To mark 400 years of William Shakespeare, British Airways is celebrating the prominent English writer’s famous works by announcing special discounts on return fares to the UK and Europe.
Travellers can visit Shakespeare’s home and exhibition in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, or watch one of his plays at the historic Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames in London.
With British Airways’ convenient connections to Europe through London Heathrow, travellers can easily visit destinations across Europe that feature his famous works too.
Holidaymakers can travel to London, the UK and Europe from just S$1,218 on World Traveller economy, and S$2,288 on World Traveller Plus premium economy. The offer is available for outbound travel from Singapore between 11 April 2016 and 31 December 2016. Tickets must be booked by 4 May 2016 on ba.com
British Airways has compiled a list of the top destinations to visit that feature in Shakespeare’s classics, so get reading and explore these literary landmarks.
Italy, the cultural capital of Europe is the setting for many of Shakespeare’s plays, including the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet set in the northern city of Verona. The city of Venice is the central location for Othello and the Shakespearean comedy, The Merchant of Venice. Travellers looking to visit places in the city referenced by Shakespeare, can visit the bustling Rialto Market to see an array of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits and seafood. Take the ultimate tour along the Grand Canal in the famous gondolas like the characters Lorenzo and Jessica from the play. Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar are known as the ‘Roman plays’ as they are all set in ancient Rome. The volcanic Alban Hills mentioned in Coriolanus are located on the outskirts of the city, there are a beautiful place to capture the stunning scenery.
2. Athens, Greece
The historical city of Athens is the location of William Shakespeare’s magical and romantic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It tells the story of fairies, actors and the marriage of the Duke Theseus of Athens and Hippolyta the Amazon queen in the forest under the moonlight. The ancient city of Athens is steeped with historical sites and travellers can visit the ruins of Acropolis, Parthenon and the Temple of Hephaestus. To the get the best views of the Greek city, climb or take the tram up Mount Lycabettus.
3. Scotland, United Kingdom
Referred to by many actors as ‘The Scottish Play’, the renowned tragedy of Macbeth is set across Inverness and Fife in Scotland. The city of Inverness offers an insight into the rich Scottish heritage and culture. Explore the Highlands including the famous Loch Ness, the legendary home of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. Fife located near the coast is well-known for the University of St. Andrews, attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It is also home to The Scottish Deer Centre which offers a fun-filled family day out with 14 different types of deer to see and rare Scottish wildlife including the wildcat. Golfing enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with Fife’s selection of courses. The most famous is St Andrews Links, it has one of the oldest golf courses in the world and all seven course are open to the public.
4. London, United Kingdom
William Shakespeare lived in London and also used the capital city as the centre for some of his most famous plays such as Henry IV and King Lear. Westminster Abbey, located in the heart of London is mention in Shakespeare’s work and visitors can look around the gothic church and grounds. The Tower of London is also referenced, the famous landmark is one of the royal palaces holding The Queen’s Crown Jewels which are still regularly used today.
Embrace the Elizabethan theatre experience at The Globe, a replica of Shakespeare’s theatre showcasing different productions from the writer in an open air performance.
5. Windsor, United Kingdom
Windsor, located along the River Thames is the setting for Shakespeare’s comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor. The town can be easily reached in just forty minutes by car or train from the city of London. Windsor Castle is the world’s largest and oldest occupied castle, and the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. To celebrate William Shakespeare’s works, Windsor Castle is hosting a special exhibition until February 2017 in its Royal Library. It includes Shakespearean materials collected by the royal family and accounts of performances that took place in the castle.