The bard’s town
Shakespeare may be from the Cotswolds, but the historic market town that bore him reveals little about the bard’s early career. His birth and baptism are recorded, but he remains a vague personage until he materialises in London, virtually a fully-fledged poet and playwright. He spent much of his life in Stratford, providing it with more than enough justification to celebrate his association with the town tastefully, authoritatively as well as lucractively.
Stratford is internationally renowned as the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, long recognised as the world’s leading classical theatre corporation. Some of the world’s most distinguished actors and directors work with the company.