As part of the excursion itinerary at Rugby, students will have the opportunity to visit Stratford-upon-Avon and the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, Shakespeare’s influence is global. His works have been performed more times than any other playwright and have been translated into every major language.

Despite his impressive stature, it is perhaps surprising that we know so little about this enigmatic figure. What we do know of his life is that he was born in 1564, married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18 and was next spotted in London, described by a rival playwright as ‘an upstart crow’, around 1592.

Given the scant details of his life, and the importance of his work, it is understandable that scholars are engaged in fervent speculation about him. Theories surround Shakespeare and his plays are studied intensely by readers who continue to draw new meanings from them.

By visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, you’ll take a closer look at the man and the plays and perhaps formulate your own theories about him, and find more clues in his writing about who he was. After all, it was Shakespeare who wrote that:


‘My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.’

Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3, (100-103)

 9th May 2014 /    Alice /   Sight Seeing, Excursions, Education, Language & Grammar, Culture

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