Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Day in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon is the birthplace to William Shakespeare and is a very picturesque area. A lot of people were in the area but this did not distract from the feel of the place. Once off the bus, we reached the street where Shakespeare was born. One of the libraries on this street is the Shakespeare Centre Library which is housed in the Shakespeare Centre. Unfortunately we did not get to go inside this library but I was curious so I looked up some information concerning their holdings. The library collects materials associated with Shakespeare’s life including an original edition of a play dating back to 1623. Other holdings include materials from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The other library on the street is only a few buildings down and is a public library. We only went into this library for a few minutes and did not get to speak with anyone.

The day was a free day so some friends and I walked around the town. On this walk we went to Shakespeare’s grave, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the river. After wondering around the area for a few hours, my class along with a couple other classes went to Swan Theatre to see a production of Cardenio. Cardenio is one of Shakespeare’s lost plays that has been reimaged. The play was not what I expected because I could actually follow along with the dialogue.

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