Discover the greatest show that never happened!

» The Festival of Lost & Found

When The Festival of Lost & Found pitches up in the garden of Shakespeare’s last home, nothing is quite as it seems.

Friendly showpeople invite you to grab a drink and marvel at the tantalising smells, sights and sounds of their musical midwinter encampment. But as you wander among the tents you might wonder if they're telling you the whole story... Bedecked with bunting and dodging the showers, our hapless cast are determined to put on the best show they can: but with the rain delaying their star performer, mulberry tokens going missing, and a stolen poem to deal with - they’ve certainly got their work cut out. They must unravel two and a half centuries of stories and piece together the clues, enlisting your help to bring to life the greatest show that never happened!

250 years after heavy rain and floods washed out David Garrick's legendary Shakespeare pageant in Stratford, Talking Birds pulls together an immersive, festive theatrical experience for all the family - whatever the weather.

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We are delighted to have been commissioned by the Shakespeare's Birthpace Trust to make this new show especially for their Great Garden at New Place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Venue: Shakespeare's New Place, 22 Chapel St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP

Performance dates and times: Wednesday 11 December at 6pm, Thursday 12 December at 6pm, Friday 13 December at 4pm, Friday 13 December at 6pm, Saturday 14 December at 4pm, Saturday 14 December at 6pm, Sunday 15 December at 4pm. Running time approximately 1 hour.

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance start time, and there will be stalls selling drinks and snacks within the Great Garden (please bring your own reusable cups).

Tickets:£7.50-£12 plus discounted family tickets available, see Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust website for more details and to make a booking.

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Performance, site and access information: The site and performance are fully accessible for wheelchair users. All performances are relaxed and suitable for all ages. Audio description will be integrated into the script so that all performances will be accessible to visually impaired audience members. All performances will be captioned (subtitled) using the Difference Engine, and a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter will accompany the performance at 6pm on Saturday 14 December.

Please note: The Festival of Lost & Found will take place outside in the Great Garden at New Place whatever the weather. It will involve standing and walking, as well as sitting down - so please come dressed appropriately in warm and waterproof clothes and wear comfortable waterproof shoes.

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Our wonderful illustration for The Festival of Lost & Found has been done by Greg Stobbs illustration. You can find him on instagram at:

links to Trails of the Unexpectedlinks to The Whalelinks to The Virtual Fringe website