Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears – Shakespeare’s Birthplace is reopening on August 1st!
Due to the recent pandemic, the five buildings relating to Shakespeare and his family were closed for safety purposes by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The charity was established in 1847 and has shared appreciation for the honored playwright ever since. Shakespeare’s childhood home on Stratford-upon-Avon in England is the only relic that is set to open thus far – the rest have been reported to open in 2021.
A regular visit at Shakespeare’s Birthplace entails intriguing greetings and interactions with actors displaying Elizabethan garb. This has since been removed in order to maintain social distancing. Visitors must wear masks and purchase tickets online.
Rachael O’Connor-Boyd, director of business development at the Birthplace, admires the magic the historic site brings to guests.
I think that even if you don’t think you love Shakespeare, there’s something to discover about a humble boy from Stratford who had a grammar school education, who went on to become perhaps the most famous poet and playwright in the world and we should be rightly proud of that heritage.
Likely constructed during the mid-16th century, the home appears modest by contemporary standards yet was considered extravagant during its time. Documents from 1552 reveal that Shakespeare’s father once faced a fine for leaving a “pile of muck” outside of the home, proving the family’s residence. The Birthplace Trust has kept it true to the Shakespearean time period with the proper furnishing and a garden displaying period-specific flowers.
To visit, or not to visit? That is the question!