July 30, 2012
-- On Saturday 28th July, William Shakespeare played his Olympic Role. Stratford's most famous son welcomed dignitaries from around the world to Stratford upon Avon before leading them on a tour of his home town. The special guests are in the area to celebrate the Godiva Awakes art project as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The international VIPs were in town on part of a tour of Warwickshire. The tour organised by Visit Coventry, was put on for the enjoyment of ambassadors from many of the cities across the world that are twinned with Coventry.
The ambassadorial VIPs were given light refreshments at the Falstaff Experience Tudor World and enjoyed the opportunity of taking photos on its historic cobbles. In the museum's newly refurbished theatre area they were given a warm welcoming speech my Councillor Neville Beamer, before being introduced to England's greatest playwright William Shakespeare. The Bard took the VIPs all around the famous market town, and told tales of his life, loves and inspirations outside all of the towns key sights including his Birthplace, School, RSC Theatre before ending at his grave in Trinity Church. The guests particularly enjoyed him referring to the RST as the Royal Me Theatre. The dignitaries were treated to a cultural feast as Shakespeare expounded not only his work but on his England, painting a picture of the Tudor period as only he could. The verdict from the visitors was resounding as all stated that this would be one of their clearest memories of England in 2012.