About The Bard's Night
What is The Bard’s Night?
It is a celebration of the life of William Shakespeare, through his own mentions of food, drink and feasting, which takes place on Friday April 21, 2017, set against a backdrop of Stratford’s Birthday Weekend, St George's Day and the Stratford Literary Festival.
Shakespeare was purportedly born on April 23, 1564 - St Georgeʼs Day. This was also the date on which he is known to have died in 1616. Four hundred and one years on and The Bardʼs Night will fete the man, his life and his words.
The venue for 2017 is the Stratford ArtsHouse at 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU (the refurbished Civic Hall).
Themes for the occasion revolve around Shakespeare, the influences on his work, his words, the Elizabethan/Tudor world, and St George.
A menu has been developed with the Four Leaf Clover Foods to create a modern take on “Elizabethan”, with interestingly international influences on a bedrock of local ingredients (Vale of Evesham produce, meat from local farmers, for example). The menu has been uploaded to The Bard’s Night Menu page.
The setting for The Bard’s Night will be in banqueting format at tables of 10 in the octagonal space of the Stratford Artshouse. The space will be dressed with hanging fabric banners, backdrop panels, with back projected images on stage, a 7m x 5m stage for performances, other 3m x 2m island stages for dramatic interruptions; musicians on ancient instruments, or linking material.
Robert Ball - the professional artistic director who runs the Fred Theatre Company - will join the Bard's Night team to cast and direct the performers and create a thoroughly entertaining whole.
The Bard's Night is a project owned and stage managed by Stratford Projects Limited in association with the independent, professional theatre company, Fred Theatre.
The organisers of The Bard's Night are grateful for the permissions granted by Judy Methuen - the sculptor who created the remarkable bronze bust from the recently discovered image of Shakespeare - known as the Cobbe portrait - and Kelly Jo Hearsey, the photographer responsible for the images of the bust shown on these web pages.