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The oldest Shakespeare society in existence celebrates its 200th anniversary in April 2024

 On Shakespeare’s Birthday in 1824 some twenty townsmen of Stratford-upon-Avon brought the Shakespearean Club of Stratford into being over dinner at the Falcon Inn.

Those early members took determined action which began the transformation of the town into a place of cultural pilgrimage making it the internationally famous tourist destination that it is today. The Club remains an independent organisation run by local people for local people, focused on Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon’s local poet.

The Club celebrate its bicentenary with a series of events in the month of April:

8-24 April, Stratford Public Library, Henley St.: A panel exhibition about the Club’s early history in documents and images will be open to the public.

13 April, Stratford Town Hall: Club members and their guests will meet to celebrate with tea, cake and songs.

20 April, Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations: Club members will take pride of place in the Stratford Birthday procession and march en masse with rosettes and banners.

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The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon
'Long life to the Club call'd Shakspearean'

By Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris
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