From a humble Stratford-on-Avon village emerged one of the world’s greatest writers,
William Shakespeare (about whom very little is actuallyknown). He was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

The town of Stratford is still charming although quite touristic. It lies on the River Avon, 22 miles (35 km) south east of Birmingham and 8 miles (13 km) south west of the county town, Warwick. It is the main town of the District of Stratford-on-Avon, which uses the term "on" to indicate that it covers a much larger area than the town itself. In 2001, the town’s population was 24,000.



Stratford has several learning institutions for studying literature, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Shakespeare Institute (part of the University of Birmingham).
On the River Avon is the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, unquestionably the finest venue for Shakesperean plays in the world.

Shakespeare (1564-1616) portrait
Shakespeare (1564-1616) portrait...
Shakespeare birthplace in Stratford
Shakespeare birthplace in Stratford...
Shakespeare folio cover
Shakespeare folio cover...
Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) on River Avon
Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) on River Avon...
RSC play listings outside
RSC play listings outside...
Shakespeare monument & Prince Hal
Shakespeare monument & Prince Hal...
Shakespeare monument
Shakespeare monument...
Swan Theatre adjacent to RST
Swan Theatre adjacent to RST...
Trinity Church reflected (Shakespeare's grave inside)
Trinity Church reflected (Shakespeare's grave inside)...
Trinity Church altar with flowers (1964 quadricentenial celebration)
Trinity Church altar with flowers (1964 quadricentenial cele...
Trinity Church altar
Trinity Church altar...
Shakespeare's grave stone in Trinity Church
Shakespeare's grave stone in Trinity Church...
Rubbing from Shakespeare's grave stone
Rubbing from Shakespeare's grave stone...
Trinity Church entry gate
Trinity Church entry gate...
Trinity Church on River Avon in winter
Trinity Church on River Avon in winter...
Trinity Church on River Avon in winter 2
Trinity Church on River Avon in winter 2...
Swans of Avon
Swans of Avon...
Stratford on December night
Stratford on December night...
Stratford sign 1
Stratford sign 1...
Stratford sign 2
Stratford sign 2...
Stratford sign 3
Stratford sign 3...
Stratford sign 4
Stratford sign 4...
Stratford signs and Guild Hall
Stratford signs and Guild Hall...
Shakespeare Research and Study Center
Shakespeare Research and Study Center...
Prof. Stanley Wells-Shakespeare Institute
Prof. Stanley Wells-Shakespeare Institute...
Shakespeare Institute (Univ.of Birmingham)
Shakespeare Institute (Univ.of Birmingham)...
Robert Smallwood - Shakespeare Center
Robert Smallwood - Shakespeare Center...
Shakespeare Theatre playbill
Shakespeare Theatre playbill...
Shakespeare study pamphlet
Shakespeare study pamphlet...