RSC commemorates the death of the Bard

David Tennant in Richard II
David Tennant in Richard II

The RSC has comissioned a brand new self guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Opening on Saturday January 30 and running throughout the birthday period and is free of charge.

Entitled Shakespeare Steps, it has been devised by Birmingham based theatre company Stan’s Cafe, and invites people to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous playwright.

The free self-guided tour, which involves eight locations, will run alongside Stratford’s historic spine.

At each stop visitors can follow footsteps and speech bubbles painted on pavements that work as instructions for acting out mini dramas.

The self-guided tour is inspired by Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man speech from As You Like It, and brings to life aspects of Shakespeare’s plays, his life in Stratford and historical facts about the town.

There will be a free map will also be available to guide visitors, giving them historical background and a treasure hunt challenge for children.

It will be part of a wide range of activities organised by the RSC to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

This will include live screenings of classic Shakespeare plays starring the likes of David Tennant, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench.

For further information about the tour and other events as part of the anniversary visit www.rsc.org.uk.