Charlecote takes to the stage : Love’s Labour’s Lost / Love’s Labour’s Won at RSC

We are thrilled that Christopher Luscombe, a director at The RSC, felt so inspired by Charlecote that he decided to set his latest Shakespeare plays here.



Read more of this insightful interview in Midlands What’s On

Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won is on at the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon,  from 23 September. To find out more and to book tickets visit the RSC website.

We are very much looking forward to seeing how Charlecote looks on stage, especially as we had a sneak peek when lead actors visited site for their promo photos! You can view some of them on the RSC webpage. And don’t forget to also watch the trailer…

Are you planning to see these plays in Stratford? Do let us know what you thought!
Don’t worry if you’re unable to make it to the RSC, your local cinema may well be screening the live show in Feb/March 2015. More information on that can be found online.



The Merry Wives of Windsor at the RSC

We’re pleased to hear that one of the latest productions at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon will be The Merry Wives of Windsor. You may recall in one of Lauren‘s blog posts, she recounted the tale of Shakespeare being caught poaching at Charlecote and how this links us to the play

According to local legend, the young William Shakespeare was caught poaching deer from Sire Thomas Lucy I’s Charlecote estate. Years later Shakespeare took his revenge by portraying Sir Thomas as the fussy Justice Shallow in the Merry Wives… Sir Thomas’s great-great-great-grandson George Lucy happily revived the story at the Shakespeare Jubilee held in Stratford in 1796.

Charlecote’s deer as filmed by clickonthewildside


Now we are happy to say that our visitors get a far warmer welcome to Charlecote than Shakespeare ever did! But did you know that Shakespeare wasn’t the only famous person to be accused of poaching deer from Charlecote…? Just take a look at a previous blog post we shared!

So, will you be going to see this production? We’d love to hear your reviews and perhaps we’ll arrange a Charlecote staff outing to see David Sterne depicting Shallow too!

Ruth, Administrator

Here’s the RSC’s trailer for the production –

Happy Birthday Mr Shakespeare!

Following on from Lauren’s blog yesterday about our connection to William Shakespeare, we thought it only right that we wish him well on his birthday!

There is always great celebration in honour of William’s birthday here in Warwickshire. On Saturday the parade took place with hundreds of people processing through the streets and passing through Trinity Church to pay their respects to our local hero. There is a great video here shared by the Stratford Herald.  There is also lots of information and photos on the main event website.

Charlecote took part in this parade in 2011 and 2010 (our busy free-entry weekend meant we were unable to this year). There is always a great atmosphere in the town and people from all over the world take part. Continue reading