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A collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the exhibition commemorates the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death.

On 23 April, as estimates place it, it will be 400 years since William Shakespeare died mysteriously at the age of 52 – just one month after declaring himself in ‘perfect health’ as he signed his will.

Despite never actually publishing a play himself – this was done posthumously by actors he had worked with – his contribution to literature has been remarkable; in the years since his death the bard’s his work has been translated into every major living language and has been responsible for introducing more than 3000 words to the English dictionary.

But the scope of his influence has spread far beyond the page. In this special anniversary year, Compton Verney in Shakespeare’s home county of Warwickshire, examines his work specifically in regard to its relationship with art. From the late 18th century Shakespeare’s plays were a hugely popular source of inspiration for painters – perhaps most famously the Pre-Raphaelites – but also Singer Sargent, Fuseli, Watts and Romney.

Their work is represented here, where it is shown alongside that of contemporary artists such as Tom Hunter, whose photographic series reimagines A Midsummer’s Night Dream in modern-day Hackney.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney House, Near Kineton, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

01926 645500


Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.

10.00am – 5pm

Exhibitions, Galleries & Activities
10.30am – 5pm

We have introduced a new system of pre-bookable timed tickets to restrict the numbers in the gallery spaces and also to collect visitor data to comply with government requirements.

Our main gift shop in the house will be open. While our cafe is closed for the moment please enjoy refreshments from The Garden Shed at Compton Verney horsebox.

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