Fri 21 Apr Spring 2017

The Bard's Night

Friday 21st April, 7:00pm

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The Bard’s Night is a black-tie feast of an evening to celebrate the life of Stratford-upon-Avon’s most famous son and the greatest literary genius in the English language. There are many events that celebrate the works of Shakespeare, but The Bard’s Night will focus on the man, his life, his achievements and the influences drawn from his life in Stratford and London, creating a highly enjoyable feast of food, drinks and astonishingly good performances.

Anyone interested in Shakespeare will want to be a part of this new and unique celebration, tickets are available, priced at £60 (Bronze), £90 (Silver) and £150 (Gold) including VAT, for reception drinks and entertainment, an excellent three-course dinner, performances from professional actors, dancers and musicians, rounded off with the candlelit procession and first toast to William Shakespeare of the Shakespeare Birthday Weekend. Gold tickets enjoy extra benefits at table close to the stages.

Fred Theatre is the professional theatre company responsible for the performances on the evening under the artistic direction of Robert Ball. They are joined by the Elizabethan musical talents of Diabolus in Musica and the Shakespeare-linked songs from contemporary duo, Bukechi.

The Bard’s Night supports The Bard’s Hospice, otherwise known as The Shakespeare Hospice.

The following programme gives a good idea as to the flow of the evening, which will be full of entertaining performances:

7.00 pm – Reception activities commence, with a few unexpected interruptions
7.50 pm – Call to dinner. Performers lead the audience into dinner.
8.00 pm – Dinner service commences. Diabolus in Musica performs on stage
8.20 pm – Welcome remarks, announcement about the chosen charity – The Shakespeare Hospice – charity prizes, and the first entertainment
8.30 pm – Dinner service continues with entertainment between courses. Musicians may promenade and perform on stage, breaking only for other items of entertainment.
10.00 pm – Entertainments following dessert (music and dance)
10.05 pm – Charity prize draw
10.10 pm – Performances from the Fred Theatre company with support from Bukechi
11.50 pm – Procession of the Methuen bronze bust by candlelight and a closing toast to the spirit of William Shakespeare celebrating his birth and death and the starting point for the Birthday weekend activities in Stratford-upon-Avon
Midnight – Toast to the Bard rounding off an extraordinary evening in celebration of an extraordinary man.
12.30 am – Bars close

Dress code: Black Tie.

Planned seating. (Each guest will receive a guest directory and table plan on arrival.)

Gold £150 – close to stages, individual memento, enhanced drinks, souvenir booklet
Silver £90 – in the central area of the auditorium, souvenir booklet
Bronze £60 – furthest from stages, souvenir booklet

If you have any queries concerning this booking or any other questions regarding the evening, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers on: 01789 777612.

BOOKINGS: Purchases online will incur a booking and transaction fee – purchases over the phone will be charged a £1 transaction fee, plus £1 (optional) postage. Fees do not apply when booking in person at the Stratford ArtsHouse Box Office


That certain ticket prices and offers are currently only available via telephone booking 01789 207100, or in person at the Box Office.

Box Office opening hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 2pm

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