Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

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  • 1. Birmingham Repertory Theatre

    City Centre

    Set within an ultramodern building next to the staggering contemporary design of Birmingham’s library, the revered Birmingham Repertory Theatre is one of England’s oldest (founded in 1913) and most esteemed theater companies. It's equally at home performing modern or classical works.

    Broad St., Birmingham, Birmingham, B1 2EP, England
    0121-236–4455-box office
  • 2. Electric Cinema

    City Centre

    This movie theater, a genuine survivor from the art deco age, is now the U.K.'s oldest working movie theater. Sofas and waiter service enhance the decadent viewing experience.

    47–49 Station St., Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 4DY, England
    0121-643–7879

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    Rate Includes: From £10
  • 3. Royal Shakespeare Company

    One of the finest repertory troupes in the world and long the backbone of England’s theatrical life, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) performs plays year-round in Stratford and at venues across Britain. The stunning Royal Shakespeare Theatre, home of the RSC, has a thrust stage based on the original Globe Theatre in London. The Swan Theatre, part of the theater complex and also built in the style of Shakespeare’s Globe, stages plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, such as Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson. Contemporary works are staged at the Other Place nearby. Prices start from £5 for rehearsals and previews. Seats book up fast, but day-of-performance and returned tickets are sometimes available.

    Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB, England
    01789-331111

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    Rate Includes: General tickets from £16
  • 4. Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations

    These festivities have taken place on and around the weekend closest to April 23, the Bard’s birthday, since 1824. Over several days, the streets are filled with performers, impromptu concerts, and pageantry, and special events are held at various venues. The celebrations culminate with a spectacular procession.

    Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
    01789-269332

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 5. Symphony Hall

    City Centre

    This is the home of the distinguished City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a venue for jazz, pop, and classical concerts. With its shoebox-shape, 6,000-pipe organ, and impeccable acoustics, the Symphony Hall is easily one of the finest concert halls in England.

    8 Centenery Sq., Birmingham, Birmingham, B1 2EA, England
    0121-780–3333
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  • 6. Alexandra Theatre

    City Centre

    First opened in 1901, the Alexandra Theatre, or “the Alex” as it is more affectionately known, welcomes touring companies on their way to or from London’s West End.

    Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 4DS, England
    0333-0096690
  • 7. Autumn in Malvern Festival

    The Autumn in Malvern Festival takes place each October at a variety of venues in and around the Malvern Hills. Classical music is the mainstay of the festival (local hero Elgar is featured heavily) with plenty of literary events as well. Full listings are released each July.

    Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England
    +44-01684-892277

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: Exhibitions and two main events free; other prices vary
  • 8. Birmingham Royal Ballet

    City Centre

    The second company of the Royal Ballet, the touring Birmingham Royal Ballet is based at the Hippodrome Theatre, which also plays host to visiting companies such as the Welsh National Opera.

    Hurst St., Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 4TB, England
    0844-338–5000-Birmingham Hippodrome
  • 9. Ludlow Food Festival

    Held on the grounds of the Norman Ludlow Castle, this annual celebration of local produce is held over three days each September and features more than 180 food and drink suppliers. Many offer free tastings.

    Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AY, England
    01584-873957

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    Rate Includes: £13.50
  • 10. Mop Fair

    Dating from medieval times, the Mop Fair takes place in Stratford upon Avon on or around October 12, traditionally the time when laborers and apprentices from the surrounding area came to seek work. They carried implements of their trades so that prospective employers could identify them. The fair still attracts entertainers and fairground amusements.

    Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • 11. Resorts World Arena

    Formerly known as the Genting Arena, this huge stadium within the massive National Exhibition Centre (universally known as "the N.E.C.") is located close to the airport. Tickets for all events here should be bought through the Ticket Factory.

    Off M42, Birmingham, Birmingham, B40 1NT, England
    0844-338–8000
  • 12. Theatre Severn

    This theater covers all the lively arts: classical and popular music, dance, and drama.

    Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8FT, England
    01743-281281
  • 13. Town Hall Birmingham

    City Centre

    The splendidly neoclassical Town Hall Birmingham holds a wide range of events, including organ recitals, opera, and contemporary music concerts. Monthly tours teach about the history of this magnificent building, where both Mendelssohn and Charles Dickens debuted new works.

    Victoria Sq., Birmingham, Birmingham, B3 3DQ, England
    0121-780–3333
  • 14. Ludlow Shakespeare and Arts Festivals

    Closed Permanently

    These back-to-back festivals run from mid-June to early July. Annual highlights include Shakespeare performed near the ruined castle, and opera, dance, and concerts around town.

    Ludlow, Shropshire, England
    0844-248–5165

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