Record rainfall delays opening of Shakespeare’s New Place

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has postponed the re-opening of Shakespeare’s New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon for several weeks.

The trust – which cares for five Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon – said that torrential rainfall in recent weeks has made it impossible for groundwork to be completed as planned.

This delayed installation of the new garden on the footprint of Shakespeare’s family home and the extension to the exhibition centre.

Shakespeare’s New Place had been due to open on July 1, but a revised opening date will be announced soon.

Dr Diana Owen, chief executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “We had an ambitious timescale for this ground-breaking project to re-imagine Shakespeare’s New Place for the 21st century.

“We have met many unexpected challenges along the way, but the record rainfall has slowed things down in the final phase.

“We are naturally very disappointed that we are not able to re-open as scheduled.

“Everybody working on this extraordinary project is pulling out all the stops, to ensure that visitors will be able to experience this inspirational and enduring testament to Shakespeare’s legacy as soon as possible.”