Billy Shakes and his two friends tell the story of the Big Bard’s childhood and how he discovered his ability to be the famous playwright we know him as today.
We hadn’t visited Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre before and it didn’t disappoint, what a great structure bringing the sense of Elizabethan times. We were “Groundlings” which was fab as the children were really involved and felt part of the performance. One TOP TIP (that we forgot) is to take a picnic blanket. We did take water and a little snack (helps concentration!). It was perfect on such a hot day as we were in the shade and the theatre was cool. There is also the free-to-enter Shakespearean village, offering food and drinks from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings with an array of things to see and explore for children.
We thoroughly enjoyed the performance with lively music and funny scenes bringing together the story. Henry and Eliza were engaged throughout and were enthused on the way home. The highlight being when we got to throw “rotten” vegetables!
It was fun, entertaining and very clever, appealing to all family members. A lighthearted way to spend the morning.
The three actors were brilliant, really making it a fun performance with stories, movement and music. Perfectly pitched child-friendly theatre, a lovely introduction to Shakespeare.
The performances start at 10.30am on selected mornings between 23rd July and 24th August 2019, running for 50 minutes and is suitable for 4 years plus. Eliza starts school in September and she certainly enjoyed it so this is an accurate age range.
Groundlings Tickets £14 per person, Family ticket (4 person, one a child under 16) £44
Seated (Lower Tier Only) £16 per person, Family ticket £50