Let the show begin!
The Royal Shakespeare Company is the principal theatrical company that stages the playwright’s works. Although it tours the whole country, most of the plays are staged in the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
He changed the history of literature, but in order to discover his past you have to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the town where he was born in 1564. The town still boasts rows of Tudor houses and wooden roofs, but one in particular stands out: the house where the playwright was born. Its size, bigger than the others, shows that the writer’s father, a businessman by profession, was a prosperous man.
Shakespeare’s life is a mystery. He dissapeared off the radar in 1585 to return again in London decades later, having become a famous writer. During this time, his children and his wife, Anne Hathaway, remained in the village. Their marriage was more than a little complicated: the playwright expressed the desire for her remains not to be buried next to his. This was not the only insult: in his will he left her his “second-best bed”. The eldest daughter from the marriage, Susan, married a doctor and they lived in Hall’s Croft, which you can also visit. 80% of the house is composed of the original structure from 1613. Shakespeare’s son died at eleven, and this event inspired Shakespeare to write ‘Hamlet’. You can also visit his wife’s house. Part of the original family furniture has been preserved, including Anne’s canopied bed.