only the second year for this festival and they are building on last year’s success with some great guest writers – Sarah Dunant, Lucinda Hawksley, Dan Jones, Alexander McCall Smith, Charles Spencer and A N Wilson amongst others.
The festival takes place October 2-8 plus there is a series of Teatime Talks in November from the 4-25.
The local history project for 2017 is IN AND AROUND WARWICK.
As well as talks by writers there are all sorts of interesting presentations, tours and quizzes including:
Jane Austen Tea in the Ballroom
Lenin the Dictator
George Eliot and Warwickshire
Kitchen Life of the Tudors
Plants to Pills
Events take place in and around Warwick – many at the historic Lord Leycester Hospital.
Give us a call at Ambleside for more information.