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UK Travel?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0249  Thursday, 29 January 2004

[1]     From:   Christine Gray <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 07:19:00 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0220 UK Travel?

[2]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 10:17:28 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0220 UK Travel?

[3]     From:   John Webb <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 19:53:29 -0000
        Subj:   Re: UK Travel?


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From:           Christine Gray <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 07:19:00 -0500
Subject: 15.0220 UK Travel?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0220 UK Travel?

I too have the same questions about travel to England.  Please either
reply to the list or include me in your replies to Marcia.  I plan on
going in April, though.  Is the weather too rainy in that month?

Thank you,
Christine Gray

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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 10:17:28 -0600
Subject: 15.0220 UK Travel?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0220 UK Travel?

 >My husband and I will be going to England in May, and I was wondering if
 >any of you would have advice about making the most of our short time
 >there (one week).

Don't overlook the Regent Park's Open Aire Theatre. Their productions
are not always academically fussy, but the overall experience is very
enjoyable.

p.s. Ian Talbot's production of Comedyat the OAT  was the  best, bar
none that I have ever seen (from among a few dozen).

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From:           John Webb <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 19:53:29 -0000
Subject:        Re: UK Travel?

Stratford is a compact town, and it's quite easy to walk round.

If you're thinking of visiting Stratford, and haven't been before, may I
recommend my own webpage:
http://mysite.freeserve.com/heartofengland/stratford.htm

That page illustrates, with photos, a walk round the town, with
hyperlinks to other useful websites. It's a large page, so if you have a
slow connection it will take a while to load, but should be worth the wait.

You can see The Birthplace (and visit the Shakespeare Centre), Nash's
House, Hall's Croft and Holy Trinity Church as part of that walk. That
might be enough for one day.

The best way to see the out-of-town properties, Anne Hathaway's Cottage
and Mary Arden's House, is by means of the City-Sightseeing Tour Bus.
See this page:
http://www.heart-of-england.net/stratford-tour.htm

You can get off the bus at any of the sights, and get back on a
following bus, to carry on the tour.

Mary Arden's House doesn't get much publicity, but from some viewpoints
is the most interesting of all the properties. See this page:
http://mysite.freeserve.com/heartofengland/wilmcote.htm

If you share Caroline Spurgeon's viewpoint, that the dominant imagery
used throughout Shakespeare is that of the countryside, then the
out-of-town properties, and especially Mary Arden's House, are the
places where that atmosphere is most readily experienced.

If you want to be adventurous, you could hire a car and visit
Snitterfield. The church at Snitterfield contains some Shakespeare
memorabilia. More about that here:
http://mysite.freeserve.com/heartofengland/snitterfield.htm

That's all just a personal view. It would be interesting to hear what
other Shaksperians consider to be the essence of the Shakespeare experience.

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