Exciting new plans for New Place

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is inviting you to give your views on a new look at New Place.

21 June 2013

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is inviting you to give your feedback on a new look at New Place - Shakespeare's final home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is inviting everyone with an interest in the future of New Place, Shakespeare’s final home in Stratford-upon-Avon, to consult on proposals to reinvigorate the unique heritage site.  The charity is holding three consultation sessions:

- there will be a community consultation day on Tuesday 25 June, from 10am until 7pm.  There will be an opportunity to view outline proposals, talk to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust team, and give your feedback.  There will be two short presentations at 2.30pm and 6.30pm from senior members of the New Place project team. 

- Members of the public will also be welcome to view the site and proposals on Friday 12 July from 10am until 5pm.

- There will be a separate briefing for Stratford’s business community on 12 July at 7.30-9am, with a short presentation at 8am.

- There will be a presentation for academic and special interest groups on 12 July at 6-7.30pm, with a short presentation at 6.30pm.

- All of the sessions will be held at Nash’s House & New Place, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EP, with free entry to attend the consultation sessions.

Mark Armstrong, Head of Major Projects at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said, “We have exciting plans to revitalise New Place and bring to life the story of this wonderful site with many layers of cultural heritage and Stratford-upon-Avon’s history.  Our aim is to create an exceptional space which would open in 2016 as a lasting legacy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  We want to involve all parts of the Stratford community - and everyone with an interest in this important site at the heart of our town – in helping us shape the future of New Place.”

Initial design concepts include a ghost-like structure on the footprint of Shakespeare’s home to create a real sense of arrival at the place where the world’s best known playwright lived and wrote at the height of his powers; the restoration of the Knot Garden and the transformation of the Great Garden with contemporary planting and space for informal entertainment and performance; and the conservation and enhancement of Nash’s House to provide an exhibition centre which will tell the story of Shakespeare, the man, and his life in Stratford.


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will post further information and updates about proposals for New Place on its web site www.shakespeare.org.uk.  For public enquiries email: marketing@shakespeare.org.uk or telephone 01789 204016.

For media enquiries please contact:
Lynn Beddoe
PR and Public Affairs Manager
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
T: 01789 207134
E: lynn.beddoe@shakespeare.org.uk