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London from Southwark, c.1630. Old London Bridge is in the right foreground and old St Paul's Cathedral on the skyline to the left. This is one of the few remaining pictures showing the city before the Great Fire. photoS: Credit: Digital Image Library / Alamy

Discover Shakespeare’s London

Follow our guided tour from St Paul’s to London Bridge for a vivid glimpse of the city in Shakespearean times WORDS David Thomas Start at St Paul’s Station. Take exit two from the station and...
King James I (James VI of Scotland)

Who was James VI? How did he escape the Gunpowder Plot?

King James oversaw a relatively peaceful reign, despite Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was King of Scotland as James VI from 1567 and King of England and Ireland...
Anne Hathaway's cottage

Shakespeare’s gardens: in pictures

There's more to Shakespeare's home county of Warwickshire than Stratford-upon-Avon. Here we take a tour of some of its most splendid gardens, from the grounds of Compton Verney to Anne Hathaway's cottage Compton Verney This stately...
shakespeare's new place

Shakespeare’s New Place is now open

This summer a new heritage attraction will open at Shakespeare's New Place, on the site of the house that the playwright called home for the last 19 years
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BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespeare 400 events in 2016

We’ve picked out 10 of the biggest and best Shakespeare 400 events in the UK and around the world, from free online courses to amazing exhibitions, so you can celebrate the Bard wherever you are.

April: Tudor of the Month – William Shakespeare

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores one of the most famous of them all, the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.
10 facts you didn't know about Shakespeare

BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespeare facts

William Shakespeare is a part of the fabric of British life, but how much do you really know about the Bard, his life and plays? Here are 10 fascinating Shakespeare facts you might not know...
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Shakespeare on screen

A host of star names are onboard to celebrate the bard as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival marking the 400th anniversary of this death.

The Winter’s Tale: a festive feast in the West End

As Kenneth Branagh’s yearlong season in the West End's Garrick Theatre continues, we review his seasonal programme, including The Winter's Tale starring Judi Dench. With a smattering of British icons, a generous dollop of young talent...
Richard II, globe

10 facts about King Richard II’s reign

King Richard II surrendered power to his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who went on to reign as King Henry IV. We know him best as Shakespeare’s tragically vain ruler. But where does fact meet fiction? Richard II (6...

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