On Tuesday, 7 June, 18 boys from 1S & 2S went to Stratford on Avon. We visited Shakespeare's Birthplace and saw the Great Bard's bed, kitchen and where he helped his father in the glove workshop. In the beautiful rose garden, we listened to sonnets and soliloquies from a variety of different plays. We then briefly visited the Grammar School that Shakespeare attended, before seeing his grave in Holy Trinity Church. After a picnic by the River Avon, we watched the latest RSC production of 'Hamlet'. The all-black cast put on a breath-taking modern performance themed around African music and colours, and Paapa Essiedu was a mesmerising tortured soul in the lead role. On this the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this was a day to treasure and remember.