From April 2016, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall opens its doors giving visitors the chance to discover how and where the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, spent his school years and first experienced theatre.
This period in Shakespeare’s life, about which there has been little previous insight, undoubtedly awakened in him a passion for the craft of which he was to become a master.
The opening of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall will provide the opportunity to visit rarely-seen places of Shakespeare’s early life, and so provide the missing chapter in the story of his time in Stratford: his education and his inspiration. It will offer a glimpse into Shakespeare’s formative years, rarely before explored by the public at large, shedding light into his life as a schoolboy and showing how his time at school, coupled with the opportunity to see the country’s finest actors performing in the Guildhall, inspired him to become the world’s greatest playwright. Enjoy an immersive and authentic experience that allows the atmosphere of this medieval building to engage visitors in its unique story.
Shakespeare’s legacy is as strong as it has ever been, which is why the Trustees of King Edward VI School have been working tirelessly for over ten years to achieve the opening of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall to the public. This vision has now been realised thanks to a programme of restoration and conservation that has been made possible by a £1.4million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.