Grand Opening of Shakespeare's New Place
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is transforming New Place, the site of Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon for the last 19 years of his life into a major new heritage landmark where visitors can make their own personal connection with Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s New Place will enter a new chapter as the jewel in the crown of our literary and cultural heritage, at the heart of the worldwide celebrations of 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016. The re-imagination of this unique site will be the single most significant and enduring Shakespearian project anywhere in the world to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death in April 2016.
Visitors will be invited to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new threshold on the site of his gatehouse, trace the footprint of his family home in a contemporary landscape setting and discover the story of the world famous playwright at the height of his success as a writer, family man and prominent citizen of his home town. Commissioned artworks and displays throughout the site will evoke a sense of family life and the 26 major works written during Shakespeare’s ownership of New Place.
A new exhibition centre in the adjoining Nash's House (former home of wealthy 17th century townsman Thomas Nash and Shakespeare’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Hall), explores the different facets of Shakespeare’s life as a husband, father and wealthy businessman, featuring rare and important artefacts relating to his time at New Place, many of them on display for the first time.
New Place’s Grade II listed Great Garden and the Knot Garden, created after World War I, will also be restored in the spirit of the original.
Shakespeare’s New Place will become one of Stratford-upon-Avon's most enduring heritage landmarks - a true interpretation of the life and times of the world’s most famous playwright. For more information, visit www.shakespeare.org.uk.