Prince Charles will begin his day of engagements by visiting the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where he shall meet a number of young people who are involved with the Learning and Performing Network. The Network is involves more than 40,000 students and teachers from across the country who have the chance to work with members from the Royal Shakespeare Company and their local theatres in order to create a greater experience of Shakespeare in classrooms. Students from across the country who are involved in the Network will have the opportunity to showcase an extract of their work on one of Shakespeare’s plays, before discussing their experiences of studying the playwright with the Prince of Wales.
The Prince, who is President of The Royal Shakespeare Company, will then watch a short performance of Henry IV by secondary students from across Stratford.
After this, Prince Charles will travel to King Edward VI school, where he shall meet students and teachers from the school. Upon arrival, the Prince will listen to a short recital performed by the school’s chapel choir. Charles will also be given a tour of the classroom which William Shakespeare is thought to have studied in while he was a student at King Edward’s in the 1570s.
After this, he will travel to the Guildhall to watch a performance of an extract from the Elizabethan play Galatea by pupils of the school. When there, the Prince of Wales will also meet children from Alveston Primary School who will take part in a Tudor class, which will be run by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Before leaving, Charles will be invited to sign the visitors’ book and will unveil a new plaque to mark the re-opening of the Guild Chapel.
Prince Charles will then continue with his engagements in Warwickshire by visiting The Shakespeare Hospice, which is an independent, local charity which provides free specialist care for people who are affected by life-limiting illnesses. When visiting the hospice, the Prince will meet with patients and their families, along with members of the nursing staff, volunteers, trustees and fundraisers. Charles will be given a tour of newly built Young People’s Unit and the Day Hospice.
Afterwards, the Prince of Wales will travel to Warwick School, which is currently celebrating its 1,100th anniversary. Charles will meet students from the music department and will visit a STEM class (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), before joining in with an informal assembly.
Charles will then visit Warwick Castle, which is also celebrating its 1,100th anniversary. To mark this anniversary, the Prince will visit the Great Hall and the State Rooms, before taking afternoon tea with the staff and heritage maintenance contractors of the castle. Whilst taking a tour of the library, Charles will have the chance to view the wax work of Edward VIII.
For his final engagement in Warwickshire, the Prince of Wales will attend a performance of Henry IV Part One by the Royal Shakespeare Company, so to mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. After the performance, Charles will be invited backstage to meet actors from the company, including Sir Antony Sher who plays Sir John Falstaff, and the technical teams.