Jill Berelowitz


Shakespeare's New Place: One Year On

SculptureJill Berelowitz

Congratulations Shakespeare’s New Place team for a great 1st Anniversary and for reaching 150k visitors!

Shakespeare’s New Place, the newly interpreted site of Shakespeare’s family home for 19 years, celebrated its first anniversary on 20th August 2017.


'His Mind’s Eye Tree' created by Jill Berelowitz, in conjunction with The Morris Singer Foundry, stood tall and proud enjoying the view. 

This is where it all began, a year ago.

"Shakespeare’s New Place opened last summer as a major new heritage landmark and cultural destination following a two-year, £6m capital project to re-present the site of Shakespeare’s family home marking the 400th anniversary of his death. Over the past 12 months nearly 150,000 visitors from all over the world have walked through the grand oak and bronze gatehouse to explore the site where Shakespeare’s home once stood, admiring the gleaming contemporary artworks, beautiful gardens and discovering the story of Shakespeare’s adult life through daily talks and trails, and in the exhibition centre. 

Chloe Malendewicz, Manager at Shakespeare’s New Place, said, “New Place is a seamless blend of the historic and the contemporary, offering visitors a complete contrast to anything they will find in Stratford-upon-Avon, or indeed the world. We’ve had a great first year welcoming visitors and local residents, many have returned again and again to enjoy this tranquil little oasis in the heart of Stratford. We have a great day planned and look forward to welcoming visitors and families for what promises to be a fun day of celebrations.” 

New Place serves as a canvas for new and experimental artistic initiatives, including the Garden of Curious A-muse-ments last winter, and several outdoor theatre performances by local and international community groups. There will be an exciting line up of events for visitors to enjoy including outdoor screenings of The Lion King and Omkar - a Bollywood adaptation of Othello as part of the Shakespeare Film Festival, and an immersive winter festival due to take place later this year"  - Shakespeare's New Place Press Release