The workshop sounds like a great experience. I can imagine you as Puck, actually.
I was also fearful of Stratford being a type of tourist trap but you are right. It's just not. It's lovely, and yes, there are shops, but it's all in good taste mostly and the Shakespeare presence is so strong and alive. I need to return as we had only a very short visit there.
We're booked to back later this summer- and this time we'll actually be seeing a couple of plays.
Thank you for making a lovely place *more real* to me.
It sounds like you had a great time!
I'm glad you liked it. We're booked to return in August.
It is truly lovely! How fortunate you are to be able to get there for vacation. The UK is number one on my must see list if an whenever I have money for travel. And Stratford? To see Shakespeare performed in his own town? Heaven!
This was only my second visit to Stratford- but we're going again later this summer- and this time we're booked to see a couple of plays.
What a charming picture of the girl and the swan!
I have never actual ACTED Shakespeare, but I have experienced it as I believe it was meant to BE experienced. I had a group of friends several years back that were all actors at the local Renne Faire. I hung out at director's house sometimes while they rehearsed. I laughed and joked with them. Shared food and drink. Then, at Faire, I went to see them perform, day after day. There was something magickal about that, too. I got to know Midsummers Night Dream like I NEVER would have gotten to know it otherwise. It was a personal experience for me, much loved and much cherished.
I acted in Shakespeare at school. My starriest role was as Antigonus- the guy who "exit(s) pursued by a bear" in A Winter's Tale. That was a wonderful experience. It wasn't a great production- but we had a director who was marking time as a schoolmaster before moving into the professional theatre and we all put our hearts into it.
A Winter's Tale remains my favourite play in the canon.
It's been an age since I've been to Stratford; my favourite part is the butterfly centre, they always love my mum and she ends up with massive blue butterflies sitting on her shoulders. I love the canal too, but then I've got a bit of a thing about canals. :)
We ate at the Vinter on our first visit and it was very mediocre (and expensive!) so wee took our own lunch the next time. tastier and cheaper!
Glad you had a good day :)
I suppose there may have been changes at the Vinter- or perhaps you hit a bad day and we hit a good one. It wasn't cheap, but I didn't think it was exorbitant. And- seriously- they gave us one of the best meals I've eaten in ages- unpretentious but beautifully cooked. :)
In 1974, I went on a Christmas-break trip to London and Stratford was one of the day trips in the package.
We did the touristy thing--The Church, The Home, The Hathaway Home, The RSC building. No plays, sadly, but I still remember the day well. It was the first time I'd been out of the USA, and I was amazed to discover that there were places on earth that were *green* on the first day of January. I come from the northern US, after all; January means there must be feet of snow on the ground and below zero(F) temps.
I should go back--I'd appreciate it much more now that I have some miles under my belt, Shakespeare-wise.
The English climate- thanks, I suppose, to global warming- gets milder and milder. Snow is becoming an ever rarer experience. This past year we had hardly any snow over the winter- followed by a few unseasonal flurries in early spring.
You can't cheapen Shakespeare; he's bigger than you are- and this town belongs to him.
I sang in Stratford, in high school; I remember that, and Canterbury, and Chartres, particularly.
I was at university in Canterbury- and my sister used to live there- so I know it well. I've visited Chartres a few times- but not recently.