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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shakespeare's Schoolroom at Stratford's Guildhall

As far as the life and work of Shakespeare is concerned, there is no greater place in the entire world than the schoolroom where he went as a boy.

This place, the Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon, is the place where he learned to read and write.

The schoolroom where Shakespeare was a student

It is the place where he fell in love with English, with Latin, and some little Greek.

It is the place where he met his greatest literary friend and lifelong artistic companion, Ovid, whose life and work, especially Metamorphoses, inspired Shakespeare for the rest of his life.

It is the place where Shakespeare, with his fellow students, probably performed as an actor for the very first time — in plays by Plautus for example.

It is the place where he probably saw professional actors perform for the first time in his life, as they went on tour outside London.

He would have met these actors up close, closer than most children of the town. His father, John Shakespeare was in charge of hiring these actors to perform. 

It is also just possible that some of these same actors helped Shakespeare break into the theatre scene in London when he went there around 1587.

Seen from outside

It is the place where Shakespeare fell in love with acting and writing.

It is the place where, in the earliest and most critical moments of his life, he fell in love with that immeasurably wonderful sound of an audience as people laughed, cried and applauded.

Yes, the place where Shakespeare was born is very important. Yes, the Globe Theatre in London is important.

There are several important places in the life of William Shakespeare.

But without the Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon he may have never traveled beyond Stratford and changed history.

It is hard to know if Shakespeare knew, sitting at his desk in his classroom, learning his alphabet on his hornbook, that he would become the greatest playwright the world would ever know.

A desk in the schoolroom

But the awesome ambition he had to write, create and entertain audiences — including Queen Elizabeth and later King James — the fires of that ambition were first lighted and stoked in that little room in Stratford.

Please watch this wonderful short video by Michael Wood (whose ‘In Search of Shakespeare documentary is a must-see) about the remarkable history of this school.

click here to watch

The school is asking for donations to renovate the schoolroom -- and make it open to the public for the first time ever!

It is the first renovation since 1891.

I don’t often ask you to donate your money to any cause — but I can hardly think of a more deserving one than this.

Just think, when the renovation is done, you can visit Stratford-upon-Avon and see the schoolroom where Shakespeare the poet and playwright was born.


David B. Schajer

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