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Celebrating Shakespeare

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Admin

A playwright, a poet, and a professional wordsmith; William Shakespeare is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time. His works include over 30 plays, over 150 sonnets, and a number of poems and verses. 450 years later, Shakespeare's plays are performed more often than those by any other playwright.

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages." - As You Like It

With many events going on around the world, especially in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and the social media trends focusing on marking the 450th anniversary of his birth, Shakespeare is being celebrated and remembered for the wonderful works he left as part of his legacy.

Quotes such as 'Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't...', and 'The course of true love never did run smooth...' are some of the most celebrated lines in English literature, and if asked to recite one of William Shakespeare's most famous quotes, the majority of people would not fail to produce one.

Around the time of his death, William Shakespeare was highly admired for his work, but so were many other writers of his time. It was not until many years later that his plays pulled ahead and became popular around the globe. Shakespeare's plays are studied in schools, they are West Ends wonders and Hollywood hits. Actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jude Law and David Tennant have taken to the stage to portray characters brought to life by Shakespeare's incredible mind.

"How heavy do I journey on the way, When what I seek, my weary travel's end, Doth teach that ease and that repose to say, Thus far the miles are measured from thy friend" - Sonn 50

Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect place to experience the past of this world-renowned playwright, so here at Great Little Breaks we have put together a list of Stratford hotels to delight you.

Ettington Chase:

Ideally located for experiencing the world class destinations of Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds, and only a short distance from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare's houses, Ettington Chase is a charming Warwickshire escape. With recently refurbished rooms, a modern and contemporary restaurant, and other excellent facilities, this hotel is guaranteed to delight.

Billesley Manor Hotel:

A beautiful country home in the heart of Warwickshire, this 4* hotel is a retreat from modern life. With a mixture of traditional and modern rooms, relaxing grounds and great leisure facilities, this magnificent 16th Century Manor House is set in 11 acres of its own private parkland. Traditionally designed bedrooms, cuisine of the highest standard, and various spa facilities are on offer at Billesley Manor.

The Arden Hotel:

This elegant and sophisticated hotel boasts style and luxury, and creates the perfect backdrop for your great little break. Set in glorious Warwickshire, the luxury hotel is an ideal base for exploring some of England's most famous and picturesque countryside as well as some of Stratford's world class attractions, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare's houses. With the new Waterside Brasserie, the stylish Champagne Bar and various spacious suites with fabulous views over the River Avon, the Arden Hotel is the ideal setting for a relaxing retreat.

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." - Twelfth Night

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