In the light of growing concern about the potential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has cancelled five of the larger-scale public events that had been scheduled to take place as part of Shakespeare Week, the annual national celebration of Shakespeare in primary schools.
While the majority of Shakespeare Week activity will continue as planned in schools, libraries and partner organisations across the country, the following larger-scale events will NOT take place:
- 16 March, 10am-11am: Shakespeare Week launch, Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol
- 17 March, 12pm - 3pm: Shakespeare Week Portrait Exhibition, The Lowry, Greater Manchester
- 20 March: Shakespeare Week Warwickshire Schools Open Day, Stratford-upon-Avon
- 21 March, 10am-4pm: Shakespeare Week Super Saturday Family Day, Stratford-upon-Avon
- 21 & 22 March, 10am-4pm: Shakespeare Week Art School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Green, head of learning and participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
said, “We are closely following guidance from the Government, Public Health
England and the World Health Organisation.
We have taken the difficult decision to cancel those events which would
bring together large numbers of multi-generational groups from areas outside the
individual communities of participating school groups. The welfare of the children, teachers, families
and staff involved in our programmes is our first priority.
“We understand that this is disappointing news for all concerned, particularly the pupils and teachers who were looking forward to sharing their Shakespeare work at these events. We hope to reschedule these activities later in the year.
“We are pleased to confirm that our schools courses and workshops in Stratford-upon-Avon will continue to run, as these take place in an educational setting where we can ensure precautionary measures are in place to protect against the risk of infection.
“I would like to thank all of our partners, patrons and supporters for their continued support and understanding as we work together to deliver Shakespeare Week safely.”
For further information about Shakespeare Week (16-22 March 2020) activity and programming visit www.shakespeareweek.org.uk.