If you haven’t already seen the BBC’s Shakespeare on Tour, today is the perfect excuse to delve into the history of the bard and his plays in your local area.
Featuring more than 200 stories from the BBC’s local radio stations and television channels, the site allows you to see everything from where the plays were performed to what famous – or controversial – actors came from your county.
Craig Henderson, Head of Programmes, BBC English Regions, said:
“Audiences will be able to discover factual details about their local town halls, pubs and private houses around the country whereShakespeare’s plays were performed; how much Shakespeare’s players were paid; and the project will travel forward from the late 16th century to track other iconic moments such as the first – and controversial – appearance of black and female performers on stage.
“The stories will all be available online at bbc.co.uk/shakespeareontour where they can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
To gather material for the stories, BBC researchers worked in conjunction with the British Library, which has a collection of more than 200,000 playbills, as well as the Records of Early English Drama academic project.