A day in Stratford
Wednesday we all boarded a bus and drove two and a half hours to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. It was a wonderful and very active day. We left the hotel at 6:30 AM and arrive around 9:00 AM.
We walked into the town and was greeted by William Shakespeare himself.
We followed the Avon to the RSC and on the way met a few more friends – the Swans of Avon.
We then toured the newly renovated RSC Theatre including The Swan.
The space is beautiful and our hosts took us throughout their spaces from Dressing rooms to the Booth and backstage to lobby. As part of the renovation, they took the stage planking and placed them in the new lobby spaces so we trod the same boards as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and Judy Dench.
We ended the tour in the Swan Theatre, where we were to see Measure For Measure later in the afternoon.
We them met our tour guide and spent the next two hours touring Stratford visiting many of the key sites including the Church of the Holy Trinity and Shakespeare’s Grave.
We walked across the town seeing the schoolhouse, the Guildhall, and ended at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
After a quick lunch we gathered in the Swan Theatre to watch an interesting production of Measure for Measure. Although we were all tired, the production was solid and the text work a wonderful lessor for our students.
Rain began to fall as we exited the theatre and following a tradition Pub dinner at The Dirty Duck (AKA The Black Swan) we boarded the bus back to London. But work for the day was not done. As we traveled back to the city, the cast work through the play by running lines.