New Place: New Chapter
Shakespeare’s New Place is changing. We're transforming the site of the only home he ever bought, to create a major new heritage landmark where you can let your imagination soar as Shakespeare’s did. Visit the very place where he lived for 19 years of his adult life, here in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Shakespeare’s New Place will enter a new chapter as the jewel in the crown of our literary and cultural heritage, at the heart of the worldwide celebrations of 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016. The re-imagination of this unique site will be the single most significant and enduring Shakespearian project anywhere in the world to commemorate the anniversary of his death in 2016.
You will be invited to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps through a new threshold on the site of his gatehouse, trace the footprint of his family home in a contemporary landscape setting and discover the story of the world famous playwright at the height of his success as a writer, family man and prominent citizen of his home town. Commissioned artworks and displays throughout the site will evoke a sense of family life and the 26 major works written during Shakespeare’s ownership of New Place. A new exhibition centre will feature rare and important artefacts relating to Shakespeare’s life at New Place, many of them on display for the first time.
The sunken Knot Garden, will be restored in keeping with the intention of the original design by Ernest Law and elements of the Great Garden, the largest surviving part of Shakespeare’s estate, will be conserved and restored following the opening of New Place in 2016.
Breathing new life into New Place is going to cost £5.25 million. In order to finance the transformation we have launched our biggest single fundraising campaign since we built the Shakespeare Centre in 1964. We are appealing to Shakespeare lovers from around the world to help us do this, and we hope that you will want to play your part in this unique project to re-imagine New Place.